You remember Cody; my rescue “farm” dog? Well, not really. But he is a rescue and the most loving dog that I have ever owned.
I realized when I got him that I would need to go slow with him. At only a year old, he was still afraid of so many things; mostly being left. We do not know anything about him really prior to 4 months old. He was rescued from a shelter and then adopted out. He ended up back at the shelter. His rescuer came and got him, contacted the adoptive family and they told her that they no longer wanted him.
When I adopted him, it was for life. But I knew that I had some work to do. Cody lives on my foot, or so he would like.
His bed is a crate in the office. This helps him with his abandonment issues. He gets to experience me coming back every single time. We now have a routine. At bedtime, when I reach for the bag of his favorite treats, he joyfully runs to his crate opens the door and gets in waiting for me to arrive with his bedtime snack. He is a fun boy!
When he is bored, or is pouting about something; he will get in his crate and shut the door.
I had to teach him to stay out of the kitchen, so that I would not trip over him. So when I am in the kitchen, he lays across the threshold of the kitchen. It was easy to train him. He is very eager to please me.
As a matter of fact, as long as I go slow and make myself perfectly clear and consistent, he learns very fast.
Now- he lets me walk in the door first and then waits for me to give him the signal to come in. He is getting better about jumping on my girl friends. I am still trying to get him to stop sniffing crotches (to say hell0). He knows that he is only allowed to play rough with boys/men. He walks/runs the property with us and does not try to run down the street. Steve likes to walk the property at night and let Cody run. I like to do that in the morning.
Now Cody’s big thing is guarding the chickens. I let him spend a few hours everyday in the chicken pen while I do chores. Of coarse, he would rather be with me. But I cannot watch him. So he lays there and watches me from the pen. When he can no longer see me, he talks to the chickens.
The most important thing that he has learned though, is that I will always come back. So he is much more calm and willing to learn all that we are asking him to do.
Cody is turning out to be a wonderful “Gentleman Farm Dog”.