Henry has had a lovely Super Bowl morning. We walked the Whittier College campus, and I showed him all the off leash dogs. When I explained why they could be off leash and he could not, he was a bit disgruntled - now he just needs to think about whether it is worth coming consistently when called.
Next, after a walk to the Coffee Bean, we did some practice for the "long distance down" in Hoover Hall. Great on a Sunday morning. The Hall is all locked up - low escape chance - and no distractions. Here is my boy on one of his successful "stay" and "come" tries. What a handsome fellow.
On the furry-matted-pup front - I've taken my sister, Karrie's advice. Thank you Karrie! Keep in mind that Henry would not eat for a day and a half after his last encounter with a groomer. And that was just to check him out to tell me what grooming was needed! He hadn't pulled aggressively on his leash for months but that certainly changed. I spent yesterday just giving reassurance and TLC and allowing all kinds of puppy shennanigans. He seems to be back to his sweet and normal self today.
So, Greg and I took the boy to PetCo and explained the problem to Jessica, one of the groomers. I told her he was frightened and skitterish because of his last experience. It was obvious he was nervous. She was incredibly sweet and gentle with him. I mentioned that the last groomer said he was all matted but she said she could not find any after feeling and combing through potential problem areas.
We set up a "gentle-grooming" appointment for him for Thursday at 9 a.m. - so check back!