Bubba 16wks

The rare sighting of a sleeping bear
The Bubba is proving to be quite a challenging project.  Zoom, zoom, zoom all day long with a few short cat naps thrown in.  He has also discovered how to jump on his little legs and now effortlessly propels himself onto anything that he can reach.  Thank goodness Bubba is mostly quiet in his crate even if he barely sleeps in it!  At work he needs to be crated most of the day since when out of his kennel he is a very vocal cub, talking to his toys and the corgi nonstop!

Our biggest challenge seems to be his very independent nature.  Bubba just doesn't seem to care if he's being praised or cursed.  I am very grateful he's not a sensitive dog as I've had enough of that!  But I would like a little more care for my opinion!

Training is going pretty well. We even have a little stay on his mat with distractions and handler movement.  I was proud of Bubba for making it through a full hour of being a good little bear at World Team Tryouts this last weekend!  It helped that the bleachers allowed him to sit right next to me and he ate a bully stick for the last portion.  Of course then the puppy limit was reached and into the car he went.

Kathy  – ( May 10, 2012 at 12:37 AM )  

wow, he seems like a cool dog but how is it that they go about choosing say the smaller dogs for service dogs to start with? Are the dogs specifically bred for that purpose or do they just have someone who looks at various litters and then picks likely candidates? He is soooo cute!

Mango  – ( May 10, 2012 at 5:06 AM )  

It's a whole new world to have a little zoomie bear dog. Sounds like he is going to challenge you.

Mango Momma

Laura, Lance, and Vito  – ( May 10, 2012 at 11:50 AM )  

Bubba was donated by a breeder. Sometimes we get to look at all the puppies and decide, sometimes we're just offered one. We do a quick eval before deciding wether to accept or not.

Puppies need to be from breeders who do X-rays/cerfs/other test on Parents depending on breed. Otherwise we will also shelter shop but the dogs need to be between 10-24 months so we can do health tests right away and also know what we're getting temperament wise.

andrea  – ( May 10, 2012 at 7:44 PM )  

so cute!!

and so different to your other recent fosters :)

Kathy  – ( May 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM )  

Isnt it funny the biggest advatages-not being soft and lots of energy so you get a lot of behaviors are probably also some of the biggest training challenges I would imagine, you know he just sounds like the coolest little guy, but boy sounds like he needed to be with a really great trainer, so very cool he ended up with you!

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