Cubby has been with us almost two weeks and has settled in nicely. Every day he seems to get cuter as he is more trusting of his new home, us and the dogs. We have not introduced him to any other dogs since coming to our house. He has seen some on walks and gets excited and barks. We will work on meeting and greeting dogs.
He hadn't previously learned how to initiate play, and barking at our dogs did not catch on. Now he has learned that a little nudge, a ball or that look…it’s time to play!
Every morning after our walk, Jack nudges Cubby and they start to wrestle. Then we head over to the fenced area so they can run and chase until Jack gets exhausted. Tyson, being almost 11, has the desire to chase but knows he will get run over, so he stays out of the way.
We started behavioral training last week so Cubby can become a confident dog who will be successful in an adoptive home. His trainers said he was very smart, and he caught on quickly. I agree - we do some sort of trick training or play, and he has either learned a lot or had some trick training before. He likes the stimulation of training.
He loves to jump in the car when the door is open, but he has shown stress on rides. We are experimenting to see what works best for him. So far, we know that he loves the windows down when in town, he likes to snuggle with the driver, and he will lay down in the car when told.