Charlie is doing better every day, so much so that I was able to take him out to the deck-no leash or collar-and let him hang out with Abby while I had some work done outside the house.
By the way, at the beginning he didn’t know how to stay in bed while I was in the kitchen doing dishes, or in the living room watching TV, but lately he has been able to fall asleep and has allowed me to do my chores while he snores. Yes, you read it right, allowed me.
Seriously speaking, sometimes we think that we train our dogs, but I am starting to think that they train us. Oh well! You know what? It’s never a dull moment when you share your life with a dog, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Take care.
Charlie has been with us for a little over 2 weeks and slowly, emphasis on slowly, he is gaining weight, and he is starting to learn manners. Yeah! But, I want to tell you that behavior modification takes time, patience, and lots of persistence. One thing I tell my clients that they need to master is walking their dog. At the beginning, Charlie was impossible to walk with Abby, but as days went by he surprised us by walking beautifully like in the above picture.
And then Charlie saw a deer, and guess what? He went airborne. Yes, you read it right. He is a big dog so I never thought that could be possible, but Charlie proved me wrong. It took a few minutes for him to relax, and when he finally did we continued our walk. Is this unusual? No. All our dogs did the same, until they got used to seeing other animals without having any reaction.
For those pet parents that are scratching their heads not knowing what to do with their dogs, let me tell you that your dog will learn athis/her own pace, and you need to remember that. Find a dog trainer that you and your dog are comfortable working with and enjoy the ride. Also, when you are fed up, please do not work with your dog. Take a deep breath, put your doggie in his crate, and have a glass of wine. Once you are relaxed, continue working with your dog. By relaxed I mean balanced not buzzed. Stay safe!
Today, Saturday, Charlie has been with us 7 days. In that time, we’ve figure out a few things about him:
-He has separation anxiety, very common in dogs coming from shelters, and he is improving little by little.
-He loves food, therefore we are teaching him that when a person/dog approaches he has to ignore it.
-Toys, he took a pair of my socks as a toy, and I asked him to leave it. He did.
-He doesn’t know how to walk properly, but he is improving.
Charlie is very smart and we are surprised at how fast he is adapting to our schedule, food, and way of life, but one thing is for sure, our boy has no manners and this is something we are working very hard on from day one.
If you are able to foster or adopt a shelter dog, please do so. Understand that many of them will be a handful at the beginning-their caretakers do the best that they can, but a shelter/kennel environment will always be stressful for a dog-but if you are committed to his rehabilitation, you will have a dog that will be a pleasure to have in the future.
Regardless of whether you adopt, foster, or buy a dog, it is paramount that you get your canine companion rehabilitated by making sure that he gets behavior and training under his belt. With behavior being the one that takes more time to accomplish, but we’ll get there.
We have a long road to go with our Charlie, but he’s worth it. Stay safe!
I thought that our search for a canine companion was going to be long, but I was wrong. Although, I did put an application months ago, but I never followed up on it, so that’s on me. This time, I put the application, but we did a few inquiries about it, and it paid off because we were fortunate enough to get a handsome Shepherd/Lab mix known as Lokie.
We decided to rename him Charlie. He is a young dog, full of energy and very smart. Abby finally has a younger brother. By the way, they liked each other from the first time they met. Thanks a million to the SPCA of Anne Arundel County for taking care of Charlie and for making the process of adoption easy. Special thanks to Kristen, Nick, Jamie, and Gabby. You are the best!