Baxter graduates (and a hint at where I'm going next)
Over the weekend, Baxter had a graduation of sorts.
As a puppy, Bax loved his crate. When he was sleepy or wanted to do some chewing, he'd retreat to his crate. When he was about to get a good treat, he'd trot to his crate, looking back every few steps to make sure I was following. Though he loved his crate, I wasn't sure it was quite large enough for him to stay in all the time. Instead of getting a bigger one, I took the crate away to use in my rescue work and got a baby gate to give Baxter some boundaries, but more room to stretch out when I wasn't home.
Baxter didn't mind the gate at all. He learned to proudly demonstrate his ability to open the gate on command. When he reached two years old, I decided he was ready to have full run of the house. I had tried this with him about six months ago, but came home to a carefully shredded tissue one day and a daintily shredded napkin the next. This time, there were no problems. Baxter's a free dog and the doorway into the kitchen is a little more spacious.
As if it wasn't obvious, I'm going to talk about some changes in the kitchen next. I haven't done much and could use some opinions on what to do next!