Thursday, July 12, 2007


Well...apparently I still have some work to do with the boy.
I think the change in location freaked him out a bit.

He broke out of and destroyed his nice big canvas crate,
which I hadn't expected, given that he had been fine at home.

He was also alerting to every sound in the hall, which he doesn't do at home.
At least by the end of the week I had got him to cut down on barking and charging the door.

He still has issues with men, and was unfortunately starting to show some more dominant challenging of guests coming into the apartment. Getting banished to the patio for 5 minutes seemed to improve his attitude, but I think I need to work on doorway/doorbell behavior.

That said, he was pretty well behaved around the apartment, aside from two retrievals of stuffed animals from the bedroom. He was a bit TOO fascinated by Lucy the hamster, but biddable to correction and banishment from the room.

The good news is the kids screaming (in fear of dogs) and then chasing him (what the HECK is with that?), does not seem to have traumatized him for life. He's been ok around kids since.
(Edit 2010: Actually I spoke too soon on this one, the incident set off a nervousness around kids that I worked 3/4 of a year to fix. )

He had a really good time at the Maryland English Shepherd Gathering. Lots of zooming around, chasing frizbees, and splashing into kiddie pools. The highlight of the gathering was discovering that the dog that Chandler immediately seemed to bond with was actually his brother Kirby-kind of an odd thing because Kirby is from the litter after Chandler, meaning they had never met before.

Chan & Kirby:

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