Whiz is doing much better than he was when he arrived!
He is much calmer, a little more trusting of my abilities and not so concerned about strangers and or their dogs....that's here though. That will be different once he's back home; it will take some practice/time for Whiz to feel the same way about the home environment.
He is still very slow (with me) on the 'sit' and 'down' commands. It takes two or three repetitions of these commands for him to respond. I can tell he knows the commands, but he has learned that he does not have to follow through and obey in times of stress.
Since his first couple of days here, he has been very quiet and non-disruptive. Remembering; it took him almost two full days to finally go potty when he first arrived, even when I walked him around the front yard for ten minutes, three times per day! He was too concerned about the new environment, even though we weren't doing anything yet.
As you know, this is all for Whiz because of the 'aggression'. Tilly is a pain, but there is no aggression. However, Tilly is a HUGE influence on Whiz! He literally watches what she does with me and copies. It's fascinating to watch. It's time to separate them a bit and spend more time one on one with them.
Overall, he is doing much better! However, his human pack will need to START NOW changing their outlook on dogs in general! (Please read and re-read the 'wpt', Try to memorize the 17 rules and start to live by them with all dogs.) :-)
'Tilly' is a 2 year old female Terrier mix (no, not a pit bull mix...even I don't have any clue! Can YOU tell by the photo? I would love to hear your ideas on Tilly's breed/s!) -
So far, no chewing, jumping up, barking or even whining!
However, she doesn't enjoy obeying obedience commands very much. She seems pretty stubborn. At 2 years of age, she is old enough that trying to bribe her with food will be viewed as a weakness....please trust me on this one. Using food may work at the time, but it certainly does not change the dog's outlook on humans and their communication skills. And, we are then stuck carrying training treats everywhere. I'm done with that and it's unreliable in times of stress anyway.
She responds wonderfully to the remote collar on the lowest setting! A remote collar is a thought for the owner's home after boarding school, too. I feel there will be no way to RELIABLY 'poison proof' this dog without the use of a remote collar. ("Escape training" is the preferable method, versus "corrective training". I should have already sent 'REMOTE COLLAR TRAINING' under the 'physical handling' category in all that literature I sent....Owners, please let me know if you did not receive that one!)
I have been watching Tilly through the camera for the last two days and she has left the dog bed alone. She only chews on her toys....so far! I remove the bed at night, since I am asleep and I am not able to correct EVERY mistake. Same thing when I have to leave the house for even a few minutes. It will take only ONE time for Tilly to start chewing on the dog bed without 'consequences' for her to start the awful chewing habit all over again! She MUST be prevented from chewing anything but her toys, unless you are setting her up on purpose, so you can catch her in the act.
Tilly is definitely an influence on Whiz! Once she decided she was not going to go out the doggie door (with me coaxing her, anyway) Whiz stopped going through the door, too! Lol Yes, the dogs can see one another as they go through the dog door. After a couple of days of several times per day trying to 'invite' them to go through, Tilly started fighting me. Not anything aggressive, just would NOT go through that door no matter what. I got her through, but of course the next time was worse. After that, Whiz started doing exactly the same thing! Amazing!
So, I have given up trying to 'get her' to through the door....now, I just leave her in the 'catch pen' where the dog door is located and I walk away. She will then go out on her own. So, this tells me that she just doesn't want to be told to go through by me, she can do it on her own. That usually means a dog simply doesn't trust human judgment, whether it's not trusting us to shove them through some strange hole or that they choose to simply not obey....that USUALLY means the dog doesn't care what we think, which usually means the dog does not view us as a leader.
Tilly does not 'sit' or 'down' on command very well. I'm working on it, but I don't want her to do it because she has to, I want her to do it because she wants to....she's not there yet! ha ha.
I know she knows the commands, because she eventually does them without being pushed into the position. I can see in her eyes that she is very used to NOT following commands that she doesn't want to. Often, owners simply don't even realize how often the dog chooses to ignore a known command. This often happens in 'loving' households, where the humans just pet her for being cute....more so when kids are involved.
Believe it or not, I am super glad Tilly came along with Whiz! Turns out, she is much more of a 'problem child' than Whiz! ;-) I'll explain that at the 'send-home' lesson!
She is eating well and has normal stool, too.
Overall, she is doing much better! I feel she will be ready to go home after the one month period. I will contact you about a send-home date.
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