Hi friends! June was another great month of Hero Dog training for me. It was filled with fun outings and lots of training! I am now 4 1/2 months old and weigh a little over 40 lbs! They say I am going to be a big and sturdy boy! Puppy 2 class started and it has been a lot of fun. I have made new puppy friends and I am learning new commands that form the foundation of my future training. Currently we are working on “stay” in the sit, down and stand position. I’m doing pretty good with the sit and down “stay” but the stand “stay” is tough–I have a hard time keeping my wiggle butt still and I just want to plop back into a sit. My puppy raisers are working hard with me on it so I’m sure I will catch on soon!
June started off with an adventure to the Montgomery County Fire Marshal Headquarters with my best friend Tahoe and his puppy raisers. Captain Mike showed us all kinds of neat things like robots and a bomb truck. Tahoe and I walked on different surfaces, climbed into vehicles, and heard strange loud noises–it was great because nothing bothered us.
Summer heat and humidity arrived in Maryland this month and I discovered it is hard being a black lab in the summertime! On the plus side, my puppy raisers bought Bella and me a kiddie pool. It is a great way to cool off and a lot of fun to splash around in. Even old Bella gets playful in the water! I have also discovered air conditioning vents in the house which are delightful to lie across on a hot day! I continue to enjoy my daily walks with Bella and my puppy raisers.
We go to a lot of different parks as well as walking all around our small town. I like it when we go to a park with a playground because if the playground is empty I get to play! I have fun running up and down the different stairs and going down the little slides.
Another fun outing I went on this month was a field trip to the Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg, MD. Jennifer worked with the HD puppies and raisers on parking lot safety and getting in and out of the car correctly. After that we moved into the Target store and learned how to walk behind a shopping cart, move through automatic doors and entering and exiting elevators. We were a pretty adorable group moving through the store and we all received many nice smiles and compliments! Throughout the month I also continued my visits to stores and restaurants. I am becoming a “regular” at some of these places and people are starting to recognize me. It makes me proud when I hear my puppy raisers talk about the Hero Dog organization and explain my future job to people.
The month finished up with a fun day trip to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in Harpers Ferry, WV. It is a pretty historical town, but the most interesting things for me were riding on a shuttle bus from the parking lot, walking up and down three different types of stairs to include steel grate open stairs with a spiral, and getting to play in a small waterfall on the walk back to the car.