Last weekend Theo got to meet "grandma and grandpa"! Hehe. Oh man did my parents love it when I called them that! (that's sarcasm by the way...)
Theo had a ball. He got so much love and attention from new people, which is his absolute favorite thing. And my parents were quite smitten with him as well, I think. I should have guests more often, since Theo is always on his best behavior. He barked, he played, he chewed, he snoozed. It was a fun weekend. He even made me look good in puppy class again! He actually played a little with the other puppies (after 5 weeks, he's finally somewhat comfortable with the puppies he's seen every week), and the trainer used him to demonstrate a "sit-stay". He did pretty well in the beginning, but he just couldn't keep his butt planted to the ground any longer with a lamb treat being waved in his face. Hehe.
I don't know if I've mentioned this yet, but next month I'm driving with Theo up to Reno for Passover. He'll get to meet the whole family, which is great, but it also means he's got to suffer through an all-day car ride. Since we're going through the mountains, I'm guessing it'll take at least 10 hours. I'm a little apprehensive about such a long drive with him, but I really want to take him with me. I figure if we have to stop and spend the night along the way, it's not the end of the world.
Since the most he's ridden in the car so far is to the vet and puppy class (only about 10 miles), I decided to take him with me to the airport to pick up my parents (it's more like 30 miles, each way). It was an interesting trip. First off, I have a car harness for Theo. He hates it because he's trapped in the back seat when all he wants is to be close to me. Awww, how cute! The car harness is actually too big for him because we didn't want to buy one when he was a puppy and one again when he was grown (they're expensive!). We rigged it so that it fits him most of the time, but sometimes he's magically able to squeeze out of it...the little devil! So as I was driving down the freeway I saw a puppy prop up on the back of my seat in the rear view mirror. I glanced back and see Theo looking happy to be free of the restraint and triumphant over his escape. Somehow I was able to get him into my lap without Theo hurting himself and without killing everyone around me. I was a little apprehensive about driving with a dog in my lap, but once there Theo actually stayed put very well. (I know, I know, bad julo for driving on the freeway with a dog in my lap!)
Once we got to the airport Theo was all over the place. There were planes taking off and so much hustle and bustle! Once I picked him up and we got inside, we was fine. As I was checking on my parents' flight, a woman who works for a cruise line came up to me and started doting on Theo, which of course he loved. She started with how beautiful his marking are and then went on and on about how I should show him and how I should breed him and telling me that I'll regret it if I have him neutered. It was very odd and very forward. I told her I didn't know anything about showing dogs and I definitely didn't know anything about breeding puppies. But she still, in a very friendly manner, told me he was meant for breeding. She didn't convince me of anything except that she had paid Theodore a very nice compliment. :)
If you want a good way to socialize your puppy, take him to the airport! There's not a huge amount of dog traffic, but there are tons of people and of course, dogs are allowed. There were just a ton of people who wanted to pet him or feed him a cookie or just tell me that they thought he was beautiful. And Theo just stayed in my arms without struggling or whining. He did great.
The plan for every weekend until I leave for Reno is to take Theo on a nice long car ride to get him more used to it. He's never gotten car sick, so I don't think that'll be an issue (I'd probably get car sick before he did!). I think the biggest problem will be getting him used to being restrained. Once he gets used to that, I'm guessing he'll just sleep most of the trip (*fingers crossed!!!*). Also, since we're taking his crate with us, we'll probably just keep him in there for at least part of the drive, and I know he's ok in there. It should be interesting!
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