Brown Stick Dog Update

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  1. Aleron

    Aleron New Member

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    Well the Brown Stick Dog has been here for a few weeks now. In that time, he's grown and grown and grown. He's over 30lbs now and already as tall as Savvy (about 17"-18"). He's going to be a Big Brown Dog!

    In so many ways, he's a really great puppy. Drivey but sane, excellent impulse control (may have overdone impulse control a bit, it's his default for everything now LOL), very willing and devoted. He's a happy, goofy, dorky, wild boy Belgian. He needs to be loved and touched and to sit on your lap. He is such an easier puppy than Savvy, although part of it is probably he's what I'm used to. He and Savvy have become friends...mostly. Savvy can be a bit overwhelming and the Brown Dog can be a bit guardy about his toys but otherwise, they play nicely and keep each other busy. He acts like the resident Belgians in the house, funny to see them all laying on the couch plucking hair off fuzzy toys together. Or all getting snarky over the same stuff with each other. The older girls say they are the snarkiest of snarky and Pup and Savvy are like "okok we didn't want that toy anyway...".

    However, he remains a somewhat no touch sorta guy with strangers. I have hope for him because he's not what I would call a reactive dog. I can and do take him in public without a problem. He doesn't hackle up and bark or lunge at people. He is perfectly content to ignore strangers and focus on me. He'll take treats from people who offer them...usually but immediately re-orients to me. He can work fine in public, play in public and hang around. It makes me a bit sad because considering how generally sound he is otherwise, I think better socialization at an earlier age would have made all the difference in the world for him. And he makes friends with people in his own time pretty quickly. He loves everyone I work with and they can do anything to him without a problem - pick him up, lead him around, scold him, etc. It's just his initial meeting. He has signs of lack of socialization like he alerts to ever day things sometimes. Like barking at trash cans or park benches the first time he sees them. Afterwards, he always is willing to investigate and recovers easily from being started. He is extremely sound about weird surfaces, loud noises and stuff moving which is great. People ask me, "what has happened to make him this way at such a young age?" because he is overall such a nice dog. My reply is usually that Belgians can be weird and they're not a breed that can just go without socialization. So, we continue to work on being more socially acceptable. He has improved leaps and bounds from when I first got him.

    Some new pictures from my phone:

    Can this puppy look any more dorky?
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    Apparently he can!
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    His ears needed a little help. He hated it and it was a PITA having to retape them every time him and Savvy played but luckily it only took a few days!
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    Potty break at work. Or to Pup "tug on your leash and attack sticks break"...
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    Wrestling with Sav under the tub at work. Two monsters in a cave.
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    Running!
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    Full Contact Chase
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    Sleepy Pup-Pup
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  2. stardogs

    stardogs Behavior Nerd

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    That last pic is seriously adorable!!
     
  3. Emily

    Emily Rollin' with my bitches

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    Awwww I really do kinda love him!!! <3 Good thing I definitely can't has right now.
     
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    HayleyMarie Like a bat outa' hell

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    Gah! He is so adorable. I'm happy I hear that he is improving. I want to steal him!!
     
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    Yes! I just want to kiss his cute little nose!
     
  6. Hillside

    Hillside Original Twin

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    AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!


    What did you end up naming him? (Nico says, in his best Highlander voice "There can be only one!")
     
  7. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    You should keep him. :D
     
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    RD Are you dead yet?

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    Awww are you sure he's not a keeper? I wish I was in the market for another dog, he sounds great to me.
     
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    He is so freaking beautiful. Glad to see an update with pics!

    After Scout's reactive dog class last night (and Lily got to be the neutral dog for a few BAT setups for my classmates!), my trainer brought out her 16 month old Belgian boy for some socialization with us. I guess he had a traumatic experience with rude person and his escape route was blocked by a crowd of people, so she's trying to get him so good experiences... anywho I got Belgian kisses! :D
     
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    He is cute!! Are you keeping him?
     
  11. Aleron

    Aleron New Member

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    You would find his dorky boy doggyness extremely endearing. I'm totally sure of it. Probably so much that you wouldn't hold his slightly anti-social way of meeting new people against him too much...that's kinda how I feel about him anyway LOL



    I like him enough to keep him. Other than his above mentioned tendency towards poor greeting of new people, he is just the sort of dog I like. He's such a dorky boy Belgian and Belgians are sort of "natural" for me if that makes sense.

    But...he and Savvy are only a year apart and he doesn't really fit into my plans for future dogs. So right now I'm having fun with him, working on his social skills/socialization and keeping an ear open for the right home for him. I'll probably start him in agility foundation class after labor day, since Savvy graduated to intermediate class and they're on the same night back to back. Pup has some really great potential as a sport dog I think.
     

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