Indy is doing fantastic. He's sleeping from around 10pm to 6 when I get up to get the kiddo ready for school (on weekends he'll sleep until closer to 7:30). He hasn't had any house training incidents in over 3 weeks. He's eating well, playing hard and is working on a handful of commands. Sit, Lay, Off, Shake paw, Dance are all standard. We're working on Stay and Here is a constant work in progress (I don't trust him enough to count on it and still only use it if I'm 100% certain he'll follow through).
He's finished up his vaccines until his 1 year birthday. Two weeks ago he started scratching his ears so we took him to the vet and found out he has a yeasty ear infection. He's gotten MUCH better about letting me put drops in. The right side was clear in a week but the left was still bothering him so we have another appointment this week to check it again. Apparently while at one of the appointments he possibly picked up a viral strand of kennel cough (the cough sounds so similar to croup and just as scary). My husband took him to a 24 hour vet to make sure he didn't have anything stuck in his airway. Of course he didn't cough at all while at the vet but they said it was either something stuck (grass or a lost tooth) in his throat that he removed or the very beginning of kennel cough. He started coughing again this morning which leads me to believe it might be that.
We found an English speaking trainer who has come over to help train ME. We've worked on a few commands, getting Indy to stay in his crate during the day (he's fantastic at night and goes right in at bedtime but cries a LOT during the day) and loose leash walking (he's still not very good at this). We also found a puppy kindergarden where there is minimal English but we've gotten pretty good at watching what everyone else does and going last in line during training exercises. Indy LOVES the playtime so it's worth the extra stress on my end.
This is Indy finally pinning a standard poodle puppy. The first week they were pretty close in size but obviously the poodle has grown so much. The trainers that are there keep trying to separate them but they search each other out during play time. Usually it would end with the poodle sitting on Indy but he figured out that if he goes for the ears he can pin him every time. It is comical how closely they resemble each other... and the dirt and leaves.
At this point there is still a lot to be worked on but he is such a wonderful puppy that I can't complain about much. I do wish he dealt with being alone a little better (not asking much as a stay at home parent but I really miss my daily hour at the gym). My 11 year old daughter is incredibly helpful most days and my husband is as smitten as I am.
Thank you again to all the questions and answers asked and given here! They have made this transition to a family with a four legged member so much easier.