Monthly Archives: December, 2013

Dexter’s Progress

Dexter and I are chugging along, day by day, working together to get him ready for a new life in a new home. Previous posts have shown what a challenge a rescue dog with a long history can be, but I hope it has also shown the rewards. Dexter is now looking to me for …

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Days Passing…

Dexter and I have a nice relationship, and he has come such a long way in his behavior and nervousness. Because of the signals I’ve been consistently giving him, and the leash work I’ve done with him, more and more he’s looking to me for clues as to what his next move should be. That …

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A Gift From Dexter

Christmas is busy, busy, busy for everyone, and for us it was all the more hectic due to having Dexter in the house. Getting him in and out for toileting has been a huge challenge and a tremendous stress on all of us, including our two dogs. It would be heaven to be able to …

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Dexter Says, “Aahhh…!”

Dexter living in the bathroom really upsets me, but it is what we have to work with, so I’m trying to make the best of it for him by taking him out and working with him frequently throughout the day. A couple of days ago I brought him into the TV room again, so we …

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Dexter, Cont’d

Dexter continues to make progress in his relaxation and in giving over the leadership role. A few changes of note: Dexter walks on a loose leash more often when walking through the house. He no longer bark when my husband coughs. He no longer goes into a frenzy when my two dogs play. He sleeps …

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Changes…

In my quest to help Dexter calm I have decided, given the lack of alternatives, to keep him with us and simply continue working with him myself with Amichien Bonding. In order to do that, however, I made the choice to move him into our upstairs bathroom. This will allow me easy clean up when …

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One Step Forward…

Dexter is amazing. He is really relaxing, sleeping more and responding to my thank yous. It’s astonishing how quickly he adjusts to a change in schedule. Where he used to begin barking between 4:30 AM and 5:00, he now stays quiet for the most part, until somewhere between 6:30 AM and 7:00, which when I …

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Thank you, Dexter!

Dexter is moving forward. He continues to progress in his house training, working very hard to please us. Undesirable behaviors really do tend to melt away on their own to a great extent when there is no reaction to what you don’t want and a really positive reaction to what you do want. This little …

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Brilliant…

Dexter is amazingly smart. Most dogs I have known are. They will in a world of survival first, and work tirelessly to ensure it for themselves by asking questions of us through their behavior. Up to this point, I had been ignoring most of Dexter’s barking because I didn’t think he was truly trusting me …

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He Never Asked for This

My husband, John, is a one in a million kind of guy. John is solid, upright, kind and quiet. Children and animals are drawn to him because of his stillness and gentleness. He refuses to indulge in anger, saying he’s never seen anything good come of it. In the almost twenty-eight years I’ve known him, …

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