Just a little update on Ridge. He is growing like a weed. He is now 11.2 pounds. He took to pad training instantly and slept through the night in his cage by my bed from day one.
Now that he has the hang of the cat not being a squeaky toy; they spend time close to each other for several minutes. A swishing cat tail is a little too tempting yet.
He loves to fetch balls and anything you throw. He's slowly learning to drop it rather than play tug.
Leash training is still a challenge. We have to do more inside where there are less distractions. He loves jumping in the snow banks.
Ridge, I hope, will eventually qualify as a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog. He can't test until he's about 2 years. So, he is enjoying puppyhood. Ridge is quite the alpha dog, which makes leash training a bit of a challenge. Slow but surely he will settle down and allow me to be the alpha. Patience :)!