Here at home, he's maturing at warp speed. It feels as if he grows between morning and night.
Plus, his intensity about life has ratcheted up, which is not necessarily a good thing for a fearful and reactive dog. We've had a couple of instances of resource guarding against R this week, which upset me a lot. I wish that he would mature into a peaceable dog. That may still happen - we hope.
This coming week, we are taking him to a behavioral vet for an evaluation - not because we have any kind of crisis - but rather because we want to get as much professional guidance as possible while he's still young and malleable. It may even be helpful to get him on meds to reduce his stress level... so that he can learn that the world is not as worrisome as it might seem.
We love this boy - but we do wish that life were less stressful for him. Then, his goofy inner self could shine through all the time!