Woody is fully vetted (until 2017), is microchipped, and neutered. He has had training, and submits when you assert yourself. He knows sit, down, come, off, wait, "go for a walk", "leave it", "go for a ride", and lets you know when he has to go out... he also waits patiently for dinner and is a sucker for a bit of parmesan cheese on his food. Tidbits of hot dog, kong play, or a face rub is a great tool for reinforcing his training. However, he is stubborn towards people who are pushovers.
Nothing upsets him so far - no food/toy guarding, drops toys when told, totally ok during thunderstorm, and incredibly friendly/affectionate to any human who goes to pet him (or makes eye contact). We are convinced he is secretly a golden retriever because he leans up against you for a face rub and will play fetch with the kong for as long as you want. Woody is a lovebug who is very curious, playful, and EAGER to please (food/kong/toy-oriented). He is a typical teenager-type dog who tests boundaries and needs consistent routine/training reinforcement - he seems well-adjusted with no aggression towards big dogs or humans - but he will attack (HUNT) small animals (small dogs, cats, squirrels, etc).
He is crate trained, and will self-soothe with his kong/toy after a few minutes. Woody does cry when locked in the crate, but then settles down and will chew on whatever is close - he's been ok for 1-4 hours at a time during the day in the crate, ok for bedtime. He will chew on bedding/soft things if left alone for too long (which no dog ever should).
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