In three short weeks, she has:
Mastered a really good Sit and Down;
Made good progress on Stay;
Become a huge fan of Roll Over;
Not fought a single time with Lamar, instead tolerating his continuous growling and snapping;
Gotten really good at Gimme Five (both paws!);
Gone from demanding attention pretty much nonstop throughout the evening, to being able to amuse herself for long stretches with a good stuffy or chew;
Learned to tolerate frustration and boundaries. While before, she responded to being interrupted or asked not to chew something with defensive growling, barking, and lunging, now she just looks at whomever interrupted her, sits, and waits for the neck rub she's come to expect!
On several occasions, demonstrated a champion Leave It--preferring a treat even to something as tantalizing as Lamar's leash;
Shown universal enjoyment and affability for dogs and humans;
Demonstrated a deep well of affection for those she is closest to.
Yes, there are certainly areas where Star shows room for improvement! These would be:
- Jumping up on humans
- Loose leash walking!
- Dog play manners--heeding "chill out!" signals from other dogs and toning down the face biting
- Overall hyperness and impulse control...Wait and Stay could be even better still.
We still have work to do--and Star has growing up to do--but at this point I feel very proud of her progress! The shelter has agreed and she is now available for adoption.
I am hoping a patient, active person or family is out there, ready for free unlimited spa treatments and an overabundance of love and fun.