Well, little Gibson has had quite the week! He's still doing fabulously with the potty training and crate training..and learning a few basic commands (sit, stay, lay down). He can be a little mean at times though, which worries me, even though I know it's just the way he plays. He will herd us and run up and growl at us and bite at our feet..we've tried lots of techniques to get him to stop but nothing has really worked yet. So, today I sent in registration for puppy obedience at our park district! I'm pretty excited about it :) It's an 8 week course for only $37! I was kind of weary about obedience classes, since none of our dogs have ever needed them, but I think this will be good for him.

So, to continue the recap of last week.. He had interactions with neighbor dogs and kids last week. He get sooo excited for both. His little butt shakes so hard and he gets so hyper. He was good with most of the kids, but scared one little girl because of his excitedness (a.k.a. getting a little nippy). She got scared and ran away, which, to gibson, meant she wanted him to chase her... Yeah, not good. From now on he's not allowed in our front yard without a leash and I will not let kids pet him until he's better behaved or their parents are around (I know this should've been my rule to begin with, but he was so little and timid that it did not seem to be a concern at first)

He also had his first vet appointment on Thursday. It turns out that he had Coccidia :( I feel so bad about it, because I thought his poop was just normal puppy poop, but it turns out he was sick. This is also probably why he was vomiting the week before. Other than that though, the vet said he was beautiful and healthy..and he just LOVES his medicine for the coccidia. It smells like white chocolate mint..I'm tempted to try it! haha. I can tell he's getting better.

This weekend was his first road trip and meeting with both sets of grandparents and aunts and uncles! We traveled an hour and a half to my parents on Friday. He was so good on the way down, he just slept in his crate. He had a blast at my parents..they have a huge yard, and a black lab for him to play with. My friends came to see him and loved him. The next day we went to my husbands parents, which is a 2 and a half hour drive. He did great there too.. He did not have one accident in either house, it was great..and he did not get too incredibly bitey... not until yesterday.. I had to wake him up to go see my sister and he was sooo out of control hyper/grouchy! He made us look like fantastic owners all the way up until this point..but I blame it on me waking him up from a deep sleep ;)

Well, now we're back and he's kind of sad I think to not be around as many people and what not.. I'm glad that he had some good socialization while he was so young though.

Until next week... :)

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Comment by Kelly on September 10, 2008 at 2:26pm
It's actually a "Dog Rally" class, so I'm not sure what exactly it is (I'm guessing there are obstacles and what not)..and it's $45 for residents and probably $50 or so for non-residents :)
Comment by winnie_the_dog on September 10, 2008 at 2:11pm
agility for $37? do you need to be a resident? i might driver over for that.
Comment by Kelly on September 10, 2008 at 1:46pm
Yeah, when I heard $37 I broke out my checkbook that minute! Check with your local park district.. ours also has an agility training course for the same price!

I think he's a lot better..he's eating more and his poop is solid, yay!
Comment by Alla on September 9, 2008 at 10:54pm
Charlie had coccidia too. The vet gave him medicine, and now it's gone. I hope it's going to be the same way for Gibson too.
Comment by Karen & Bailey on September 9, 2008 at 10:15pm
wow $37 for puppy classs!!! thats the cheapest ive ever heard it to be. we paid about 100 for ours! gibson is going to love it! you made a great choice. not only are you putting him on track to be well socialized, you and him will create a stronger bond with one another. how precious! that's priceless!

hope gibson recovers from coccidia soon. ive heard its actually quite common since its bacterial. so dont worry too much, its totally curable with time and the meds.

cant remember when bailey was 10 weeks. they grow up so fast!!!!!! take lots of pictures and video!
Comment by Alla on September 9, 2008 at 1:47pm
Thanks, Kelly, I enjoyed the reading!! keep it up! I am glad for you and little Gibson :)

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