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Loki at 6 mos.

Loki was 6 mos. last week. He is doing great. Learning lots of new things. I have an awesome trainer who comes to the house and gets him 3 days a week for a lesson. Two days a week he goes with David for the day - to his house to play with his dogs and about town. On the weekends, I get lessons. We are doing this for 3 weeks. Loki is so proud of his accomplishments. At the end he will have finished basic obedience and will get Canine Good Citizen tested.

Bath time is getting easier. He doesn't love it but he doesn't squeal anymore. He doesn't love the hair dryer but is getting better. I have the flying pig. I have been trying to make drying a game. At first he would run from it. Yesterday, I sat on the couch with him. He didn't want to sit on my lap but he stood beside and barked at and tried to bite the air while I gave him treats. He was free to leave but he didn't. If I turned off the dryer, he wanted me to turn it back on. He was almost dry by the time we finished "playing". Major progress.

He is also sleeping until 5:30 or 6. Sounds early but it was 4:30. He also isn't much of a chewer except for his toys. I have left a cardboard box on the floor for a month and he has only gnawed on the corner a little bit. He will take my shoes if I leave them where he can get them. But he really just wants to "hide" them in his bed.

Reliably housebroken. No accidents in two months except when Marc left the expen/crate door closed when he went out for an hour. Loki went on the floor right in front of the door. Human error!

The next round of dental work is coming up soon. None of his top teeth have come out but the adult teeth are coming in. He looks like a shark. Also, need to deal with the bottom canines. He still has an extreme overbite. After the teeth get fixed, I will worry about getting him neutered.

All told, he is a joy. He has really found his personality in the last month or so. Loki is a very chill little guy except when he gets the zoomies. It is nice combination. Almost forgot - he weighs 8.5 lbs.

P.S. Does anyone know how to get my ticker to update. I can get it to post but it doesn't automatically update!
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Loki is adorable. Love his coloring.

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Such a cute boy! Sounds like your training is paying off.

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He's beautiful! You must be so proud with how well he's doing. Does everyone use a blow dryer after the bath or is it ok to towel/air dry, especially if the pup is in a puppy cut? What type of dental work has been done and what else is needed?
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What a wonderful update. I'm so glad he's doing well, and you're clearly taking care of him beautifully. He's a handsome boy.

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What a handsome boy Loki has grown into!


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He's beautiful! You must be so proud with how well he's doing. Does everyone use a blow dryer after the bath or is it ok to towel/air dry, especially if the pup is in a puppy cut? What type of dental work has been done and what else is needed?
I was just letting him towel/air dry because he didn't like the dryer but he put up a ruckus at the groomers. I decided I need to work on it so he wouldn't be upset. I got the flying pig forced air dryer so it would be loud like at the groomer's. At first he ran away, but after much conditioning - slowly introducing it, blowing it away from it, treating, bouncing the air off the wall, treating, etc. he is getting used to it. Also, it is going to be cold here soon and it takes him a long time to dry. I don't want him to be cold.

His teeth are a mess! He has a severe overbite. His lower puppy incisors and canines were leaving marks on his palate so they were removed along with two permanent teeth in July. It was 12 teeth total. There was just a little hope that his lower jaw would grow but it hasn't. So, now the upper incisors and canines have come in but the baby teeth aren't coming out. If fact, they aren't even loose. They need to be removed but we can wait until we make decisions on the lower teeth since they aren't bothering anything because of the overbite. The lower canines and incisors are just coming in. We need to see where the canines are in relationship to his upper teeth. Maybe, against hope, the canines will be outside the upper teeth and won't bother anything but I doubt it. They will most likely be sticking into his palate so we will have to decide between orthodontics, shaving down the canines or removing them. I have another appt. with the dental specialist next week.

He is such a good little dog for surviving parvo and giardia at 11 weeks and having all the teeth pulled at 13 weeks (he had a cone for 2 weeks). But maybe that is why he is so chill!
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He's beautiful! You must be so proud with how well he's doing. Does everyone use a blow dryer after the bath or is it ok to towel/air dry, especially if the pup is in a puppy cut? What type of dental work has been done and what else is needed?
If the air is warm, it is fine to allow them to air dry, even if they are in full coat. ... it just takes a long time! Most of us do use a hair dryer, however. You CAN use a human one, as long as it has a cool setting. But dog dryers are WAY faster, and many of us go that route, just to speed up the whole bath/dry process.


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Oh my goodness, what a trooper you have! I can't imagine what you all have been through. Bowie has a mild overbite. His breeder said it was fine when she checked and it will probably go back to normal as he grows. Although after reading your post I checked him and he still has an overbite. Was your pups always severe or did it just get worse? I hope the dentist visit goes well!
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Oh! And thanks for the dryer tips!
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