This handsome big guy has been with us for a full week now. He is settling in nicely and has taken well to his foster brother Arthur. They are non-stop ruff housing play buddies! They wear each other out which has been great to occupy and tire Leo out. Stanley, his other foster brother, is much slower to warm up to Leo and Leo is learning to take queues from Stanley to stay back a bit. Stanley is slowly warming up to him and the two of them played for a short time yesterday.
Leo knows sit and we are working on lie down and is picking up on it quite well. Leo loves car rides and will jump right in and wait to go somewhere. He rides well while in the car and will lie down after we are on our way. When we have to leave for a little bit he goes into his crate and does well in there for the short time we have to put him in there. I have tested him a few times out of the crate with Arthur and they play for a bit then pass out. He was been good about not tearing into things during that short period.
He loves toys and when he is not with our boys we give him toys to play with and he is funny to watch. He does well on a leash walking around our yard and from our house to our shop. He still very much has puppy energy, but with another dog in the house he tires out. He gets overly excited when you first come in the house and or let him out of the crate. We are working on staying down as he likes to jump during these occasions. He also likes to grab your leg with his paws to get your attention if you won't let him jump on you. We are working on knowing that both of these are not ok and he is slowly realizing he does not get what he wants when he does these things. He also on occasion with give off a growly bark and when he sees someone new, but he keeps his tail wagging and is excited to meet whomever it is. Once the person pets him he stops and is grateful to have the attention.
He is potty trained, but will pee a bit after being let out of the crate because he is so excited. So he goes straight outside to minimise this. We took a trip to the vet last week and upon entering there was a lady and her dog by the counter and Leo let out his growly bark, but just continued past the other dog and he did fine. He did well with his exam and getting his updated shots. Everything came back well except for he tested positive for Lyme's, however he shows no symptoms at all. He has to go in for his booster in a couple weeks and will be going back in next Tuesday to get neutered. He does well with our teenage daughters, but given how big he is someone with small children may not be a good fit for him as he is a big boy and doesn't realize his size. He is a great boy and just needs to learn some manners and have someone that is willing to take the time to train him properly.