Calvin and I have known each other almost six weeks now. He is such a cool dog on so many levels, but mostly cool because that is who he is. Just cool!
He is happy, he likes being around happy, he likes to work, he likes to hang, and he is giving learning a go!
We went to the gym to play with tricks and movement, and lucked out by having another one of my Teams there working, so we also got to play with distractions while working.
So I have had competition dogs for the past fourteen years, I train for smooth, seamless, and effortless behavior. Fluent at it’s core.
Because Calvin had no ‘active learning’ history in his first home, he is kind of ‘sticky’ when it comes to learning, keep in mind I train for smooth, so this difference is noticeable to me. He needs to know he is safe, and that it will work for him. He becomes more and more trusting each week which is awesome to see.
What totally tickled me on Tuesday is when Joe, of Joe and Charlie that were there working at the same time, stopped and said “If I hadn’t been reading his blog posts and knew his story I wouldn’t believe you, he is totally awesome” Thank you Joe, yes he is! He is awesome.
We are still accepting APPLICATIONS for Calvin’s adoption. We have had two really nice families apply, but because of long work hours, or no yard, it hasn’t gone further.
Calvin is sweet, loving, learning about life, athletic, and powerful, and has a TEAM of people working on his behalf. I am with him two days a week now, he has a runner on the weekends, and a dog walker two evenings a week, besides his wonderful foster family. We are looking for a loving, experienced, and quality home for Calvin.
I have however received lots of messages on my answering machine – dear me…
“If the dog is free you can just drop him in my yard today”
“Is he free, that would be great because we hardly have any money”
“How much weight can he pull?”
“Can he guard, I need a free guard dog”
“Is he fully trained, and does he have all of the basic behaviors, and is he kennel trained, and can he lay around the house for eight hours while I am at work, and is he free”
“I live out of my VW bus but I think he looks small enough to fit in there, especially if he is free, right?”
“Do you think he could stay in the yard all day and guard my chickens?”
“um is Calvin a Chinchilla? I’m calling lots of ads today, if he is I want him, he’s free right?” – Calvin would be one crazy ass huge chinchilla dude!