Just wanted to give you an update on how he's doing. I guess it could be luck up to this point, but I think he's actually house broken. Not only that, he even scratches at the door and wines to let me know he has to go(theres only been one big accident and it was my fault because I was sleeping). He learns faster than any pup I've seen; I've taught him to sit, and lie down( hes clumsy so the lying down is usually a fall). He wines as you said like hes being skinned alive when i put him in his crate at night, but it will stop after some time and I've been sleeping with his crate near my bed so it really has been easy so far( knock on wood). I think he'll be an excellent watch/guard dog. I was just out with him, and someone was walking their Doberman, and he took a stance like he was a full grown shepherd and started letting out some deep barks for an 8 week old pup. It had us both laughing, it was definitely something to see. The only thing he's chewed up so far is a poster from a Ben Harper Concert, so my friend said it's a clear sign to name him Ben, but I'm still thinking it over for him. I got everything and the dewormer for the 23rd, thanks alot and I will shoot you some pics when I get a chance. Josh
Hey Ned, Ben and I are doing great, he's already got himself adjusted to my routine and schedule( smartest puppy I've ever had, by far). I've also never had a puppy that's protective and this intuitive either. I've been taking him on long walks every night to get him well adjusted and socialized with strangers/joggers etc. He's outgoing and affectionate to people I stop and say hello to and I'm welcoming to, yet if I don't approach the person or the person seems unapproachable, Ben immediately becomes alert and is fixed on them.