My name is Jamie Slaughter. My wife Stacy and I (and our three cats) welcomed a new GSP to the family about five weeks ago. Housebreaking has gone fairly well, with the occasional accident. Forrest (named after the general, not the fictitious character portrayed by Tom Hanks) is pretty much what I thought he would be: a very active puppy with two speeds: flank speed, and full stop.
He gets along reasonably well with the cats, and tries to play with them, although thier versions of play are quite different. Our oldest cat Harley, and our largest at over twenty pounds, pretty much smacks him around if he gets too close, and the other two (Felix and Bear) get up high and taunt him. Nobody has been hurt to date, and we try to monitor them fairly closely.
We really need help with some basic obedience and hunt training references. Could somebody please point (pun fully intended) us in the right direction? We have sit, come and lay down fairly well, and we are working on stay and shake (I know he is capable of a tremendous amount more).
Forrest is about the most handsome pup I have ever seen. He responds to training, but he has a short attention span sometimes. Any help with useful books and/or DVDs would be greatly appreciated.
Jamie, Stacy, and Forrest
p.s. Our cats (Harley, Felix, and Bear) thank you too!