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Very Friendly and Active Boy Needs a Home

Discussion in 'Rescue & Adoption' started by LilianaLove, Jan 13, 2014.

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  1. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    Just got J a "Buster Cube" (Buster Cube - Large - 4 1/2 | KV Supply). It's really nice. It fits A LOT of food, and I was able to put all 1.5 cups of his breakfast in there. It kept him busy for a good 15-20 minutes, and when I went to open the door to see how he was doing, he was chewing on his antler, didn't even get off the bed to say hi. So it must've done at least some mental/physical wearing out for him! :grin:

    Here are some new pictures of him playing on his spring pole, being a happy boy :).


    Waiting, desperately, patiently, for me to give him the ok to play :).

  2. law

    law Big Dog

    He is adorable. I hope he find a great home.
  3. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

    Had any interest in him yet?
  4. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    Only one person, and they were looking for a dog they could take to a dog park and do other similar things with. Unfortunately, J's not that kind of dog.

    I'm taking him to the IWPA pull on the 23rd, maybe someone there is looking for a good starter dog or to add to their bunch of pullers. You never know :).
  5. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    I'm happy to report that J has gotten to the point where he can be left alone downstairs when no one is home without his Thundershirt. His anxiety seems to be lessening, though his desire to be with people is still VERY VERY strong, and he will whine occasionally if he's alone for a few hours. Not being crated so much is doing a lot for him, and he no longer barks/cries/digs/destroys when he's left alone. As long as he is let out regularly (he's a 3 time-a-day pooper), he's pleasantly content.

    His Buster Cube is helping him mentally as well. He is VERY food driven, and VERY ball driven. I've been teaching him to show me where his ball is- I'll throw it just out of reach, he'll go find it, run back to me, signal that he knows where it is (I have him touching me at this point, though I'll see if I can get a vocal cue), and I tell him to show me and he goes and shows me. It's a pretty fun game. He also likes to hunt for the balls when I give him a blind throw and make him sniff them out.

    He's so very smart and would LOVE a job where he could use his nose and get a ball reward. For now, our games will have to do.

    He's still a big fan of Lily, though I don't let them play, they do sleep with me together in bed every night. They're kind of like Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher :lol:.

    I think he would do ok in a house with a submissive, docile spayed female, so long as there are no high-value items left around and they were fed separately.
  6. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    I've been sick for the past couple days. Nothing like a pile of pit bulls to make the days go by easier :).


    I want to say he's gotten basically no exercise over the past couple days, and he's perfectly content just hanging out with me all day. While it's not his ideal situation, it does make me feel better that he's able to chill for a couple days when necessary and doesn't go nuts. He's been Mr. Snuggles, I think he's even out-snuggled Lily today!
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  7. phillysmom

    phillysmom Good Dog

    They're so cute! I know when I'm not feeling well I love having a couple of companions by my side.
  8. Tiffseagles

    Tiffseagles GRCH Dog Premium Member

  9. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

    Such a happy and handsome guy!
  10. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    Awww those are great pictures Tiff! Thanks so much! I love how handsome his eyes look in them, they're one of my favorite parts about him. That collar really makes his gold pop!

    J had A LOT of fun at the pull! He learned the command 'work', and was awesome in the chute. He was pulling to get in every time, and would wait patiently to get hooked up. He would obey the 'wait' command and then was very focused when given the 'work' command. Once there was a little weight behind him he was like 'woah, there's something back there!' but quickly forgot about it and really worked. He got exposed to the cart and did great.

    I was so surprised how focused he was around SO many dogs. While he was a bit reactive to the one intact male there (who wasn't helping by eyeing him up every time they were in sight of each other), he did great at focusing on the job at hand and even said hi to quite a few people, with a lot of dogs only yards away.

    He LOVED him some Abby :). I think that really helps me realize he would do ok in a house with a submissive, calm spayed female (an intact female he would just try to hump all day). They hung around a little 3 or 4 times, and then he decided he'd see what she was about. Even on leash they were really good and polite to each other.

    I was so super proud of him. I think he would REALLY really do well in weight pull. He has such a drive to please, and it was so evident on saturday. Even though he was a little nervous he wanted to make me happy, and you could tell once he got it going that he was super proud of himself also. Every time we stopped he would rub against me, tail wagging, giving me kisses. I would tell him to get ready, and had him wait, and then gave him the 'work' command and he did it without fail.

    He's such a great dog with so much potential.

    As far as basics go, he's getting better with the 'down' command- he likes working for his ball a lot more than for food with this so we've switched up our methods a bit. We now work on it when we play fetch. For walking on leash, he's not big on walking next to you but doesn't really pull. He need a collar correction every once in a while but otherwise he seems to understand collar pressure, and is great with verbals if we need to change directions, I just tell him 'this way'. He's still pretty reactive on leash with other dogs, but where we live now it's not a big deal. He's definitely not the kind of dog that would be ok greeting other dogs on walks, but he can move on a lot better than a few months ago.

    As Tiff pointed out at the pull, he really has no 'threshold' for reactivity. When he's around other dogs, he's fine if they're fine. But if they make a move or react themselves, he really has not self-control and is reactive right back. I'm hoping to get him out to more pulls and events where there are a lot of dogs like this that are safely managed and contained to help him get over that. You could see, after a few hours of being in that environment, that he was actually building a higher tolerance to reactivity. Nothing phenomenal, but enough to assure me that, given time and exposure, he could definitely learn that just because another dog mouths off to him doesn't mean he needs to return the gesture.

    All in all, we had a very fun, successful weekend. No one was looking for a dog like him there, but I'm hoping if we can get him out more and maybe even get him to a novice level that someone might want a fun, active, friendly, intelligent, strong boy like him.
  11. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    For a million and one reasons, I'm keeping this crazy man. No longer looking for a home for him :). He's got a home here forever.
  12. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    So glad to hear that. :)
  13. Beret

    Beret Bullyflop

    Oh hellllllll yeah, this is the best news!
  14. Beki

    Beki Good Dog Premium Member

    :dance2: Weeeehaw! Excellent!
  15. BBPITS

    BBPITS Good Dog

    He's one lucky boy!!:doggyhug2:
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