Finding My Way
The first stop in Colby's introduction to his new life with us was to meet his veterinarian. This was done to meet the breeders/owners agreement of delivery of a healthy puppy. Colby wasted no time winning over the hearts of all the girls and his new doctor. There was plenty of face licking and kisses for everyone! All the clinic staff were overjoyed for David and I, and that we decided to bring another WFT into our lives. All these dedicated people were profoundly affected by Casey's passing, and were equally as happy about Colby's arrival. As for Colby's check up, a clean bill of health and found to be a well-adjusted ball of energy and muscle.
Next stop, home to settle into a new environment. When we pulled up to the house again a tearful moment for both of us, we quickly realized Colby was not the only one who would have to make a transition. As a new family, we would have to face adjustments on many levels. Here we go again, puppy training! It has be a long time since we went through this phase, but we were determined to help Colby to become a well-adjusted little gentleman. We decided that we would take Colby to puppy obedience school for socialization and a refresher course for us.
At five months old, we attended our classes. Over the next seven weeks, we noticed a significant change in Colby's ability to focus from constant puppy playtime to following instructional commands. However, the biggest change was in our abilities to offer structure to a young puppy. The classes were both very informative, and yet allot of fun. It offers a terrific opportunity to bond with your puppy, with a sense of accomplishment when the final result of better communication between you and your puppy. We now had the knowledge and the tools; we now had to reinforce them at every opportunity.
Throughout the next few months, we experienced so many successes; however, we also had a few problems & solutions.