Dexter recently transferred fosters, as he came more out of his shell at his old fosters, he became a bit more vocal. As the previous foster worked from home, he was transferred to a new foster home. He initially was very shy and reserved with the new environment, but as the week progresses he is slowly coming out of his shell. This week...
“Hey everyone, Dexter here! And let me tell you I am having so much fun at my foster home. They have three other dogs that I have met. I kept hearing my Foster Mom talk about proper introductions with the person who so kindly transported me here. I heard and saw three other dogs waiting to say hi to me when I arrived, but they only let me meet them one at a time. I guess the proper introductions went well, because now Foster Mom lets me interact with all of the dogs at once!!
I got here on Monday the 2nd, had a bit of a hard time sleeping Monday night, had fun on Tuesday, had something called a neuter on Wednesday, and now I am back to hanging with Foster Mom. She keeps me by her side at all time, even when outside. She keeps telling me it is so I heal nicely. Ok, that’s fine. I like my human. Well, I think I am going to go curl up in the sunshine and take a nap. I would love to meet you!”
Thanks Dexter. As you can read, he is having a good time here. We are still working on crate training. He does not like to go in so willingly, but if you give him a nudge he goes in. He is becoming more accustomed to it and barking less in it. He eats his breakfast and dinner in it, to help with the positive association of the kennel.
Dexter still enjoys human attention and at times can be a “Velcro dog,” meaning where you go, he goes. He is slowly starting to emerge from that, and will go seek out toys and bones to chew on by himself. He still is a little skittish if the other dogs make a sudden movement or loud noise by him, but it is slowly getting better.
He recently went outside without his Foster Mom this morning to do his business. He does have a fenced yard, but is also currently on a tie out lead as well for his safety. When he is off the tie out in the backyard he loves to explore the smells, eat the snow, and chase after the other dogs.
As mentioned below, he will need another confident dog in the home to help show him the ropes. He is still a puppy, 8 months old, and acts like it at times. He mouths when he wants attention, and will grab inappropriate items to chew on, all of which is redirected very easily. He will need someone to take him to training to help him achieve his best self. Is that someone you?