Pup Culture is pleased to introduce its newest employee! I adopted June from the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley last week. She looked at me with those sad black lab eyes and I was sold. She is a sweet girl who loves butt rubs, FOOD, walks, and to play in the backyard.
When I adopted her, she was incredibly thin. I could count her ribs just by looking at her. She also had kennel cough. When I took her out to the parking lot at the Humane Society, she was scared to get in the car. When we finally got home, she was scared to come in the house. When I finally got her in the house, she was scared to leave the house. It’s been two weeks and she still doesn’t venture out of my living room and kitchen.
With a lot of love and patience, I know that she will get over her fears. Already I’ve seen improvements. On Friday I took her to the vet and she jumped into the car fairly willingly. Yesterday she had a play date with my parents’ dog Nelly, and they both had so much fun running around the backyard and playing tug of war and fetch.
To help her overcome her fears and timidity, I’ve been working with her on training. I’m trying out the “Nothing in Life is Free” method of training. So far it is going well; she has mastered sit, shake, down, and leave it. In the video below, you can see an example of her sitting before fetch. She does a great job of being patient and dropping the ball when she brings it back.
I’m so excited to see what else I can teach her, and to see her continue to come out of her shell as she remembers how to be a dog. Do any of you have any adoption success stories?