Rascal "Saternus Feroz Felix" recently "turned" 1,5 years old. I can't believe how fast time has flown by with this little guy. Feels like we brought him home yesterday, but also feels like he's been with us for years and years. I thought it might be time for a little Rascal update, so if you're interested, keep on reading!
We have of course noticed more and more the older he has gotten, that his hormones are... increasing. They often make him quite restless and sometimes he get really horny, which is pretty annoying for us, but probably even more annoying for him. We do plan on breeding him (you're entitled to your opinions, but feel free to keep them to yourself), and one "breeding session" lasts for about six months when it comes to calming the hormones.
Despite this, we have also noticed that he has calmed down a bit in general. This is the most noticeable around Sonny's mom, who is his number 1 favorite play mate. He still loves playing with her, but he's not as hysterical anymore, as he has been for the past year or so. I think it's a great sign that he is calming down and getting more secure in himself...
However! During the first 10 or so months of his life he absolutely loved children. The fact that they were more his size compared to adults was awesome and we often had to hold him back from licking them all over and playing etc. But now that has all changed. He is quite scared of children these days and refuses to let them touch him. This is kinda sad and as far as we know he has never experienced a disrespectful "scary" child... which makes this a little confusing. But most people say it's age related and that he might be feeling confused about them. So we just have to keep introducing him to kids and hope that the fear passes.
And last but definitely not least, we did the "BPH" test with him in May. This is a personality test for dogs just to get a evaluation of their psyche and how they act in different situations. Rascal aced it and got almost perfect results (not that there is a perfect result, per se haha, but still).
We're super proud of him, despite still struggling in some areas. He's a great puppy and I think he'll be a great dad in the future too. We do plan on keeping one of his puppies at some point, but it probably won't be from the first litter. :)
If you want to watch the video from the personality test, check it out here: