|Happy (front), Bo, and Luka|
|Luka, Bo, and Elias|
This is Happy. He is 4 years old. And the little pup-nugget behind him is Bo, who is roughly 7 years old and adopted just six months ago through SSD.
Yesterday we went over to Happy and Bo's house. We learned that Happy is an extremely leash reactive dog towards other dogs. It's a pretty big issue for Happy and meeting and mingling with other pups is not something that comes easily for him. Actually, it does not really happen at all. In fact, prior to adopting Bo, Happy would easily be labeled as an "only pet" dog. But as you can see in the photo, this is not the case!
Happy's family put in the time and effort. They actually did not know if Happy would be able to accept another dog at home, but when they saw Bo's post they wanted to try to adopt him. And to add to the value of this family's efforts, they had actually been told already that Happy would probably never be able to live with another dog.
Prior to bringing Bo home, Happy's family disclosed all this information to Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, who Bo was with. Because of Bo's sweet and extremely laid back personality, they all agreed to try. At this point, they still weren't sure if things would work. (Really, Happy's skills with other dogs are this difficult.) Happy's family hired a professional for the first introduction. For an entire hour, Happy and Bo stayed outside the house upon VERY FIRST meeting. Happy was walked by the trainer and Bo was walked by Happy's mom. After an hour of working things through with Happy, they were ready to move indoors. (Happy was settled down by this point. But mind you, the initial behavior was there at first, and that must be worked through!) Once inside, Bo and Happy were walked to the back patio and taken off-leash...and the rest is history!!
There have been no incidents between Happy and Bo. They are both extremely friendly and loving dogs with each other and with their family members. Happy is still very leash "aggressive" while out in the world (you can't expect strangers and their dogs to work with you for an hour upon every single meeting). Bo and Happy go on separate walks so they can each be outside according to their needs. Bo gets to frolic around the city park while Happy has a more controlled stroll.
Does this work for all dogs? Of course not. But it just might work for yours! A huge thank you to Bo and Happy's AMAZING family!!
|Vincent and Carin with Happy and Bo|
|Vincent and Happy|
(**Also thank you to Jason of Canine Cohen Dog Training and Behavior Modification for helping Bo and Happy & co!! 😊)
Bo's adoption post: http://on.fb.me/1KCu6lx
Bo's (then Bart Simpson) original post: http://on.fb.me/1BMg2lh
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