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Pumpkin is slowly learning the house rules. He's had a few tiffs with my girls, usually over toys or being near me. He will stop the behavior when I say, Ahh! in a low tone. Then he acts as though he did nothing wrong. He's still super friendly with other dogs - the pet retreat guests. He can sometimes be a little overwhelming on the young ones, but not dangerously so.
We're still working on heeling. I've been a bit inconsistent on his lessons due to having broken rib #9. It's tough to move and will be for 4-6 weeks. Meanwhile, though I do work on his tricks as well as come, sit, down and stay. He has gotten really good at sit-up and lifting his paw. He is still a little rusty on twirl and hasn't gotten the gist of speak. Pumpkin is a natural retriever but tends to lose interest after a couple retrieves.
When it's wet outside I can assured he'll come in muddy and grinning. Another thing that is assured is that he'll wiggle all over whenever my husband comes home. such an Aussie!
Pumpkin - 2 year old, male, Australian Shepherd.
Miriam Fields-Babineau is the author of 42 pet books and is an animal actor agent.