Lucca left us recently for his new home in PA.
The lines from his new mom are well worthy to read, because it shows you what you can do with a Papillon, or Phalene in such a short time, if you take the time and focus on training.
Lucca's learning is going VERY well. He is going potty outside consistently, in fact he was very antsy at the pet store check out, and I couldn't understand why until… we exited and he immediately pooped!! The dear was holding it! Poor thing.
He has learned down, sit is even faster, up on his hind legs, waits (stays) really well, looks when his name is called, leaves treats alone until we say okay, looks at me when something falls on the floor to see if he is allowed to have it. He "gets" toys and is developing an understanding of fetch. He knows drop it and leave it. We are teaching him to go to certain places (bed, window, pillow). Just today, Eli taught him to shake well in just one short session and he also does high five!
We took a long walk on Christmas as his ears perked up when strangers approached, while he increased his speed to greet them. I tell people to pet under his chin and this has really helped him engage with greater confidence.
Antje, I just want you to know that he is an incredible dog!! I am not a dog trainer at all, Lucca is just so intelligent and good natured. Did we just luck out or are all papillons this capable?
He still follows me everywhere. I can't remember what my life was like before Lucca came.
The greatest Christmas blessing!!
Wishing you the very best through the holy nights.
|Lucca, no bigger than a handkerchief, wants to be a shepherd at the nativity|
Look at his amazing ears! Lucca is gorgeous! And he really loves Eugene.