LOL, chocolate puppy, he reminds me of a bear too! Actually, most of the time, he's pretty mellow. I currently have a bad hip infection, and even though we play, he seems to've picked up on what's okay and what's not. When I'm really in pain, he lays down beside me, puts his head on my shoulder and is just plain patient!
With it so hot (102), I do worry about taking him outside. Since I can't walk too far at the moment, our walks are much shorter than I'd like. However, since he enjoys retrieving his toys once they're thrown, I know that is a great way for him to play and for me to remain fairly still. When he brings back the toy, I stick my hands in his mouth, quietly say 'drop it,' and when he does, I toss it again for him to lope after. He gets out some of his pent-up energy this way.
I'm trying to think of other games that will instill some learning, a little at a time, of course. I still can't believe that before Charlie came into my life that I was a 'cat' person only and not willing to take in a dog. I sure missed out on a lot. I still adore cats, but am highly allergic to them.
I've still discovered that Charlie can hold his poop for as long as he wants. Out of curiosity, do any of you give a certain amount of time before you bring the go back in? Basically, the dog can choose to go or hold it a while longer? I'm trying to be gentle, but I don't need him to have complete control over me either. What's the opinion here?
Kathy & Charlie