We got Cody a week and a half ago. Everything is going great, he is just wonderful.....I am totally falling in love ;o) I do have a few questions though....maybe some background would help:
We got Cody from a woman that works with my husband, she had some unfortunate things happen in her life all at once and didn't feel like she could handle the dog at this time. Cody is 17 weeks old and has never been around kids, strangers or other dogs very much. The papers I have for him show that his parents are AKC registered and has champion bloodlines (starting with his father and going pretty far back on both mom and dads side.) It took him a few days to get to know us so he was mostly just sleepy and watchful. Now that he is feeling comfy he has been so much fun! He already knows "sit" and "lay down" and responds to "no" and his name (which we changed.) He follows me EVERYWHERE......even to the bathroom LOL!
First Question.....It appears that Cody is a chocolate but how do I know it isnt just bad pigmentation and is there any heath concerns that are different because he is (maybe) a chocolate? His nose is pink/brown his eyes are kind of hazel and his eye rims are a pinky/brown.
Second: He is pretty nervous around strangers...sometimes very scared and growly
It doesn't seem very normal for this breed from what I am reading. I am taking him for nightly walks and asking every stranger we meet if they could please give him a treat. This helps and he eventually lets the stranger pet him but then high tails is as soon as he gets the "all clear." Is this just going to take time? Is there anything else I should be doing?
Third: potty training (suprise surprise
) He is doing AWESOME! The breeder and the lady who we got him from were using pee pee pads but that is an ick factor for me, I am more of a potty outside kind of mommy lol! He seems to understand that outside is the place he should
be going and does wait 90% of the time for me to take him out. The trouble is that when he REALLY needs to go he has no problem going in the house. He never lets me know that he hass to go. He is only out of his crate when I can keep a close eye on him (which is most of the day) and I catch him 95% of the time, give him a stern "no" and put him outside. I guess because he is so smart with his tricks so far I have a high expectation? I know it will take time but I wondered if there was anything I am missing. Oh I go out with him to the potty and give him treats and/or lots of praise when he potties outside.
Thanks! I will try to post some pics in a min