Chance and what I am seeing in first 3 days
3 days since adoption of Chance. For new readers here on my guy, he is 2-3 yrs old, was a removal from a home. Outside his entire life, possible beatings as the other dog who was with him had in fact been.
So far these are thing I am seeing with him.
Going outside to relieve himself.....
Same bush to pee on, same spot to poop at, then he uses his back feet to cover it. He sure is making it easy for cleanup out there!
Lifted his leg once inside the house, which I find amazing in itself since he has never been an inside dog. I was really prepared for much worse!
However, it was on a silk plant I had and that has since been thrown out.
NOTE TO SELF: no trees, plants, etc for at least a year in the house.
He is not skittish about things. When he does show a "concern" about a noise due to the heat pump kicking on, he gets over it immediately and from then on is fine with particular thing/noise.
Fine with people so far. Took him to the groomer and she commented on how well he was with other dogs, strangers and even the blow dryer.
Seems to love my 22 yr old son Matt almost as much as he shows affection for me. However, Chance tends to follow me more around the house or lays near me when I am on the puter, which is a lot since I work out of our home.
HOWEVER! He is showing definite protectiveness in our home. When Matt came home from work yesterday, he came up to the back door which is halfway with glass. I was standing right there at the kitchen sink, but Matt being silly knocked anyways.
Chance went NUTS. Let me say, just at the point Matt was starting to knock, Chance had seen him so it happened really at the same time.
Honestly, if I had gone to someone's house and their dog was barking at me like Chance was doing, I'd ask them to put him away or I would leave.
I was a bit surprised and told Matt to wait a minute. I then turned to Chance and said it was Okay and Shhh. In a firm but not loud tone.
I went to open the door and the barking got a bit more intense. So I told Matt once again to hold on, I turned to Chance and said the same thing.
Then once my son walked in, I told him to greet Chance with a nice sounding voice. Chance pretty much instantly was okay and was wagging his tail, then he followed Matt to his bedroom for a bit.
I fell asleep on the couch last night and woke up with a start at 4 am. I had passed out and hadn't put Chance in his bed the night before. Chance was curled up on the floor in front of me. When I leaned over to say good morning to him I was greeted back with 2 very happy licks to my face, then a dancing of "Can I go outside please?!"
Found an obedience training place that is 10 minutes from me. I am very cautious however and am planning on going there today with Chance to see how they are, their method of training, etc.
I am concerned that since I am at home alot, this may set Chance up to be "Protector of All" with me, and I do not want that to happen.
So aside from obedience training, I plan to every day take him somewhere with a controlled type setting.
Example. The pet store I went to the other day before my trip, I need to go back to today. I am calling the owner Dennis to let him know I am coming and to please have a HEALTHY treat available for Chance when he meets him.
I find Chance to be quite intelligent, not hyper, but a good amount of energy, willingness to please and I think will excel with training.
Even though he has known nothing but being chained up outside his entire life so far, he prefers being inside. The only time he gives me a harder time is when I am outside with him and he thinks playtime with me should be going on a lot longer than I do.
Other than that, he does his business and runs straight back to the door to be let in.
He also does not bolt. Amanda at the shelter was concerned about him trying to bolt out of the house, car, etc.
Though he is eager to get outside, or out of the truck, he listens to me when I tell him to stay and doesn't try to push past me.
Overall, he has a LOT less issues than I was preparing myself for.
I am also saying these words cautiously as I know things could always change.
Chance, GSD mix. Had a Corgi head transplant when younger. 2-3 yrs old. Adopted from shelter 01-25-2011
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