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Red face Our baby just turned one year old!

I brought Griffin home when he was two months old. He was quite a challenge. Honestly, I wasn't sure I was going to survive. It seemed like we would never get the hang of house training and we are still working on being ok in the car. Things are getting better and I no longer threaten to give him away to the first taker (only half joking).

We have lots of routines that we have fallen into. One of my favourites is morningtime when, after my husband lets Griffin out to relieve himself, he (Griffin!) will run into the bedroom and ask to join me in bed. We usually drift back off to sleep together for a little while but upon waking there's a little tummy rub session before getting up for breakfast!
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Aww, happy birthday, Griffin! The first birthday is a big milestone, and you're getting to be a big boy now. Tell your peoples that you still need those belly rubs, though.
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Perry turned one on Monday. We've only had him 4 months, but I love him to death. He has some issues... the potty training is basically there - except for carpets (I had some small rugs in the living room that have been picked up because while he hasn't had an accident in over a month in the house - before that the only place he would have one was on the carpet - and I'm afraid to put them back down!)... and he growls, a lot, so working on trying to get him more comfortable with the things that make him growl (not trying to tell him to stop growling) so that he doesn't feel the need to growl at them - but it's hard because it's things like picking him up, petting a certain part of him, etc (for all of them - sometimes it's perfectly fine, other times it makes him growl so hard to figure out exactly what it is, other than in that specific time/ circumstance it makes him uneasy), but overall he's great (my husband doesn't agree - but we'll be working on that too).

Funny story - yesterday he had his kong out on the couch and after he went running around I couldn't find it (he loses his kong a lot), so I asked him where it was, he pretended to not have a clue what I was saying, so I went looking for it - got up, went outside to see if he'd left it there, then came back in and got down on my hands/ knees to look under the couch - at which point he jumped back up on the couch and, as I was looking under it, he dropped the kong on my head. I guess he had pushed it under one of the couch pillows (which is why I didn't see it on the couch) and 'found' it when I was looking for it! Who knows if he was deliberately giving it to me/ dropping it on my head (I had asked for it earlier) OR if he was just dropping it from the couch (which he loves to do!) but it really made me laugh.
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Welcome to the forum and Happy Birthday to Griffin!
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I brought Griffin home when he was two months old. He was quite a challenge. Honestly, I wasn't sure I was going to survive. It seemed like we would never get the hang of house training and we are still working on being ok in the car. Things are getting better and I no longer threaten to give him away to the first taker (only half joking).

We have lots of routines that we have fallen into. One of my favourites is morningtime when, after my husband lets Griffin out to relieve himself, he (Griffin!) will run into the bedroom and ask to join me in bed. We usually drift back off to sleep together for a little while but upon waking there's a little tummy rub session before getting up for breakfast!
I know the feeling exactly. Loki turned one yesterday. He was easy to house train but had a bunch of health issues early on that I wasn't sure I was going to survive. Now I am not sure i will survive blowing puppy coat and matting.

Mornings are my favorite times with him, too. He is sleeping in bed with us now. When it is time to get up he comes to me and cuddles. He gets right up next to my side and turns over on his back for a belly rub.

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Mornings are my favorite times with him, too. He is sleeping in bed with us now. When it is time to get up he comes to me and cuddles. He gets right up next to my side and turns over on his back for a belly rub.
Our cuddle times are right before bed (I go in for about an hour to read) which is iffy on cuddles (sometimes he prefers to hang out at the bottom of the bed) and morning (after we go out, sometimes before I shower but always for a few minutes after I shower and usually on the couch before I leave for work) - all for a few minutes each because Perry is not a long-time cuddler. Only exception to that is occasionally on the weekend when we'll go out to potty then come back to bed and he'll cuddle for a bit longer then.
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So, this morning, for the very first time, I was the one who took Griffin out for morning relief - he is now in bed with my husband! This is too funny!
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Perry turned one on Monday. We've only had him 4 months, but I love him to death. He has some issues... the potty training is basically there - except for carpets (I had some small rugs in the living room that have been picked up because while he hasn't had an accident in over a month in the house - before that the only place he would have one was on the carpet - and I'm afraid to put them back down!)... and he growls, a lot, so working on trying to get him more comfortable with the things that make him growl (not trying to tell him to stop growling) so that he doesn't feel the need to growl at them - but it's hard because it's things like picking him up, petting a certain part of him, etc (for all of them - sometimes it's perfectly fine, other times it makes him growl so hard to figure out exactly what it is, other than in that specific time/ circumstance it makes him uneasy), but overall he's great (my husband doesn't agree - but we'll be working on that too).
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Funny story - yesterday he had his kong out on the couch and after he went running around I couldn't find it (he loses his kong a lot), so I asked him where it was, he pretended to not have a clue what I was saying, so I went looking for it - got up, went outside to see if he'd left it there, then came back in and got down on my hands/ knees to look under the couch - at which point he jumped back up on the couch and, as I was looking under it, he dropped the kong on my head. I guess he had pushed it under one of the couch pillows (which is why I didn't see it on the couch) and 'found' it when I was looking for it! Who knows if he was deliberately giving it to me/ dropping it on my head (I had asked for it earlier) OR if he was just dropping it from the couch (which he loves to do!) but it really made me laugh.

I am frequently astounded at just how smart Griffin is. While I'd like to think it's just MY baby, in all honesty I believe it is the breed. One of the easiest things to teach Griffin is the name of things so I have no doubt Perry knew exactly what he was doing!
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I know the feeling exactly. Loki turned one yesterday. He was easy to house train but had a bunch of health issues early on that I wasn't sure I was going to survive. Now I am not sure i will survive blowing puppy coat and matting.
I hope Loki is feeling better now.

Yes, the matting is a huge issue for us. I've taken to asking friends to only scratch, rub and pat him in the direction of his hair as otherwise he tends to mat up almost instantly.
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I hope Loki is feeling better now.

Yes, the matting is a huge issue for us. I've taken to asking friends to only scratch, rub and pat him in the direction of his hair as otherwise he tends to mat up almost instantly.
I actually tell Loki to quit scratching because it makes him mat. My husband thinks I am crazy!
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