Eamon enjoys using all his energy to play with new foster Wendy. This was a very good thing for him, and she also will put him in his place if he is too outgoing or rough. He is getting used to me more, too. He comes now to sit in my lap to be petted, and he has learned the "sit" command. He will ride in the kennel in the car, but will refuse to come out if you take him anyplace. When coming home, he will come out on his own now. Eamon is still a very aggressive eater and loves his treats. He will play with toys by himself or chew on leftover bones, but I still worry about leaving him unattended for too long as he seems to get himself into trouble. Once, he picked up a pencil that had fallen on the floor and chewed it up, and another time, he got a hold of paper blown onto the floor and chewed it. He seems more of a puppy in this behavior and will try anything. He will exchange if he has something inappropriate. He loves to chew on rawhides and bones, play with toys, and run and chase Wendy.
Eamon is a high-energy dog, and will need another dog to play with or many hours on walks and playtime. He doesn't play fetch or toys outside, and does not go in the water as yet.
Due to his past life, Eamon is very jumpy if touched without him knowing. He is still afraid of new things and trusting other people. So if someone comes, he will run to the kennel, but will come out to check what is going on from a distance. The door to the kennel can't be closed, as he gets very hyper when this happens and will try to escape. He is better left with free roam with the other dogs than kenneled. He will actually move a large kennel or chew it up or anything he can reach outside, as nothing can be inside with him either. I tried a bone with him when I left once and did not even look at it. He does not like to be gated either, as he will chew up the gate. It seems to me that he is more hyper when you return if he is left alone, and these seem to be scary times for him. I also noticed that he paces a lot even when other dogs are sleeping, as if afraid to sleep. I did close, but not lock, the kennel one day, and he seemed to lay down and rest. He is getting better now to sleep on a dog bed at times. Sometimes, it seems like he doesn't know where he would be safe to sleep, and since encouraging him to my lap, he seems to settle down more and also trust me to protect him. I think Eamon will have to learn to trust me more, and then he will be more settled with getting out in public. He is still very anxious around new things and places, and it will take time.
Last week, I had to mow the grass, and he hid in the far corner of the yard. I would call him, and he would come toward me, but would return to the corner. Eamon needs someone with patience to work with him, as it may be a slow process or may just happen one day that things will be better for him. He is a very happy dog with lots of tail wags, and loves to be brushed and petted like any other dog. Just his world has expanded, and he is so afraid of trusting since being in his past situation. At this time, he would need someone to be home with him all the time and another confident dog to show him both love and trust until he is ready to enjoy his life without fear.
He can't be around children because of his high fear issue. He needs a companion dog who is confident. He is fine around cats, but may need slow introductions to them. Once he knows you, he wants to please and will push others away to be the main one, but you must show him he is not the only one who likes pets, or he may become aggressive to other dogs wanting attention.
Eamon is a work in progress and will give you much joy. I fostered him temporarily to get him on his journey. Anyone who would like to foster and help with Eamon can contact our Intake team. Eamon is unavailable for adoption at the present time as he needs more growth. Anyone wishing to contribute to his care can contact RAGOM as Eamon loves donations.