I fostered Max nearly 2 years ago. He was a surrendered, 2 yr old entire. He had been bought at a pet shop by a single mother and left outside 24/7 denied of stimulation, training, socialisation, walks, company, veterinary attention and love. He was surrendered due to the owner being fed up with paying reclaim fees at RSPCA; where Max would constantly end up at the end of his attempts to find a better life.
Max had no concept of living inside. He didn't even know how to sit. On his surrender form all the owner said he knew was "get out!". Max has completed the Basic Program course twice now. He has perfected "sit", "drop", "wait", "come", "shake hands" and most importantly loose lead walking!
Max has two sisters. An English Staffy, Bella and an English Springer Spaniel, Amber. He had to learn how to live with other dogs. He had to learn how to share space and attention. It wasn't until I officially adopted him, 6 months after our foster time, did he begin to show serious signs of food aggression and resource guarding incl. rooms and furniture. It was then I immediately enrolled him in to Private Consults. We learnt vital tools and techniques tailored to Max's problem areas. Without these tools and learning why he was displaying such behaviour, I regret to think where Max would be now.
I also soon enrolled Max in to Doggy Daycare. I wanted him to socialise with other dogs on a regular basis, have a day of playing with toys without worrying about whom was going to steal his toy and most importantly build his confidence. He is now socialising well with dogs of all sizes; I believe he's made good friends with a little Pomeranian!
Along with valuable tools I can use every day with Max and veterinary help, I have one extremely happy, relaxed, balanced and most importantly safe dog to love and enjoy for the rest of his life. Without Sit Happens, their encouragement, optimism and fun classes, I would have readily failed Max.
I've learnt not to give up; instead to persist, continue to learn about dog behaviour and to gain the tools I need, to make a change to our lives together.
Bre Keogh with Max, Bella and Amber