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Please contact Tammie for more information on Boe1 Year Old Male (Suamico, WI)

December 1

Boe was wonderful grooming this week; I even used the nail clipper and tapped each nail or took a little off and even got the nail grinder out and did two front nails – he just sat there and gave my hand a couple of licks. When we were done, I turned him around and put his two front feet on the stairs going down and then he went down beautifully. He is also doing the stairs in the garage up to the house naturally.

We have gone for two more walks, one I did all 3 dogs by myself with no issue, however, we did not encounter any people or vehicles; the 2nd walk I had Tom hold his leash and I took our two. On the 2nd walk we encountered a couple of people – big coats on, hoodies up, coming at us – Boe got a little growling and barked a bit but was never difficult to control nor did he pull on the leash very hard. Tom worked on “Leave it” as they are none of his business, and Boe always looked to Roc and Reba who just kept on walking. Boe is responding to “Leave it!” better and better and looks to Tom or I for assurance. Another highlight of walking is that Boe came up to me both times so I could put the leash on him! The first time I sat on the steps after leashing the others and he came up and kind of sat behind me, and the 2nd walk, he came up to me after watching the others get leashed and sat in front of me to be hooked up. 😊

Boe did have a 3rd visitor this week (Monday) who came after dinner and this meeting did not go well; not sure if it was because it was his first indoor meeting, but he got very agitated and barky but then kept hiding behind the couch. Eventually I got a leash on him, got him on the correct side of the couch and he quieted down and let the lady pet him and give him treats – he wasn’t terrified at this point but not his normal self and just laid down and looked at her and wouldn’t play fetch. We eventually took him outside to see if he would fetch and it went a little better, but even with the flood light and the cold it was hard to stay out long or throw the frisbee too far; Boe did bring the frisbee to both the lady and the man, so that was good.

Boe also did much better with the leaf blower this week, he would run in the yard with his frisbee as I blew the leaves, and started to act the same way towards the vacuum but I just said Leave it and he stayed calm and ran around the house with the other dogs and the cats.

November 25

Another good and interesting week. He has actually put his front feet on us while we are on the coach or standing, to get petted like the other dogs and doesn’t seem to mind if we hover over and around his head. Boe has done the garage steps (4) that lead to the house all by himself twice and they have open risers; we haven’t attempted the inside stairs again. He is fine with the 4-wheeler and followed me around the yard carrying his frisbee. However, with the leaf blower, he got very agitated/aggressive and bit the nozzle, so I locked him away while I did some chores.

We went to the vet Monday morning for a distemper vaccine. I put him in a rather small crate, which I am sure wasn’t too comfortable; I could hear him moving around a bit and a little panting. At our first stop I checked on him and he was laying comfortably and just looked at me. Next stop was the vet. Boe waited quietly while I opened the door and leashed him and then came out slow and careful – just perfect. There was noticeable drool in the front of the crate. He was cautious going into the vet office and while inside, but I never had to pull him or pop him back; he did leave several drops of drool on the lobby floor. He was nervous, but alert and interested in what people were doing, the printer was going off, the phone etc. Boe willingly investigated the lobby and areas close by and eventually went into the room without issue. The vet is a tall man and Boe only barked a bit and one low growl. He was nervous during the exam, but the vet let him stay on the floor, I held his head, and Boe was relaxed enough for a thorough exam of his organs, flexing of his front and rear joints, having his temp done, and no reaction to the vaccine. Boe slunk to the car, but got into the crate much better with me just lifting him up. When we got home, he came out slow and careful with
no issues.

He had two visitors this past weekend, barked at them initially, but then warmed up to them and brought his frisbee for play. However, when he saw the leash, he cowered a bit and kept his distance. Eventually we got him leashed and folks could walk him around the yard, but he wasn’t too happy if I went out of site. Once I showed them how willingly he goes in his crate he wouldn’t come out until they left and I brought my dogs inside.

Boe is definitely a cautious dog but has the potential to be a really good boy with a consistent routine, patience, and continued exposure to anything and everything in a positive and relaxed manner. Treats are not motivating in stressful situations; he seems to get thru them with just a “Good Boy” and a little petting.

