We had puppy class on Tuesday morning (and a visit to the shops and the dog park afterwards), we did a group walk on Thursday (with another visit to the shops and the dog park afterwards), we rode the Gautrain and had lunch at Isabella's on Saturday and we were at Hobby-X yesterday morning! Volt got to interact with so many people this week! He still gets tremendously excited when he sees children so we are going to have to do some school visits soon.
|patiently waiting till I say he may go out the open door|
Keep in mind dear puppy lovers, as you read about Volt's adventures, that he really is still a baby. At only a little over four months old he gets quite tired after a walk and a couple of 5 minute training sessions a day. A day consisting of a restaurant visit, a train ride and a few car rides really wears him out because he has to work so very hard to be a good dog for several hours at a time. This is just one of the reasons I am especially proud of him after an outing!
And SAGA says he is perfectly on track with his development and training!
|playing with his stuffed dog toy|
And now onto his weekly update.
Volt weighed in at 18.6kg this morning, which means he's gained a massive 2.1kg since last Sunday!
He now gets 180g of puppy food three times a day and can't WAIT for his food!
|his grown-up teeth are coming in!|
|how long are his eyelashes!|
The problem with a guide-dog who battles with nausea is that it makes him or her not want to get in the car, and guide-dogs do quite a lot of car travel. Volt is now at a point where he doesn't hesitate to get into a car at all, and he curls up and goes to sleep in the front foot-well or on the back seat depending on the car he's in. This is fantastic, so now we're going to start working on eating and travelling and see if we can avoid medication.
He's going to get a new full-time collar this week too. The one I bought when I went to fetch him the first time is on its biggest setting already! It'll be too tight for him by the end of the week if I'm not mistaken, and he can't ever be without his collar and guide-dogs ID disc. His blue half-check collar will still fit him for a long time but it is only worn when he's working.
|loving his Coke bottle chew toys|
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