Petey is such a smart little dog.
In just a few days he learned to stop and sit when walking, to sit and stay on a chair and to down and stay in his bed.
He comes to me when I call him, even from other rooms.
He likes the new blanket we are using as his Place and finds it comforting to snuggle there.
It is not difficult to teach him the basic obedience skills he needs to be a Pet Partner Love Dog. It is not difficult to teach any dog these skills.
But the most important attribute every Love Dog needs cannot be taught – the love factor.
Does the dog truly want to be with people, all people, new people, strange people, funny people, loud people, nervous people, young people, older people, anxious people and maybe even smelly people?
Does the dog listen to his or her owner and really look at them?
Does the dog turn to his or her name each and every time?
Does the dog want to cuddle up in your lap if small enough or sit by your side within easy petting reach?
Does the dog enjoy being with people even more than being alone with a toy?
Petey has all these attributes and more.
So Petey continues his path to becoming a Love Dog … can he do it?