Acquired: Pet store
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted May 4, 2015
First dog I've ever had. It's an eye opening experience and for such a high energy dog it really is a two-person job. You just got home from being out? Run him out to pee. He just woke up from sleeping or a nap? Run him out to pee. He just drank a whole bowl of water? 30 minutes later better run him out to pee. On top of that, you realize soon after that taking a vacation or a long weekend with the spouse becomes more complicated as someone that can handle his energy and strength is hard to come by to take care of him. It's a trecherous path to travel waking up to him coughing and puking up stuff he may have discovered in the night while you were sleeping. Oh, and did I mention, 6am? Run him out to pee.
Now, in my neighborhood - there is a fair amount of crime. I can't tell you how many suspicious characters walk faster by my house because he's barking up a storm at the front window. It's a relief knowing many of them won't mess with my house when no one is home. But the best thing is - I have had many a aggravating day at work and come home on my lunch break and just sat on a couch with my boy in my lap cuddling up to kisses and snuggles and it really does make all the stress go away. I find myself missing him when I'm out at the movies or a play or a ballgame. He's so good with us now and even better with my older sister who is special needs. She loves him so much and it puts her over the moon when we bring the dog to come visit. She talks endlessly to my parents about her day with her "nephew."
Overall, he's a handful, and I mean a BIG handful, both in terms of time, effort and finances - but I wouldn't trade him for the world.