So Shae is getting super at our walks - excited to go outside; confident. So we went for around the block... He did really great until two barky dogs behind a fence freaked him out a bit... as he was dealing with that - two small dogs on a walk with their person came walking by across the street... It was too much. His little back knees were shaking (so bad the women walking her dogs noticed)...but he didn't try to flee; didn't flatten. Just held still and I just was talking to him; telling him what a good job he was doing... After a minute; he was ready to continue on and we finished around the block... He's really come far in the month he has been here... Yesterday; we just did our 1 block walking and he was just perky and confident the whole way.
He also loves to sleep on top of the couch...and he's so leggy! Super cute.
He's also doing well with the open crate - cause the dog beds in there.. He goes in there and chills out while I'm in the kitchen.
At lunch and after work, it's playtime out in the yard. He has some energy to burn and my older girls are not into the running and chasing he likes. So he has to play by himself (I have caught him just doing rattie runs in the morning) and entertain himself until my work is done. He really would do well with a playmate.
Being a dork
He's very handsome and sweet. Still has puppy in him; but he's learning. Happy to seem him continuing to get more comfortable. He still has a ways to go; but progress!
Shae was so patient earlier this week while I was working; but I could tell he was bored... When I was finally done for the day; he did his body waggin and his silly grins... He was so excited that I was going to come out too! We all went outside and enjoyed the rest of the sunny day here... He even got a case of the rattie runs!
He doesn't fetch; but he sure likes chasing toys and sometimes gives them some shakes. It was fun to see him just enjoy himself and the nice day!
I also had some work done on my air conditioner and while Shae did a little barking him in the house at him; he didn't mind him in the yard - preferring to stay in the house and then to just check on him. He's getting better at having guests come over... still scared; but it seems to be getting shorter.
Shae continues to do great on his daily walks. He's up to a block on the walks and every day he is more confident. He's really confident on the way back (and probably happy to be heading back) and has a cute little strut to him. He's met people on the walks; and dogs; seen and heard cars. All is fine. The lawnmowers are kind of scary to him and garages opening ; but now he just pauses and looks now. No trying to run away. I might even be able to get a picture soon!
I also have struggled with crating him. So thanks to fellow NR member Blair who is on the New Rattitude Behavoir Modification team gave me good ideas and a great plan to work on his tolerance to being crated. He eats in the xpen now with no problem; take treats in there and yesterday; laid down on a doggie bed and enjoyed a bully stick (with the door closed) while I crafted for about 30 minutes right next to him. That was amazing!! He's got a ways to go before he will be comfortable in a crate; but it's pretty amazing how far he's come in a week.
So Shae got his cone off on Sunday. Yay! We have been working on getting him to come to me when called using the word TREAT! He is up to about 75% of the time that he will come up for a treat. Sometimes he still chickens out actually getting the treat; but more often than not; he stays for the treat. I do think Sasha helps him be brave. This is defiantly a dog that will do well with a fur sibling to not only play with but look towards for security and guidance.
I have been keeping a long lead on him - he doesn't seem to mind it. I have been using it for practicing walking in the back yard. He is very nervous out in the world so I thought practicing in the back yard would be a place to start. I also started walking him to my mailbox this week and am happy to report that on Wed - the third day; his tail was wagging as we went outside. My mailbox isn't far;; maybe 1/3 of a block away; but it's across the treat. He is no longer flinging himself down on the ground refusing to move every few steps and seems to know the routine now (and likes the treats). I am happy to see him moving forward in that direction! Next week we may try a walk during lunchtime with Sasha to see how he does. It's tiring being brave!
I just like this picture I caught of him on my security camera while I was inside working. Him in his cone just sitting alone... awwww... but it's a cute photo!
We still have a few things to work on but I am so pleased how quickly he was able to get braver on our walks. Baby Steps.
So we have had a busy week. Shae got his neuter surgery on Monday. He was a tired, drugged up boy for sure and quickly earned himself a cone/donut.
Now that's it's been a little less than a week; he's feeling better; can maneuver in the cone through the doggie door no problem! We'll let him out of the donut on Monday. Good news too; he is showing himself to be housetrained this week. I thank Sasha and Skeeter for helping him in that part!
I've also been getting to know Shae better and while he's still very nervous; he does come and check in with me and lets me scratch him under the chin. He also sleeps in the office with me for most of the day.
I feel bad for him for as timid as he is; but we are working pulling him out of his shell, bit by bit
Shae has a bit of a shoe fetish. He hasn't chewed on them but only on a strap of one shoe; so I've just been making sure they are out of reach for him now. But before that, it was interesting to see where I would find shoes... outside; in the kitchen; on my bed...
He startles at loud noises... The other day I slapped at a bug and he ran out of the room. Sneezed while he was sleeping beside me and he ran outside. It's pretty quiet and mellow here but I've also been working on talking to him a little louder and excitedly to get him used to different volumes and that it doesn't always equal scary. Poor little guy
Him and Sasha get along as long as he doesn't try to play with her. They are good napping buddies in my office. i have two dog beds in my office and it's always a toss up on who will be where.
They really look up to no good in this photo. I think I caught them plotting
He also got to experience a bit of snow~ Ears stayed down but he was willing to go out in and run around (and pee!) so I call that a success! And then the snow was gone in a hour so no more of that hopefully!
Sunny; aka Gertie; is counting to thrive in her new home. I'm so happy for her! This video - I see true happiness and contentedness as she is finally in her home and has her own person! Just the best!
She also has chickens and her mom says she's super interested in what they are all about. She's getting along with her fur sibling and learning to share space. She gets to sleep with her mom which I know makes her so happy! Welcome home little one! So glad that I got to meet her and help her get to her final home.