Ok, Fox concentrate please! I went out and picked him up at the kennel and hung like another old rug after him as he pulled me out of his shelter area. He refused to jump into the car so I had to go and get help. 45 kg is not easy to pick up! The whole way to the obedience class, I told Fox we “will make this”. I even stopped to meditate since we had time and we both needed to calm down.
We were greeted by the dog trainer Nikola at Agility Club Campania (professionally operated for 10 years and I have heard such good things about her from different nationalities and different problem owners ). I liked how she talked, I liked how she observed every movement I or Fox made, she really has the eye.
I told her the whole story about Fox and that I knew inside of myself that he is a good boy. Fox has nearly his whole life (well 1 or 2 years) been locked into a small lot without anything to hide inside for shelter. Kids would throw rocks or fire crackers, but one English lady fed him every day. As she was leaving, she asked AWL for help and I got this picture taken from above so he looked like a Jack Russel sized kind of dog. So I said yes to the lady’s tearful, begging eyes. To my surprise when I met Fox he was not a 10kg Jack Russel, he was a 45 kg Goof!
But there is something he is sending, since many people that meet him, in person (dog) or through pictures, like him. We are a professional team and can be realistic in dog cases. (Well if I am not, hopefully someone else in AWL is, or our AWL vet Inga.)
Fox simply doesn’t know anything. But it’s not his fault. He has not grown up on the street learning how to think and survive in different situations. He has never lived with a family (or person) so he doesn’t know what jumping into a car, or walking into a house means–it makes him insecure. He has never socialized or lived with other dogs, so he doesn’t know how to read doggy body language. He is just a big goof that needs a calm, secure, motivated, consequent, hand….love comes through this. He needs a calm leader that can guide him, and he will give back a lot. I’m sure of it.
After one hour together with Nikola, not training, just talking and observing, she said “I thought he would be worse.”
Also, “He is an honest dog!” Meaning, he will not try to fool us. If he is demonstrating something, it is real not a ruse.
Nikola thinks that if nothing else comes out (behavior) he should not be difficult to work with.” Nikola, a million thanks today for your advice and great observing eye(s).
See you next Tuesday!