I'm a little late with introducing Oliver to you as he has already been with me for about three weeks, but I figured it is better late than never! After I brought Penny back to her previous handler, I picked up Oliver to spend a few weeks with him. Oliver is a ten month old black lab and is the second youngest dog in the PawPADs family right now (Leo is the new baby). He still has lots to learn of course, but he is doing super well with everything he has been introduced to so far! He loves "get it" with lots of different objects around the house and is great at getting his food bowl out of the kennel after he eats. He is definitely still a puppy, but he has matured a lot since I saw him at the end of our time on campus last semester.
Tonight, I took Oliver on our first public access trip together. Living at home during COVID-19 means I don't go many places besides work since my parents do most of the shopping, but I did go along with my dad tonight to get Oliver some access time. Since he is still pretty young, I didn't have super high standards, but he did really well! There were a few times when he got a little distracted by a person walking past or something on the ground, but it was pretty easy to regain his attention. I was really proud of him!
When Oliver isn't learning lots of fun stuff, he LOVES to play with Theo. They are the perfect pair and play so nicely together. Every once in a while, Oliver will try to play with Percy the cat too, but that usually doesn't last very long. In the past couple weeks, Oliver has had quite a few interesting experiences, despite mostly being at home. On 4th of July, Oliver got to experience the sound of fireworks (from his safe spot on the couch of course) for the first time, and he didn't seem to mind them at all. This week, he also got to see a firetruck (and a firefighter) up close when one was sitting in our neighborhood during our walk.
It has been a super fun few weeks, and I am looking forward to the next few weeks with him as well! He will be heading back to his first mom the last week of July since my family and I will be out of town for a few days and then I will hopefully be moving back into my house for work training back on campus in August. I will likely post another update at the end of July about all the new adventures we have had, but until then, stay pawsome!
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Intern with ADEPT (Assistance Dog Education Program and Training). Dog mom. Creative Writing major. Wannabe author. YouTube creator.