It seems such a short time ago that we decided to purchase a small puppy.
He was a lot of work, but I enjoyed (almost) every minute of it. It's been fun to watch our toddler and our puppy grow up together, and I am pretty proud of both of them.
Both Kevin and the puppy have certainly grown since last September. As of November, I started taking pictures of them in the same chair so that we could see more easily the changes in both the boy and his dog.
So, here is a brief set of pictures to show exactly how much they have changed.
Kevin loves his puppy. He loves his old dog as well, but she doesn't play very much. Kevin and Arkhon chase each other around almost all day and they really like to wrestle. One of their favorite games is for Kevin to hide under a blanket and Arkhon to try and get him out. Kevin laughs and laughs and you can tell that Arkhon is having a good time too. If he gets his nose under the blanket, he'll lick Kevin and tickle him.
Arkhon is now completely housetrained. It has been a while since he's had an accident.
Dakota, on the other hand, has had a couple in the last few months. She's getting old, after all.
Arkhon has stopped chewing on toys, and now that the grass is longer, he isn't digging in the backyard anymore either. His main issue at the moment is that he gets really excited and will jump on people still, but we're working on it. He's a smart boy, and I'm confident that he'll get it as he matures and calms down.
We still haven't neutered him, but we have trained him not to hump, which is huge for me, because that's always been my least favorite part of male dogs. He occasionally will get too excited when he's playing with other dogs and try it on them, but we stop that pretty quickly. He's super submissive to other dogs and gets along with nearly every one of them.
However, he's also getting a good growl and bark on him. When people come in front of our house, he lets off a deep growl and then a good deep bark.
It's nice to have a guard dog around to keep my son safe.