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Pumpkin is making good progress. He's still extremely stubborn and bull-headed, but I know that's mostly due to his breed. He loves to be underfoot; literally, which makes it hard at times to move about when cooking and cleaning.
Jasmin still hates him. She snarls at him whenever he looks at her or gets within 4 feet of her position. Lola tends to remain at a distance. If he gets too close to her (i.e. in her personal space) she will growl at him and move away. Princess will challenge him, especially when it comes to fetching toys or vying for my attention. They've had a few snarlies back and forth.
His training is coming along. I can now go off to about 20' of distance and drop the leash on stays and comes. His heeling is good provided he's wearing his Comfort Trainer, especially when there are distractions present. Pretty soon we'll have to do some work in public to get over this problem. I believe he's almost ready.
I've been working on teaching him the Speak cue. He actually responded, once. But, that's a start. He can twirl, sit-up and life a paw. We've also been working on Take and Drop. He was a quick study on that one.
Pumpkin - 2 year old, male, Australian Shepherd.
Miriam Fields-Babineau is the author of 42 pet books and is an animal actor agent.