Yesterday was wild man Nino's first birthday. When did that happen?!? He's still such a puppy
I worked the majority of the day, and I also work today, so he won't have any birthday fun until tomorrow, when we will go to my grandparents for a fun day and then to open ring agility with two friends.
This first year has been full of laughs, cuddles, and adventure. He has won best puppy in breed twice, and both of those times he has also gone on to win the group. He has 2 points in very limited showing and is starting his third block of agility in early January. Nino has not had a single potty accident since he was 4 or 5 months old, which is absolutely remarkable given how long it took Mario to be housetrained. He no longer sleeps in his crate, but he doesn't put up a fuss if I do have him sleep in there. Nino is proficient in around 30 commands, ranging from novelty tricks to basic obedience to directional cues. He isn't destructive for the most part, though sometimes the shredding instinct can't be suppressed
Our Christmas tree needs no pen surrounding it as he has shown zero interest, and he has been to multiple holiday parties (Easter and Thanksgiving) and has been wonderfully behaved. Christmas day will be his biggest yet, but given his good behavior so far, I'm not too worried.
He is currently eating a little bit of everything. Some days he gets Fromm, others he gets Zignature. I try to make sure he is getting a little raw at least a few days a week, which is either Stella and Chewy's, Nature's Variety Instinct, or Raw Bistro. He does get a little picky about food sometimes and has gone a couple days without food in protest, but he always ends up eating after a day or two of dramatics.
Nino has been walking beautifully on a loose lead for months now, and gets a 2 mile walk a few times a week, weather permitting. He is great off leash, but I have mostly worked on that at a fenced in dog park or at the training center (usually for open ring). He does fine, though, if he gets out into the front yard when pizza is delivered or something, so he is allowed to go out and greet people (it's nice knowing he won't bolt so I don't have to be too focused on him when paying
). I wouldn't allow that if his recall wasn't strong, but it is as close to 100% as it possibly can be. He has never left the yard, which is impressive considering ours isn't huge. It is still mostly on leash or on the long line, though. Just to be safe.
In this next year, I hope to get him his CGC and work toward his therapy dog certification. I don't know that I will have him do any work until he's a bit older, but it will be nice to have. I only worry about the observed separation. He is fine when crated but HATES being left alone with other people and no crate. That is something we will need to work on. I also hope to make his agility debut in time for him to compete at the Havanese national. If his fast skill progression continues as it has been, we should be a-okay. He will be shown more, though that is not our biggest priority, so it will always be relatively limited. I think the farthest I'm willing to go at this point, aside from the national, is just 1 state away. I do plan on traveling to the DFW area of Texas this spring to visit family and may bring him along if there is a show in the area when I go. Who knows.
Year 1 has been an absolute blast with my spunky little wild child, and I can't wait to see what year 2 has in store.