Wow, Kenny barked today! It was the first time I heard him make a noise other than a little bit of whining in the crate at night. Doorbells have rung, Lola has barked at other dogs in neighboring yards, there have been strange noises, and not a single bark. But, Lola being in the spot on the sofa he wanted, now that causes a bark! It was such a funny moment - Kenny jumped on the sofa, basically on top of Lola, to get cuddles and a comfy spot. Lola gave a low growl to let him know he was in HER space. So he jumps off, stands in front of her, and proceeds to let out a very deep, very loud set of barks. Lola looks at him for a minute, and then hops off the sofa, giving him her spot. I am still shocked, but with a bark that commanding, I guess she just couldn't say no!!
Kenny is doing well here. He has had a few accidents, but he seems to get that business SHOULD be done outside. He's also been suffering from some nasal discharge and a cough, so he took a trip to the vet today. Turns out it's just an upper respiratory infection (doggie cold), so he's on some antibiotics and should be fine in no time! The vet agreed with an age of 1 based on his teeth. I am really surprised given his mellow disposition! Don't get me wrong, he has energy and loves to run around, but not like a typical adolescent boxer. He does very well in the crate, although we may switch from a metal crate to a plastic kennel b/c he keeps scratching his nose on something and I think he's rubbing it on the sides. He's also a relentless counter surfer - he is always on the lookout for anything edible. Crumbs don't even make it to the floor! So far, he doesn't even care if we're in the same room - he just hops right up - but he listens when we correct him.
Kenny doesn't know any commands, and I almost feel guilty training him with treats because he is super thin and is very focused on food. He wolfs down his food in record time and treats disappear from my hand practically before I register him moving! But, he is already starting to understand sit, so he's a fast learner!
He's come out of his shell a lot in the first week here, can't wait to see how much progress he makes next week!