The gloves are off and the gates are down. Sawyer is going through boot camp training this week.
And, yes, this is Sawyer, aka the crazy puppy. He's had his summer shave and no longer looks like this (his winter shave):
Or this (when he's not groomed at all):
Anyway..........back to boot camp. We've always had some sort of dog/baby gate up in the house to give us a place to corral him. He's not the quiet couch-potato golden retriever you see in ads. He's a hyper, bouncy, Tigger-type of golden retriever that we had never heard of. So, we've always had gates up to give him a spot to stay when we needed him out of the way.
But, no more. The gates are down, the gloves are off and it's hard-core training camp at home this week. Our primary goals include no barking and frantic racing to the front door when the bell rings, no "mouthing" everyone's hands, and learning to stay in a lay down command for long stretches of time.
I have dog treats for him and tequila for me. Wish me luck!