Trust in humans is a big issue for River. He came through the animal control in Detroit and was slated for rescue because he had an 'iffy' temperament test result. Nothing aggressive, but he would freeze up and act unsure about people. So when he came into Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus I volunteered to foster him so he could be further assessed. He will have two caveats on his adoption - no children and must attend obedience classes.
So far he has been great with me but more standoffish with Nicholas. We are working on that and River is warming up to him, however there are still some moments when it's clear River doesn't trust him. So far Nicholas has been instructed to treat River every single time he enters the room that River is in and treat him every single time he walks by River's crate if he is in it. We're hoping to build up lots of positive associations with his appearance so that River starts to anticipate him and look forward to him coming into the room. We'll keep you updated on his progress!
River is great on short walks (we don't venture too far but the yard is a mess while it's thawing so we have to do potty walks). He is non-reactive to other dogs and the people we sometimes see. Having a non-reactive dog is SO NICE. Bourbon needs to take some lessons on this subject! :) River has also been great through the barriers with my dogs. After several days of having the house divided, my dogs are pretty much over the fact that there is a new dog in the house which is exactly what I want. I'm hoping to introduce him to Vito and Rookie (one at a time) this weekend since they've been doing so well through the baby gates and ex-pens. I have a feeling River isn't very adept at doggie communication so it should be interesting if him and Bourbon ever get to meet.
|The resident dog's side of the kitchen. I suppose that could be a bit intimidating for a new dog :).|
|River's side! He's always trying to sneak onto their side :).|
|He loves that Nylabone.|