"Kahlo" is a 5 year old female Portuguese Water Dog - in Boarding School for Aggression Management/Rehab.
This dog is doing much better regarding her 'attitude' on following the most basic of instruction. She used to not want to do anything but hang out in her giant kennel....not anymore! :-)
However, she simply doesn't like other dogs or people as much as we would like her to. She will sniff dogs' butts, but the moment they turn to face her she is uncomfortable. She will sniff people's legs if they are facing away, but the moment they turn toward her she is again uncomfortable. We can tell people how to act and where to look, but not dogs....and she is very familiar with this fact. She seems to trust my judgment to control/contain all other dogs here, but that is HERE. Kahlo's owners will need to gain her trust too, if they want her to allow them to protect the territory.
Many dogs simply don't 'do' outsiders and she is one of them. It will take a lot longer than a month or two to change her mind on this issue. Sorry guys!
Other than that, she is doing great with all commands and is even learning the straight 'sit'....meaning that she KNOWS that the word 'sit' means to sit up straight, no slouching onto one hip, no laying down. I often use meal time as a reward for simply sitting up straight. (I am not talking about sitting straight from a standing or laying down position, but rather sitting straight from an already 'lazy' sitting position.)
It is difficult to keep her as shiny and clean as she was on the day her owners brought her to me and I am so sorry I just don't have the facility for bathing. She will need a bath in order to be in the same shape she was on that first day. But remember to NOT give her a bath until after the first follow up lesson if she doesn't like baths! She doesn't like water here...it rained hard yesterday, causing puddling in our yard. She, the Portuguese Water Dog, didn't want to walk through the water, she would try to jump over! LOL!
Not much else to report at this time.
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