Max is doing awesome.
He sleeps within arms reach of me,
so I’m constantly petting his head,
rubbing his nose, massaging his ears and neck,
or just holding his big ol paw.
I allow him on my bed.
He doesn’t care if I’m already laying down,
he’ll gently climb on up, nice and slow, and lay right on me.
At 104.2 lbs. it doesn’t take long for my limbs to fall asleep.
So I’ll position him in between the wall and myself with all four
of his paws in the air. It’s the only way we can both fit comfortably
on this small bunk. He loves it as I pinch his cheeks and play with
all the soft, loose skin around his face and neck.
Max and I have created an incredibly strong bond.
As a result, training Max has been super easy and an
absolute pleasure. He is by far the most obedient dog
in his class.
Right now we’re working on his ”sit-stay” as people greet him.
He’s doing great!
Before anyone can pet him or say ”Hi”,
I say, ”Max, sit.”
Then I say, ”Max, stay” , as I walk to the end of the leash.
At that point I give the human permission to approach Max.
I can read Max like a book.
As I anticipate Max getting up, I reinforce the command
before he does, ”Max, staaaay.”
If he does pop up, I gently give him the command again as I
guide him into position with my loving hands.
We’re at the point now to where he obeys 80 percent of the time.
Still room for improvement. Lucky for us, we still have about 5 weeks left.
Max heels by my side with ease and with plenty of slack in the leash.
I can zig zag, speed walk, slow walk, then suddenly stop, nothing is too much for Max. He remains in the perfect ”heel” position as I make this exercise a fun game for him. A far cry from that first day I got him.
Right now he’s laying in his crate with his big adorable head resting in between his front paws. He’s just staring at me with heavy, sleepy eyes.
If I close my eyes, he’ll close his eyes and then quickly fall asleep. I trick him into a nap all the time.
That’s it for now.
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