It's been a tough few days for Jake the Aussie. GF and I both started new jobs this week, so he's home alone all day, and since he's a big, exuberant, year-old Aussie, we keep him in his crate when he's home alone.
Tuesday night, we brought him up to a local pet supply place for a visit. A couple of groomers are there Tuesday evenings, doing nail trimmings, for a donation to a local animal rescue. We used to take Denali there every three or four weeks. As amazing as she was, she would forget all her manners when she went in there, because it was all about the treats she would get after her nails were done. We've brought Jake down the past three weeks, not that he needed his nails done, but just so he gets used to the place, the ladies, and the noise and feel of the Dremel tool she uses. He's been pretty good about it, he's getting used to the Dremel little by little. This week he was amazing - this is the dog that loses his mind when he sees a bunny when we're out for a walk. While we were waiting, he mostly just sat at our feet quietly, he didn't get all crazy when he saw other dogs there, and was well behaved when we were in with the groomers. We stopped for ice cream afterwards, at a small shop in town. We had ice cream, he had a "pup cup" of vanilla ice cream with a dog biscuit, and got loved on by a number of people, including a little (2 year old?) girl - he was incredibly calm and gentle with her.
Tonight, we took him to a local dog park for the first time. I don't know that he's been to one before, and he absolutely loved the chance to run off leash and play with the other dogs. There was a guy with a German Shorthaired Pointer who was throwing a ball around, and Jake would chase her as she went after the ball and brought it back, and a couple of times beat her to the ball and brought it back himself. He burned off a lot of energy and had a blast!
He made a bunch of new friends, although he did knock this German Shepherd puppy down a few times.