It has been a few weeks and I thought you might want to have an update.
Baron is now 14 weeks and two days. He weighed in at 22 lbs this weekend. He was 14 lbs when we brought him home. He is skinny as a rail: all legs and feet (very well fed, just burning through it).
He has become a very important part of our family.
He is very well behaved. Don’t get me wrong, he chews, he jumps up, he has the occasional soiling accident, (we are working on all of these) but overall he is well behaved. He goes most places with us. Kristen’s mother (who hated my springer) refers to him as her grand puppy. He is allowed the run of her house. We took Baron on a trip to central PA last week to visit with Kristen’s family for most of a week. He was adored by all. He is growing to be quite the little gentleman and a decent representative for the breed.
Thus far he has learned to reliably (if not immediately) hup to command (I am using the English spaniel hup command versus sit). He will (begrudgingly and slowly) go to his kennel when told. He comes to recall reliably enough that we will often, when at safe distance from traffic and other dogs, allow him to walk with us off of the lead. He will retrieve on land well enough for his age. He has made some water retrieves as well. He seems to be very bright with a good dose of head strong. I am very pleased with what he has learned thus far. He has taught me quite a bit as well and I am also very pleased with that.
He loves the beach and loves to play in the water. Although, he is not always completely confident while swimming. He spends a lot of time running in the water. If the girls are in the water with him he will swim and swim on retrieves. Without someone swimming with him, he prefers to keep his feet on the bottom and to run around. Still for his age he is confident enough with the water.
We have had the occasional dominance test, most of it aimed at our youngest daughter; Regan. I had to give her some instruction on her tone of voice and posture. I also had to explain the dynamic of the pack. Since that instruction she has become much more assertive with him and they have a much stronger relationship.
He is loved by everyone here and seems to be happy enough with us.
I have attached a couple of pictures.
River alias Patton wanted just to say that all is good.
We will start doing some blood trailing this week.
Hope everything is good Dave.