The last two times I have caught up with Maverick, I have also met up with foster pup, Teddy, at the same time. The pups thoroughly enjoyed a play together on lead at the start and end of our session at the nearby hills town of Stirling.
We then went for a walk up to the vet to weigh them and so they could get treats and pats from the staff. No negative feelings going into the vet surgery at all. We then went for a walk along the Main Street encouraging Barb to walk Maverick closer to her left side and use the verbal command ‘leave-it’ to prevent him sniffing at everything. Maverick was confident throughout including going down a set of stairs in a controlled manner.
The fortnight after this we met for coffee at the outside area of a busy café in the tourist town, Hahndorf. Luckily they had outdoor heaters to keep us all comfortable as the winter weather was well and truly worth us that afternoon.
This was a harder training session for Maverick and Teddy because I wanted them to learn to settle by their carers side and not try to play with each other under the table. Barb and Colin brought Maverick’s mat with him so he knew to settle on that as soon as they sat down and did very well resisting the attempts from Teddy to get him to play.
Maverick is doing very well sharing his home with two older dogs. He is fine being fed near the other dogs (always supervised) and will even share his chews with them. He respects the female dog who is ‘in charge’.