Chowder was likely a backyard dog with little to no exposure to the outside world. We pulled him from the Fresno animal shelter. They sent us a video of him being "good" with other dogs but upon closer inspection it looks like he had never been around another dog and was totally shell shocked. He is about 3 years old.
At BRLA he demonstrated the lack of confidence many backyard dogs do. He was highly reactive to dogs in public. He would react with a very long WooooWoooo, like you hear from behind a fence from a dog stuck in a yard.
We have been working with Chowder for about 5 weeks and have helped him make some social breakthroughs. With patients, persistence and positive redirection we have shown Chowder that the world is not out to get him.
Using the most balanced and calm dog, he was able to take his first walk with another dogs. Not to say Chowder wants to live with another dog. The goal is for him to stay in his lane around other dogs in public.
He is good on leash and knows his basic commands.
He will need someone who can continue the social and confidence building training that we have started at BRLA. A strong leader with the right skill set, lots of time and patients is what Chowder requires to succeed. A home with a yard so he is not subject to public stimulation and stress for every elimination is best. He is very treat motivated which is always a plus for dogs that need continued work.
Be prepared to fall in love. And be prepared to be fully committed to helping Chowder continue training to fully enjoy life in a home.
THE BEST HOME FOR CHOWDER SHOULD