I thought I would post an update on my progress since coming into rescue over a year ago. You heard me correctly; I've been in rescue over a year now. My foster mom, says I am so ready for a family of my own so let me tell you what I have been up too.
Foster mom says I would do best with a routine and don't need to go everywhere she does because I am more nervous out of my comfort zone. She says I have improved so much on our daily walks around the neighborhood. I've learned this neat game where when I see someone coming toward us, I look at my foster mom or she tells me to "look" and then I get a cookie. How cool is that! As long as I remain calm and just look at the person and then at foster mom, I get treated. I also enjoy hiking in the woods but I still have to be on leash because silly me wants to chase all the squirrels and chipmunks. When we hike we play the "here" game a lot. When foster mom says "here" and I run to her, I get a cookie! And when we go by a bunch of rocks or a rockwall I like to climb on top and walk it; checking out all the smells and searching for critters….foster mom says this is okay as long as I don't catch anything. :)
Oh, foster mom bought this neat toy for me that I get to chase because I love to chase! It's a stick thing with a rope tied to it and then there is this fuzzy thing on the end. Foster mom swishes it around to get my attention and then she plays "keep away" (or so she tries). I'm pretty quick though and I've learned to stalk and outwit the stick toy so I'm pretty good at catching it now. Foster mom says this is a great game to tire me out and I really like playing it. I also love to play tug and can actually ignore stuff when I am playing...sometimes :) Foster mom says this is also a good tool for my forever home to use when trying to keep me busy.
I've been around a few strange dogs (well, they are friends of my foster brother and sisters) in the yard and I did okay because they just ignored me. But I demonstrated to my foster mom that being around too many loose dogs that were running and playing in one place (similar to dog park setting) is too over stimulating for me. I didn't know how to act so I charged a lot of dogs to see if any of them reacted. I don't do that to bully them but because I am not confident and don't want to be picked on so why not find out up front who I need to worry about. I couldn't focus on anything else so foster mom says it is best that I avoid those types of settings in the future. I am not a very social girl; I just like to stick with dogs I know.
What else? Oh for the past several weeks I have been going to a K9 Nose Work class. What is that you ask? Well it's a class designed to develop our natural scenting abilities by using our desire to hunt, which is something I like to do. When it's my turn the instructor hides a container with my treats and a scent and then I get to go searching for it. My foster mom says it's a great way to build my confidence, burn up mental and physical energy and have fun!
Oh and I almost forgot to tell you, my foster mom introduced me to geese! They are very strange creatures. I found them fascinating and showed lots of prey-play drive. I'm not sure what that means but I know I had fun chasing them. Foster mom says she is going to bring me back to the farm again and let me have another go.
Well, that's enough for now. Foster mom tells me I am a good "monkey" and that I try really hard. It's just going to take me awhile to be better so I need someone who will be patient with me and let me move at my own pace. I hope that someone comes along soon. :)
I hope you enjoy the new pictures and here's a video of me showing off my skills.