So its been a little bit since I've posted an Ace update. Our handsome boy has been doing great! Living the best life a dog could live.
After receiving his CGC and TKN (which the AKC still doesn't show
, guess I need to figure that out), we haven't had a chance to get back into classes. I've had to put all my time into finishing my degree, but its looking good for him to be enrolled back into school in fall! We are going to be working towards our BN and RN titles. After those, I think we are going to head in an agility direction. As long as Phats McGee, who is notorious for being lazy, can handle it.
Our trainer switched us to a chain collar last year, but I finally invested in a LolaLimited Secret Powers collar. He's really doing great on the leash, but still needs minor corrections when approaching people/other dogs. I am just not happy much with pulling on a chain. So this eases my mind, and gives us that little bit of control in those situations that I need. While waiting at the clinic the other day, and older lady walked up to him asking me if he was "friendly". I told her of course, and asked him to sit and allowed her to pet him. I warned her that he may try to kiss her, and she stuck her cheek out. He popped right up and licked her. Such a ham, but definitely not something I want him doing on a regular occasion. Reaching up to shove his face in peoples face is his one bad habit (can farting be the other extremely bad habit he has?). So hopefully this collar will give me the control to prevent that from unexpectedly happening, and help his manners. He just loves people SO much.
Regardless, life has been great for all of us. Ace has been living the life of luxury, and we have been pampering his every hope and dream. His kennel resort is getting closer and closer to being finished. I posted a pic of the proud new homeowner below. We still have minor incidents with him stealing socks, or being spiteful if left in the home alone, so he's still crated while we are at work/sleeping. I have been working on letting him have his crate door open at nights, but he constantly does drive by kisses in the middle of the night, so often that I cant get a good rest. I'm working on my patience and learning how to sleep further in the bed.
. I really don't enjoy having him crated so often, but he's pretty understanding.
The real problem we now face though..... is the fact that my dog is now the most spoiled creature on earth. Observe below.
Sometimes, he gets the full spa treatment. Rub down, treats, face massage and complimentary tucking in bed.
Other times, we binge watch horse movies/shows together (his preference, horses are his favorite to watch.) I've started thinking that he may need to go get a real job and start supporting himself, he's on the fast track to being a full time couch potato! My "no dogs on the furniture/bed" rule seems to have been vetoed by both future husband and dog-in-charge..... I tried (not very hard, admittedly)
He is pretty great at being a seat warmer any time you get up and worry about coming back to a cold cushion.
But god forbid my fiance or I leave the house for a few minutes without him. (He has zero separation anxiety, thank goodness, but really wants FULL attention given to him when we are back in).
And last but not least, the proud new dog-resort homeowner. Its still mid construction obviously, but coming along. Still have to poor the concrete floor (drainage already installed), seal the wall for the separate indoor area, install the fencing, and add the auto waterer/AC/heat. Its a two stall run, and I am being held captive on getting another dog until its complete. Obviously you guys can tell this isn't something meant for him to "live in". Just more space for him to enjoy while we are at work/on the boat. My fiance keeps saying he thinks he is moving into the resort, and just letting Ace have his side of the bed. Works for me.
So yeah. Life's good, dog is good (and healthy!), and we are chugging along! I never knew how much a doberman would change my life, but I am so happy to get to share this time with him. He's definitely my once in a lifetime dog.
However, you guys did NOT prepare me for the amount of huffing/puffing and sass I was going to get! He's pretty compliant, but if he's unhappy its ALL I HEAR ABOUT for the next twenty minutes! Huff... Puff.. Huff... Puff... stand in front of me... heavy sigh... go lay down with his back to me... more huffing. more puffing. It really cracks me up, every single day, lol.
Hope everyone is doing well, and their dogs too!
Edit: forgot to mention, he is now weighing in at 90lbs!!! He's about 28" at the wither. He's still the biggest of his litter!
If I had to give any bit of advice to a new puppy owner, it would undoubtedly be don't ever play chase. Ace will sometimes pick up items he shouldnt (socks/dryer sheets/trash), and we can walk over to him, and he won't run away. He will put his head down sulking as we take it away from him, but there is NO chasing him whatsoever. He doesn't try to run off and avoid us, and we know that if he grabs something he shouldn't, we can get to him and remove it quickly, without all the games. Heck, sometimes he will even bring it over to us on command, but that is the slowest walk ever. Our friends recently got a puppy, and he will steal stuff constantly. Then they spend the next 20mins trying to corral him and capture him to get the item back from him. Doesn't look like much fun!