I believe that there is a fine line in blogging too much and too little for the world to see. While I want to stay 100% truthful, this blog is a representation of myself, Dante, and even though there is a disclaimer on the sidebar, of Canine Companions as well.
I have made some comments as to Dante's weaknesses, but have not really elaborated much because, well, Dante needs some dignity and I don't think it entirely necessary to air our "dirty laundry." ;-) But with that said, we still need to be honest about it.
One of Dante's biggest strengths is his confidence. He has had very few issues with fear that we have had to overcome and is always up for some new adventures. But being over-confident is an issue that we are still working through. He has a very assertive personality, which can lead to some clashes and "battles" over who is really in charge around here. We are still having some episodes of playing "keep away" or out right blowing me off. Dante is still such a puppy, all he wants is to pull me into a game with him. Over and over again, we are told not to chase him, and I really do know this is the best way to end it. But is so much easier said than done, especially when he takes off with something small enough to swallow, or my beloved chacos. But when I just walk out of the room and ignore him, he drops it right away and finds something approved to do.
I seriously wonder if this puppy will ever grow up. Dante has seemed to have found his own private Neverland, and it doesn't look like he wants to come back to reality any time soon. I know that Goldens can take longer to mature than some other breeds, but sometimes I can't help but get discouraged because "nobody else's 16 month old puppy does this anymore."
I keep repeating to myself that He. Will. Grow. Out. Of. This. I hope. Maybe.
To be completely honest, I am trying really hard not to panic. I have a little over three months until Turn In. I know I shouldn't worry, because each dog chooses their own path, but I am getting nervous at the prospect of Dante being away from me and left all on his own to show his true colors at CCI College. Every dog has their quirks, but I feel such a responsibility for him to have perfect behavior. I know that this is unrealistic. I really do. To all of you who have turned in puppies already: did you feel this way? I sometimes think I am a little wacky, hehe!
And there I go again, writing in a direction I hadn't originally planned. I am hitting the Publish button holding my breath. Words of wisdom are always welcome :-)