November 17

We had a couple of new experiences this week; first we found out he is petrified of stairs; the dogs and I got him down and back up, but he was stressed. Once downstairs he quickly rebounded and trotted around getting familiar with the layout. Going back up he was no less scared but only a few steps from the top he relaxed a bit and moved forward more easily. We have not worked on this since but will this week.

On Friday afternoon we took the 3 dogs for a walk – it is a country block and takes a little over ½ an hour. Tom took our two and I had Boe on a six-foot leather leash. First off, he was not happy to see the leash and ran back into the yard; a few minutes later we were leashed and joined the others. Walking down the driveway he was very nervous, common for him in new environments, and zig-zagged a lot. Our driveway if about a 1000 ft, so I let him walk his way and sniff. When we hit the road, he was ok, nervous, but I shortened the leash a bit and tried to keep him on my left. During the walk he calmed down, watched our dogs and seemed to get courage from them. Half-way thru the walk he would moved out in front until he was just behind our Boxer and then he would come back close to me. Periodically he would look to me and Tom for affirmation and we’d say Good Boy or Good Boe and he seemed to acknowledge it. There was no traffic until we neared home; a pickup truck went by and I slowed and Boe sat and I pet him. He showed no fear and nor inclination to chase the vehicle. A few minutes later a big school bus went by and he got a little nervous and moved toward the ditch; he recovered quickly and finished the walk calmly. As we turned into our driveway he relaxed completely.

Today, Sunday, was grooming day. I did my dogs first, including nails and the use of a nail grinder. Boe showed no fear and actually sat near me as I finished up the second dog. I then put a slip collar on him and lifted him onto the grooming table – he did not fight or tense during the lifting – I have stairs to the grooming table but did not make him do those. On the grooming table he did not mind being hitched to the stand, I kept his tether slack; he was a little nervous and did not stand easily. He left me lift all his paws, check his ears, check his teeth and lift his tail. By the time I asked the 3rd time for him to stand he stood easily. He enjoyed the attention and the combing and the Fresh n Clean spray. Ears were great, nails did not have to be done, amazing since he has been with me for two weeks or so. I lifted him down with no issues and they all had Greenies.

Boe continues to be great in the house and with the cats. He is getting a little more confident around the cats and was doing some nipping to the youngest cat – look like he was trying to get Diego to move, and so, he got tied to a door knob in the living room while we ate and he just laid down. He has not done any destructive chewing at my house, ripped up a dog toy or two, but nothing I wouldn’t expect from a young boy. He is crated, as are my dogs, for meals, sleeping, and during the day while we are at work (7-9 hours) and doesn’t mind at all. We try and exercise him before we go to work and when we return, but very dependent on weather. Inside the house we throw toys in various directions to play fetch and are working on him to drop the toys closer to us.

November 4

Boe is a year & half old neutered male, and is up-to-date on vaccines, heartworm negative, neutered, and microchipped. He was a surrender from a family that admitted they did not have time for his energy and drive. He has been with me 4+ days, and so far, I find him to be a normal BC with medium drive and in need of mental stimulation and a job – like obedience, herding, agility, flyball, or frisbee (his favorite!). BCs are dogs bred to interact with their owners and Boe is no exception.

He has easily adjusted to a big plastic crate and goes in fast at meal and bed times and is in one while we are at work. Boe has also been exposed to a wire crate during his few days with Julie who was kind enough to transport him to me – thank you! His new foster home consists of a male Boxer, a female Mastiff, and three cats. Boe gets along with all very well; however, the last two days he tends to want to herd or stalk my youngest cat so I am keeping an eye on him and distracting him with toys… or the middle cat comes up scares him before I can do anything – Boe jumps up in the air like a fox! But for the most part, the cats ignore him and walk around the house without fear.

So far Boe comes quickly when called and sticks close when outside running around – both in the fenced area and the non-fenced area. I keep a close eye on him when outside the fence as he is young and still apt to run given a reason. One issue he has is that he will bark at men if they come into a room, even if they were there just 5 minutes ago; he does not do the same thing with me. This seems to be
subsiding as the days go by, today he hardly barked when Tom came home from work. He is also very skittish with things moving around or above him – like doors, drawers, etc. and strange noises, but he recovers very quickly and comes back to investigate.