TODD UPDATE 5/23/20: Once Todd was healed from his neuter and became more comfortable with his new environment, we started allowing him to spend some time in doggie daycare where we really saw a positive change in his behavior. He started to open up and show his personality, and he started voluntarily coming up to the staff at the clinic for attention. Last weekend, Todd went to his foster home and started the next phase of his journey. Here’s the update from his foster family:
Todd is doing great so far. The first night he was scared to go up the stairs and so we had to pick him up and bring him up. Ever since then he has done great going up and down. He didn’t want to go in his crate at first either so we had to pick him up and put him in there as well. He slept great through the night with no issues. Over the weekend we spent most of the days outside in the backyard so all the pups were back there with us and Todd strolled around, sunbathed, and followed Watson and Dixie (his doggie foster siblings) around and did what they did. He has been eating well, though he doesn’t like being watched while he is eating or he will go away from it. He is about as sweet as it gets. Since we work from home he is around us all day and just follows our dogs and goes and lays where ever they are. He loves taking his naps. I wouldn’t say he is fully potty trained but he is pretty close to being it. The other day he finally picked up the toys and balls and started playing with them. He had been scared of them before. He is definitely scared of pretty much everything but has improved on not running away from things now. He pretty much just gets the scared face and then when he realizes he is ok he perks up. When he is ready for adoption, he needs to be in a home with another dog because without our dogs I don’t think he would do a lot of things he has done. He sees them do it and sees that is ok. For instance with going up the steps, they helped get him confident with that. With people he sees they are good with the people, so he comes over and wags that tail like crazy to get pets. We have been going on one mile walks twice a day and he is improving on the leash for sure. When a car passes, he pretty much doesn’t move, he hops over in the grass and won’t move till the car passes.
**Todd is not yet ready for adoption but we will update when he is. He is doing well with his heartworm treatment so far and is taking it all in stride. Todd’s still got some learning to do, but he is well on his way! Todd’s ideal forever family is one with another dog in the home, a fenced in yard, and no small children, as loud and fast movements still scare him.
TODD UPDATE 5/7/20!! Todd has been doing well. He has healed from his neuter and is starting to come out of his shell a tiny bit. He definitely feels more confident around other dogs and will come closer to people when he sees other dogs do so. He is slowly building trust with his caretakers and has gotten to the point where he wags his tail when he sees “his people.” He is still very scared of leashes, but we are using positive reinforcement to continue to help him get over that fear.