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Thanks for all the great advise, folks! "Leave it" and "Recall" is the next on the list when I meet with the trainer next week.
Regarding socialization, although the SO and I have had dogs before, Castro is our first dog together. Both of us agree that Castro should be exposed to whatever/whoever is out there!
Castro does his puppy/dog socialization at the dog run, and at puppy day care. Since we take him to 2-3 different places (depends on where the SO and I are during the day), he meets a lot of different dogs/people.
We've also exposed Castro to public transportation - in addition to riding in our car, Castro has been on the train to NYC; he's ridden the subway, taken the bus, and yes, taxi cabs, too! He sits in my tote during the ride, and I let him walk once we are on the street.
I've walked him on the street during rush hour, and lunch time. While walking, Castro will sometimes sit on his own, wag his tail as if to say "pet me, I'm cute!" to anyone who looks at him! So, sooo cute!
I am hoping that he continues to learn from us, and as his "parents", continue to reinforce these good behaviors. This forum has helped me tremendously in understanding the breed better, enabling me to adjust how I deal with Castro accordingly.