Blogtober Day 22: Biggest behavioural challenge already overcome

“In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.”
– Edward Hoagland

Phoebe says:

There’s oh so much progress that I’ve made! I’m really proud of myself, and so is my Mom! I arrived a terrified, unsocialised dog, and now I’ve gained tons of confidence and have very few lingering problems in comparison.

My biggest challenges that I’ve overcome are:

  • Totally getting over a fear of water – drinking it and going near it.
  • Not being afraid of people touching me
  • The extreme reactivity and aggression. It’s still there, but much, much better
  • Separation anxiety when my Mom leaves. Again, this one is still there a bit, but I’m much better, and our neighbours have reported to my Mom that I no longer howl mournfully all day long!
One of the many ways we can keep track of my progress - entering and conquering Canine Good Citizen programs

One of the many ways we can keep track of my progress – entering and conquering Canine Good Citizen programs

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Cooper says:

I’m also a rescue dog like Phoebe, but I don’t have near as many issues as she did when she arrived. Though I have the occasional behavioural niggle, none of these are major, and Mom keeps on working with Phoebe and I to make sure we only learn positive behaviours.

If I’m pressed, I’d have to say that the biggest behavioural challenge I’ve overcome is learning to listen 😉 Through doing, and successfully completing my Basic Obedience Certification I’ve learned how much fun it is to work with Mom and Dad when we go about our day. Also…. I learned very quickly that when I listen to them, I get two of my favourite things in the whole wide world: Treats and Love!!

My Dad and I on the day I achived my BAsic Obedience Certificate. We were both very happy!

My Dad and I on the day I achived my BAsic Obedience Certificate. We were both very happy!

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