- Take the puppy on a play date with nine other dogs in a big open field with a few inches of snow. Allow the 10 dogs to play for 45 minutes.
- Take the puppy to the dog park. Allow the puppy to play with three other dogs for 30 minutes, followed by sprinting with him up and down the park after the rest of the dogs leave.
- Collapse in a heap because there’s no way you can tire out your puppy without completely tiring yourself out.
Or so I learned this weekend. Cooper had three play dates at two different parks. In total, he played with 15 other dogs (including Emmett and Lucas) in two days. And yet, he takes a little disco nap and is good to go! Not just good to go. READY to go.
We’ve gone on walks, played with toys, trained lots of fun behaviors, and while Emmett and Lucas excuse themselves to their cozy beds, Cooper is still… ready to go!
He’s not a huge fan of the cold, unless he’s ripping around top speed through the snow. After he’s through playing, he’s found his favorite place to warm up. (Please ignore the tufts of dog fur floating across my floor in the following picture. I sweep every day. I swear.)
All in all, though, having a puppy around is an absolute delight. For all his rambunctious play – and for all the tormenting of Emmett and Lucas – he’s a little cuddle bug who snuggles in my lap every night. He’s incredibly bright and enjoys learning. He’s fearless (yay!) and so far loves going everywhere. Emmett and Lucas have realized that he’s here to stay, and they’re – for the most part – welcoming him into our little herd!
Tons more pics and videos to come, after I recuperate from all my weekend puppy play activities!