I think Maverick was always first in line for a feed from his Mum as he is a chubby little pup! He arrived at ALHD on Monday 23rd November. He spent a few days at ALHD before going to live with his foster family. During this time, he got lots of attention from the volunteers (that help out at the training centre providing enrichment for the dogs in training) and also the staff, in particular Bella, who trained the last Border Terrier. It also gives us a chance to get to know the pup’s individual nature.
Maverick will be joining 3 other new foster pups for her first class of Puppy Preschool at the ALHD training centre this week. Not only is this a good chance for him to socialise with other pups but he will also be getting used to the environment where he will eventually be trained to become a Hearing Assistance Dog, after his 8 months in foster care. I love running these classes and seeing the pups develop.
Maverick’s foster carers, Barbara and Colin, have previously fostered Ben, Jake and Will. They have two dogs of their own that are very good at teaching the pup’s respect for older dogs and the correct way to play. They live on a rural property and have Llamas and chickens and kangaroos that sometimes visit. Maverick has a safe yard away from the large animals but goes for walks past them every day.
He has had his second vaccination at the vet and was very brave. The vet take their time with new pups to ensure the experience is as positive as it can be. The pups soon learn that there is a jar with very tasty treats in the consult room.
– Mary, Puppy Program Coordinator