Shadow Dutch Shepherd DofB 13.06.14 Gatwick Kenns

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Re: Shadow Dutch Shepherd DofB 06.14 Guildford Kenns

Post by SimonF » Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:22 pm

I've been spending a bit of time with this young lad over the last 3 weeks and have seen him grow even in this short period of time.

He travelled well over from Gatwick and settled in his kennel. We went for a quick walk and he was a little all over the place which is perfectly understandable as it's quite an upheaval. New sights, new smells, new kennel, new humans, new dogs new routine, I would certainly be a bit shell-shocked.

Shadow is a bright boy and is happiest with a task to do or a scent to smell as is typical with his breed. Also typical is a nervousness of being left which can show itself in the behaviour seen when leaving/entering his kennel. Who could blame him with the past he's had as well and waiting for a human to come back.

As mentioned earlier Shadow is a bright boy so we have worked hard with him to help him realise that he's with Rescue Remedies now, and that means he will never be alone again. Ever! we have come up with some instructions for Shadow to help him deal with us entering/exiting his kennel without fuss. He will come to the gate all happy and squeaking with excitement, bouncy and just a ball of energy. This is all kennel energy that, in a home would not be present as we have seen so many times to a much higher level in other dogs before. We will instruct him nicely but firmly "Shadow, back!" He will go back 10 feet into his run and you can enter without him trying to dart to the door to get out and run all over (he LOVES a run) and also calms from his previous level, although he's still bouncy. This shows us that he can differentiate what is acceptable from not and shows his impulse control is improving in this area.

When in the kennel he is bouncy so we instruct him " Shadow, spread 'em!" to which will go onto his back legs, put his front paws on the wall and 'spread them' so you can then give this fur ball a cuddle and rub his chest to further calm him. We also use this at the end of a walk to groom him if needed. We can then harness him which he's getting better at as he is excited at what's coming, but also knows it's also coming tomorrow, and the next day, and the next so he's learning he's safe and secure with us. We then place the Canny-Collar on which helps us help him to manage his bounciness out and about and is working well at this time. We then exit and go for our walks.

Shadow is very responsive to instruction and knows 'close' and with me when walking so can walk past a very busy road with confidence that he will not dart around. He loves to be told he's a good boy when doing this :goodjob.gif: If he's walking on his own then he's sniffing everywhere and at everything. He loves time with his human and if you are stationary and ask him to 'wait with me' he will come right up to you, nestle his muzzle into your leg and accept an ear rub and head stroke. If you're lucky he will then drop his head to the floor leaving his back in the air and have a side/tummy rub and even a bit of grooming if you've brought your brush. He has learnt 'easy' and will not pull as much, although after the initial excitement of going out his pulling is less than a medium Staffy.

If we're out with another dog he will show interest and is bouncy if they are in front. He has good skills and has a waggy tail, play bows and shimmies but he's all over the place. He jumps before a bow, barks and pulls but is learning to calm and sit with us and watch a dog rather than try to bound over there. He is learning its calm and waggy tail first. It's all there, but a bit out of sequence blob6.gif]

He's a water baby and loves to have a dip, come up and then get a wash. He was a little unsure of the contact at first but as said, he's finding his paws and now will jump in, run up to us and present his tummy for a clean. Such an adorable boy who is yearning for human interaction and the security he needs. Can you tell I adore him!!

Returning to kennels has been a challenge as mentioned above, the uncertainty of being left and his memories and breed have contributed to this but the boy is a trooper and has worked hard, I'm talking hard! and he's put the time in and is now seeing the benefits of the work. We can walk in to his run, he will calmly let us take off the harness, Canny-Collar and leads. We use a long chain lead on the harness as he is still a little unsure on his return and with material leads he can redirect and pull on them. The chains negate this for now and we have been swapping for material ones on the walk but not in kennels. I am confident that in a few weeks he will not require the chains at all.
We then instruct "Shadow, into bed" where he will sit and calmly wait for a treat. He loves a couple of bits of jerky and will give either paw if requested. We then say "Shadow, wait!" and he will sit in his bed and you can exit without him motioning to try to get out. A pigs ear at this point makes him a happy boy.

So, in a nutshell:

1. He is an active dog that would love a home that can offer him further training and also possibly agility/scenting/Canicross as he is a breed that does benefit from getting out and burning that energy off.

2. He is very clever and will continue to want to train and learn which is such a great trait to have.

3. He has the skills to be able to eventually meet other dogs well but needs work in this area (I foster a dog that was all over the place but with work she now meets any dog((not small furries)) with confidence) and will flourish.

4. He's Gawgeous!!!!!!!! love4.gif

5. He showing much better impulse control and this is improving daily. I can see him managing this area more and more which is so positive.

6. He is self correcting and will look for guidance from you if he feels he's becoming nervous. This is such a great improvement.

7. He is showing a calmer dog out and about which fills me with confidence that he will settle further with time in a home.

