Mr. Ferdy, he’s an absolute sweetheart! He loves his people and will follow you around like a lost puppy! Which I guess he still kinda is. He’s still very much a puppy and he’s still trying to figure out what life is all about. He really looks up to his older housemates when facing new experiences. He’s now able to go on short walks by himself, but he prefers the company of another, confident dog. Long walks on the beach aren’t really his style. More like a short stroll, a stick chew, and a nap.
He loves to take naps with his ppl, or just hang out on the couch. He thinks he’s a lap dog and likes to try and get right on you, or fit himself into the smallest of spaces just to be beside you, or one of his furry friends.
Ferdy has been non-reactive to cats and squirrels on walks. But takes some interest to squirrels in the yard.
Not much of a barker. He will occasionally bark when in the yard, but rarely in the house. He welcomes newcomers into the house without issue.
Ferdy eats his meals like clockwork. He’s not protective of his food or his toys. Often he will drop whatever he has when told “drop it” or a sharp “ah-ah”.
He knows the following commands; sit, stay (for 2.5 seconds, but he’s working on it), and lay down. He will come when he’s called, so long as he feels like it! (He’s working on that too). On walks he’s good with strangers, but does show some nervousness around kids. He has growled at children at a distance on occasion, typically the smaller and more rambunctious the child the more nervous he is. His primary instinct definitely is flight though.
Aside from the above, he walks fairly well on leash, only pulling hard on occasion to get to the good smells or when he realizes we’re home.
Ferdy is good with other dogs. We have seen zero dog aggression. Although, He is excitable and he does like to play a little rough. He will throw his weight around when running around the yard. He also hasn’t learned to give up when the other dogs have had enough of him. He will mouth the other dogs trying to entice them into playing.
No issue with nail trims, but he won’t tolerate any water being put on him. He not stick around for that no mater what. We found the best approach is to use a soaking wet towel.
He seems to understand he is to pee and poop outside. We did have a couple accidents, but he been better. He won’t go on a walk yet, he prefers the privacy of his own yard for that.
Now for the things that Ferdinand is still working on.
He knows how to use his weight to get what he wants and he’s very stubborn. Sometimes on walks he will shut down out of fear, which generally comes with a panicked demeanour and intense backing up. Sometimes he just needs to pause and take everything in, just to make sure he’s safe. He looks to us, and looks to the other dogs before moving on. He’s improved in this area immensely and should make a very good walking companion with a little more work.
The stubbornness really comes in to play if he doesn’t want to walk anymore, or if he doesn’t want to come in the house, or if he doesn’t want to go in his crate. He just flops and won’t budge! He even knows how to make himself limp and heavy.
Ferdy is very destructive with his toys and blankets. He rips them up and will consume them, so plush toys are not an option. When bored, frustrated, or simply looking for attention he will chew blankets or whatever else he can get his mouth on. He hasn’t really destroyed anything here other than blankets, pillows, and toys. He won’t bother with furniture or walls. He picked up shoes when he first arrived but hasn’t done so in weeks.
He has a very active mind and uses his mouth to occupy himself. He loves to chew on sticks in the yard.
Overall, Ferdy is going to be one amazing companion for somebody one day. He just needs to grow out of the puppy phase, continue to work on gaining confidence and trust with a patient, experienced owner