Since this was Dante's first time inside any type of store, I wanted to keep it fun. Not focusing on any commands, but just letting him explore.
I wasn't really sure what to expect from him, so I was pretty amazed at how well he did. He was very interested in all the smells and sights, but he never went crazy or seemed overwhelmed. Even when we stopped to check things out, it was fairly easy to get his attention - if only for a few seconds.
A few weeks ago during a frustrating moment with Dante, I made a deal with him (if you believe you can make deals with dogs (-; ), that if he would behave himself and listen to me then I would take him to pick out his own toys. Dante held up his end of the deal, so he got to pick out a toy. And wouldn't you know, it has a squeaker. This dog loves his squeaky toys, and walks around so proudly whenever he has one! I'll never forget the moment Dante first figured out his toys squeaked, and he hasn't stopped since!
My mom also found a bone-shaped Kong, and I think he will love that.
I thought that Dante would be hesitant to walk on this floor, but he loved it, and after walking and pawing it for a few seconds. he made himself right at home!
|The fish only held his attention for a few seconds...|
|...But I think he wants to change his food.|
Dante got to greet some people (and hopefully potential puppy-raisers)!
|It was almost impossible for him to hold a "sit" on the floor.|
|Dante LOVED these, and was trying to sniff all the way to the top!|
We ended up staying longer then I expected (talking to a trainer there, but that's a whole other story), but Dante settled really well and we left on a good note. And now I have one pretty pooped puppy on my hands, and I think that means we had a successful outing!