This is a bit late so now we’ve had 16 months with Remy. Mostly he’s been a joy, but of course he does have his issues. We’ll start with the issues first and then get to the good stuff.
He had a couple of “incidents” with other dogs last spring, but we’re learning how to defuse situations before they arise. He tries to be dominant with some dogs, and after the first incident when he attacked our cousin’s young Lab, we took him to a behaviorist vet who worked with us on how to socialize him with other dogs. We declined to put him on doggy prozac, however, and he’s been much better in the last year.
Given this history and the fact that he doesn’t really seem to get the idea of playing with other dogs (he’s more of a sniffer), we were nervous about taking him with us at Thanksgiving where he’d be in the same house for several days with another Lab cousin. After a brief dominance tussle (a draw as far as we could tell) they became fast friends.
In late summer we took him up to a cottage on a lake in Maine for a week. We were able to keep him off leash the whole week and he got along well with the other dogs staying nearby. He had a fantastic time retrieving tennis balls from the lake. He learned to swim out to a float, and after a first push, how to climb the ladder and get up on it himself! He also enjoyed following us when we went out in our kayaks.
In October we took him up to a cabin in the Adirondacks where he got to rough it without electricity. There were several new people there and some of the attention made him a bit grumpy. However, he did enjoy accompanying people to the outhouse and he hiked up Dippikill Mountain with us, though he didn’t really appreciate the gorgeous view. Over the winter and spring we’ve checked out several nice places to hike with him from the book “Best Hikes with Dogs Boston & Beyond.”