Then we headed back to Lisa's house where he met her three Goldens. Actually he had seen Riley and Finn out at the club last week, but he got to meet her senior girl, Sophie. He's not big enough to *really* play with them yet, but was happy to hang out and run all over the place. He thinks Lisa's yard is much more exciting than mine - she has all kinds of bushes and plants to pay around and hide in!
Just as I was thinking about getting ready to leave, Derby decided to take off down to the lake/preserve area. Lisa ran after him and pulled him out (covered in mud), so he got a quick little shower with the hose. Then we decided to let him watch the Goldens swim in her pool. Apparently he decided watching was no fun and decided to jump in! Before I could even react, Lisa jumped in after him (fully clothed) and helped him out. Other than being cold, he didn't seem to be phased at all. At least he came up swimming! After we got him dried off, it looked like he was thinking about jumping in again, but we decided that was enough fun for one day. :)
On Wednesday he tagged along to my lesson with Peyton in Tampa. Near the end we got him out and worked with him and Peyton together on leash. I was pretty nervous, but was told that *now* was the time to start working with them. Um, okay. I had Peyton in one hand and Derby in the other and was to praise Peyton when he was near Derby, but not allow Derby to jump on and/or be obnoxious to Peyton. Yikes, this is uncoordinated me we're talking about. At one point I wasn't quick enough and Derby bit Peyton's ear - Peyton told him he didn't appreciate that *at all*, but it was a short conversation and they both recovered quickly.
It's not that I'm worried about Peyton hurting Derby; I guess I'm more worried that Derby will hurt (using this term loosely) Peyton with his super sharp puppy teeth and then Peyton will decide that the puppy really *is* evil. :) He's just so darn sensitive and has a very low pain threshold. Yes, he's a big baby. And I'm a worrywart. I know I need to let them work it out.
I did need a push though and I've since been letting them out together with Derby on leash. They have been doing well with very polite and appropriate behavior from both. We've also started taking short walks together on leash - that's entertaining. :)
It wasn't until today when I was coming out of the kitchen and watched as both of them came trotting up to me (Derby was *supposed* to be in his crate), did I realize that I'm probably just being silly. As long as I work with them and continue to take it slow, Peyton *will* be fine. I'm sure there will be some "conversations", but it will all work out and I'm sure they'll be good friends in no time.
That's our update for now...hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!