Cody is learning more all the time, but so am I. At 18 months old, he is still just a big puppy with a less than pleasant history. But he so badly wants to please, and that is what will make him a great dog for our family and farm.
He has filled out, and put on some weight. He is very strong, so I do not “play” with him. We let the men do that. He has learned to be very gentle with me and any other female that comes over. He does have a certain way of saying “hello” that we females do not appreciate, but he is getting better about where he sticks his nose.
He is good with the chicks, the chickens and the goats. He loves to tease Bambi, because she does not like him. He loves it when I allow him to wander to the far end of the property and then call him to come. He races towards me, but passes me. Then I call him to sit and he does. That is his favorite command.
He digs 6 foot long trenches going after gophers. It is amazing to watch him. He looks so intent and terrifying. When he shakes his big rope around, he growls and sounds like a monster.
He rarely barks and I love that. When he is in the front yard and sees someone jog by with their dog, he quietly watches. The few times that I have heard him bark, it was at coyotes.
He still cowers at the slightest movement from me. Once I lifted my arm to adjust my sleeve and he almost slipped on the tile running from me. I could not get him to come out from under the table for quite sometime. It is obvious that he has been abused at some point is his short life. I have never hit him. He is more sensitive to me though than to Steve or anyone else.
In the house, he follows me around and lays at my feet. I am sitting in the office now and his nose is on my shoe.