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    Duke comes to stay for a few days

    I got a message from a friend yesterday asking if I could take his dog for a couple of days. He was already on holiday and his dog was with other friends but proving too much for them. I agreed and it was arranged the dog would be dropped off in the evening.

    Hearing the description of the dogs behaviour from the guy dropping Duke off was a bit scary. He had properly traumatised the family. Apparently he was all over the place causing chaos in every way possible. You could see what a genuine relief it was to be getting rid of him. I was thanked profusely for taking Duke along with an apology for dumping him on me.

    As they left Jo turned to me and asked if I was staying home on Friday.

    As it turns out Duke is not the devil dog he was painted as. Still he was not the well trained problem free dog his owner thinks he has. The truth is he is a 9 month old German HPR cross that is very well socialised with no aggression issues but almost no training. He does not recall well. He does not sit to command well. He pulls on the lead bit they have managed to teach him to give a paw. Like that is the most important thing to teach a dog.

    It took very little time to stop him pulling on the lead. He is smart enough to quickly figure out that every time he pulled, I stopped. If he wanted to go anywhere he had to stop pulling. He does still pull when he sees another dog.

    He has also picked up quickly that he needs to sit at the kerb before we will cross the road. Like I say he is a smart dog with a good nature. With a month I could have him him licked into shape easily. I only have him till Sunday though and expect any progress I make will be soon undone.

    His current owners seem to want a dog that will pretty much stick with them when they go a walk and that they can get back on the lead by some means at the end. That is enough for them as long and he is playful and cute at home. In fairness to them a lot of owners are that way but it is not for me. I think of you have a dog that you know will do what you want you can do so much more with it. It does not take much. A good recall, sit when told and stay are enough to get you almost anywhere.

    I'm not sure if I being too hard on them. As I say Duke has a great temperament and does not just run off with you needing to chase him to get him back. He is not mistreated in a physical way. Just not stimulated enough mentally and given the training he deserves.

    Still for all that he is settling in for his stay. He was no bother during the night and slept happily in his bed without bothering us. I hear from Jo that he has been fine today. I did of course make sure to try and tire him out before I went to work. Although it was a bit stressful throwing the ball for a dog I was not completely sure I could get back.

    Anyway we will see how we get on. Meantime a couple of pictures of the protagonist.





    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagiKelly View Post
    I think of you have a dog that you know will do what you want you can do so much more with it. It does not take much. A good recall, sit when told and stay are enough to get you almost anywhere.
    I agree whole heartedly....

    Looks like a fun lad to have around though at 9 months he'll soon be entering into adolencence & then I guess it'll be make or break for him with his current owners.......................already leaving your dog with friends just to go on holiday (& them passing him on to someone else) doesn't bode well for the chap, so when the novelty has worn off & his 'unruly' antics finally get 'on top' of his owners, the mutt may have every chance of finding himself 'up for adoption'

    From what you say, sounds like the owners don't have too much time for him, but let's hope they had a good holiday anyway.
    Last edited by Blacktimberwolf; 27th-June-2014 at 01:19 PM.
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    Yes I have my concerns. He has been fine today. Settled in the house no chewing or trouble. Played with him in the garden a fair bit and have him sort of retrieving not to badly. I'm beginning to think he may not even know his name as there does not seem to be any response when you use it. They may have a nickname for him I don't know but do wonder.

    He is a good dog and really no bother but so needs trained to make the most of him.
    John

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