Friedrich (Gilly) is here locally at a forest school with her human caretaker, Erika. Gilly started out in their home and Erika seemed happy that the transition away from litter mates and mama was met with no crying and all pees and poo outside. The first few days there was some annoyed, growly, snapping at kids when he didn't want to be held or pet, but this behavior went away after a few days. Perhaps it was relocation stress or just how he communicated initially. He did have some worms those first days and was not feeling well.
In the first week when Erika was late feeding him his lunch he brought her his bowl, set it down in front of her and barked, she declared him a puppy genius. In late Sept she told me he "has learned to herd the chickens out of the garden and back to their fence. He also won't let their youngest child (3?) into their house construction site without an adult. He's the smartest dog ever." In early Dec. Erika wrote "Gilly now pins chickens gently with his paws and waits for us to get them on our command of 'hold'". Early Jan. she wrote, "Just want to touch base to let you know how incredible Gilly is and how thankful we are to have him. He is so smart and intuitive and sweet, alert and protective while getting along with everyone on our cue that they are a friend. We love him so much!"