I just wanted to share some more Journey pictures while I have a moment! She's nearly 15 weeks old and is doing wonderful. I've had her for almost a month now. She's a fantastic puppy and is definitely growing into the 'take anywhere, do anything' dog I hoped she would be. I had a couple of days off this week as my work schedule seems to have changed for some reason, and so yesterday I decided to take her downtown for some socializing and to meet my mom's co-workers who have been wanting to see her. Journey comes downtown with me on every work day too, but it's different because we're not actually staying out and getting her exposed to things. She handles it well, but I wanted to focus more on her while down there rather than my usual focus of simply getting to work. She did great! A lot of people have zero dog manners or knowledge and she reacts so well to those people. I politely tell them how to properly pet/approach a dog, but still, even when they do initially reach for her face and rough her up, she just takes it in stride (and gets a handful of treats from me for being so good). She has a very go with the flow attitude and many people everyday compliment me on how good she is for a puppy, which is always nice to hear. She really makes my job easy though. She just has an inherently solid, stable temperament and all I do is reward and encourage what's already there. She hardly ever reacts to anything, and if she does get scared, her immediate reaction afterwards is to go and check whatever it is out. Yesterday in all the chaos that is downtown Calgary at lunch time, the only thing that really made her stop and think for a second was her own reflection in a shop window haha. Noises, weird people, strollers, bikes, etc. don't bother her at all.
I really can't say enough good things about her. She's definitely the perfect puppy for me and I have enjoyed every moment with her since the day she came home! She's been in puppy classes for a few weeks now, started Flyball on Sunday (but of course can't do much yet - she goes and watches me work with Dance and then we basically just practice recalls with Journey), and starts an "Intro to Dog Shows" handling class next week. She'll also be starting a Performance Puppy class within the next month or so as well, but that was put on hold because it was already all booked up and I couldn't get in. But what we are doing, she's great at! And she's perfect at work too, and fits in like she's been here forever at home. Anyway, onto the pictures!
She likes to lay on my feet on the train. She's learned less people almost step on her this way. Poor pup! But I don't really expect people to be watching for a dog when they get on, as although dogs are allowed, you don't see many on the trains.