Look who is off leash, muzzle free and happy as a clam!
Tucker has been a poster boy for our socialization program but we still have plenty of work to do with a little less than 2 weeks left in his Board & Train program.
He is still very uncomfortable with new people touching him, some of which he needs to learn to tolerate such as nail trims and vet visits. We also have some work to do with household matters when it comes to vacuums and loud noises that stress him out. I’m excited to see how this boy progresses over the next couple of weeks.
I would like to give some clarification when it comes to strangers touching your dog. Our dogs need to learn tolerance, trust and acceptance of scenarios like visiting the vet and grooming visit but when it comes to strangers who feel that it’s acceptable to simply approach your dog, it is equally important that we are the dogs greatest advocate and interfere when their body language tells us they are uncomfortable. You wouldn’t force your friend to greet a stranger, so we should give our dogs the same courtesy.
Tucker was a rockstar at @ronahomestore today...after he has the worlds longest pee on the floor 🙈 🤣 thankfully the staff were super understanding.
He had great leash manners and he has several positive interactions with strangers.
He did get uncomfortable with one person but that person’s interactions with Tucker were a little too friendly. It was a good reminder that all people should be respectful of new dogs and their space, allowing the dogs to make advances for affection instead of assuming they want it. Just as people have different levels of comfort around new people, dogs are the same way and some require more time to feel comfortable than others.
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That looks like a happy tail to me! Tucker is earning some privileges inside the house and I think he’s pretty happy about it.
Dogs with social anxiety typically struggle far more inside a house then they do outside because of the confinement and lack of escape routes.
While I got some work done last night, Tucker was on place where he is confined to the boundaries of the blueboard. He already knows the place command and has practised in multiple obedience settings, but now he is learning that when he is on it, he must ignore the other dogs and mind his own business. This is the first step in integrating him into the pack of boarding dogs and also how we will be integrating him back into his home with his new housemate Bailey. Before he earns some freedoms in the house, he must learn to respect others and their space. He did so well last night, he might be roaming with the dogs by the end of the weekend!