Butters Board and Train day 7
Little Butters has come far over the past week. She has done well with her obedience (she has even become more compliant with Down though it takes a bit of convincing still). She has also become more accepting of the dogs. If she starts barking on a walk her people should remain assertive and give her a little correction to remind her that she is supposed to be in a Heel command.
Pictured is Butters snuggling with Ace, the Pitbull. Ace is a very sweet and patient boy but 7 days ago Butters would have screamed and thrown a fit at the end of her leash if he had come within 5 feet of her. While it may take some time for her to accept new dogs, especially if they aren't as sweet natured and patient as Ace, she is genuinely curious about other dogs and it is her fear that stands in the way of her making friends.
The best way to get her to bond with other dogs has been walking with them. Ace has been very concerned that Butters didn't like him so he quietly followed her on all the walks or else tried (without much success) to get her to play with him. I believe his persistence paid off, though she still won't play with him.
Even though Butters is very small, indeed she is the smallest boarder we have ever had, it is imperative that her owners commit to making her new obedience a life style. This means timing praise appropriately and being fair with corrections (but giving them nonetheless) when she needs them. Sensitive dogs, like Butters, do very well with consistent discipline and leadership. Without it she may backslide and become shy and combative again. I will miss this little girl, she is a special dog who has come out of her shell more than I expected
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