Bruin was adopted into a wonderful family who was willing and ready to work with him and give him the time and patience he needed. Bruin was a rescue that has a history of fear based issues. He is uncomfortable with being handled, held, he struggles with getting leashed up, he is not a fan of quick movements and he has a terrible fear of objects falling on him. He will bite and mouth any time he is exposed to these situations in order to make you stop what he doesn’t like. Overall he is a very anxious boy that needs to realize people and dogs aren’t as scary as he thought! We want to be able to teach him that car rides to new places are exciting, even if it is to the vet! Even though Bruin can be nervous in these situations, he also has some other naughty habits! Counter surfing to steal food is one of his favorite past times, along with the occasional accident in the house. All in all, Bruin can benefit from obedience training to aid in his anxiousness, socialization, and handling exercises to make him more comfortable at the vet office.
Bruin is overall very nervous of strangers and dogs. The first thing we worked on was acclimating him to heel, teaching right and left turns, and work on deterring his naughty behaviors. He did well overall! One of his main issues is being handled at the groomer and vet, so we also started working him through our handling exercises.
In our second session, we continued to work on his socializing, handling, and started to teach him obedience. We introduced bruin to many dogs and people. One of his other issues is separation anxiety and being a good boy in the cage. We started working on him accepting his cage and he made progress right away!
On our third session, we started to teach the down, down stay, and continued to work on his handling issues. The focus today was to get him used to his neck, teeth, and nails being touched. He has been making huge strides!
On our fourth session, we worked at Bruin’s house to make sure he is listening to his mom! We covered heel, turns, sit, sit stay, down, stay, and the correction process. Overall he did very well! Lara mentioned overall his handling has been going better so he has come a long way thus far. Great job little man!
On our fifth session, we focused on heeling and doing commands around distractions and scary noises. One of his biggest issues is fear. We went back to the house and practiced handling exercises and cutting his nails. We are slowly preparing him for the big test at the vet’s office!
Finally got back on track after a delay due to Bruin having some health issues. We worked on cleaning up his obedience, cutting his nails, and gave him a bath. His main issues were handling exercises, grooming, and vet so this remains a main focus.