8. Did I mention he's Gawgeous love4.gif

Shadow is a great boy. He's only 2 and has not had the input he should have had by this time in his life. He is, however, showing that he wants to learn, he wants to be a 'Good Boy', he wants to be able to trust you, he wants to show you his potential, he wants you to love him and make him feel safe, and he wants to be your gawgeous new addition to your family.

We loves ya Shadow love4.gif
Stunning boy who's learning to stop and take it all in.
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Re: Shadow Dutch Shepherd DofB 06.14 Guildford Kenns

Post by RosC » Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:59 pm

So glad that Shadow is coming on leaps and bounds. He is such a good natured dog, just not quite sure how to deal with the excitement of life! It seems he is settling well and to be learning self control is brilliant.
With the right home he will be the most amazing addition to a family - well done all at Guildford and good luck Shadow!

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Re: Shadow Dutch Shepherd DofB 06.14 Guildford Kenns

Post by SimonF » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:55 am

He's doing really well. We use a chain lead to get out of kennels on his harness now but transfer to a long material lead when out. So many dogs show this behaviour in kennels so it's nothing new to us and he really is looking like he's enjoying the praise and freedom of the longer lead albeit only a few feet more than a standard lead.

He is such a cuddle monster when he's out and will stop, push his head into his your leg and have a nose rub love4.gif

Walking on his own or in front of a kennel mate he's a dream. Very active and sniffing everywhere and everything. He's learning that not all dogs like to be shouted at and will sit while they pass but the trademark Shepherd excitement whimper can be heard but is lessening as the days go by.

He would make such a great addition to a family who understand the needs of this breed and can offer the time and training to him.

Did I mention the cuddles love4.gif

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Re: Shadow Dutch Shepherd DofB 06.14 Guildford Kenns

Post by SimonF » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:27 pm

I've been so busy recently with covering others holidays/sickness at work that I've not had a chance to update this page so HUGE apologies for all of you Shadow fans.

He is doing amazingly well in so many areas and the loving, caring dog that lies beneath the sometimes frightened little boy is shining through. His impulse control, self correcting and response to his walker have improved so much as has his allowing you in to get close to him and form a bond that is so beautiful to be a part of. Can you tell I adore this boy so much.

I promise I will update this page tomorrow (I know...what a tease) with a write up, photos and videos as I have a very rare night off.

Shadow fans standby........... woo.gif]

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Re: Shadow Dutch Shepherd DofB 06.14 Guildford Kenns

Post by SimonF » Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:52 pm

Shadow has come along so much and is showing us the caring, loving, playful dog we knew he was and was just waiting to trust us to let himself go.

He walks so well and follows instruction to walk close past any distraction you could imagine as he is totally focussed. He can still be bouncy around other dogs but this is without malice as he is desperate to meet them but is all over the place with his skills. I have introduced him to a few seasoned dogs through the kennel gate and he is waggy tailed, play bowing and spinning. He just needs time and a managed approach to show him the way and he will be fine.

The vid below shows him having some cuddles on the green behind the kennels. It shows his caring and fun side that he is now allowing us to see. He is such an amazing boy that needs his humans to continue this as he will flourish rapidly. We only get a short time with him and we are seeing this. Imagine if he was at home and having this interaction for many more hours woo.gif]

I will write a better update when I'm on a laptop that doesn't lose connection every 3 mins and lose all of the info I've added smiley-sad010.gif

Please excuse the wind noise but you get the drift of what I'm saying thumbs.gif

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Re: Shadow Dutch Shepherd DofB 06.14 Guildford Kenns

Post by SimonF » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:47 pm

Here's Shadow out on the back field on a 40ft long line.

He's not really listening to me at first as it's all new to him and he's just so happy to have the freedom and who could blame him.

He is such a fun dog who is wanting his forever home so much and is working so hard to be able to achieve this. Every walk is mixed with fun, cuddles, instruction, tasks, more cuddles, more instruction and more fun. He learns so easily and remembers so well. He is an absolute star.

Please have a look at the homing questionnaire if you feel that you could offer this stunning fellow a home to call his own.

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Re: Shadow Dutch Shepherd DofB 13.06.14 Gatwick Kenns

Post by xxlynne » Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:31 pm

Shadow has come back to Gatwick to meet old friends. He is chilling out in the sunshine if that makes sense!

...Here he is with Ros

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Re: Shadow Dutch Shepherd DofB 13.06.14 Gatwick Kenns

Post by Sarahk » Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:15 pm

Shadow is loving his paddock time woo.gif]
Shadow is so so soooo handsome xxx
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Loved spending time with this boy xxx
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Re: Shadow Dutch Shepherd DofB 13.06.14 Gatwick Kenns

Post by Charlie » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:41 pm

After his run in the paddock this afternoon Shadow enjoyed a quiet walk in the woods thumbs.gif
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Lovely boy love4.gif

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Re: Shadow Dutch Shepherd DofB 13.06.14 Gatwick Kenns

Post by Charlie » Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:59 pm

A few pics from Shadow's adventures this week...
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He's settling in & chilling out thumbs.gif

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