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OMD!!!    LMAO!!!   This guy is full of personality!!  And clearly a very smart doggy!!!

I know he’s still confused and uncertain and trying to figure out all the new routines, etc, but he really seems to be bonding  very quickly.   Although  you know he’s safe and secure,  there’s still a lot of uncertainty  and probably  some fear in his  mind right now. He doesn’t  know this is truly his home yet and he won’t  be given away or abused.   That said, he  seems to be grasping  that being with you is a really good thing.,,,,and it only gets better!

I love the Bull Dog Pillow  Tug Of War!  He’s just doing what Bull Dogs do.  You’re  doing a great job of giving  him a h9gher value trade off though.  Je’s doing a great job of training  you😉

Interesting  about the dynamics of the “step behavior “.  They may have some sort of “not good” association.   

Yeah, I think there’s a distinction between “pack leader” and doing the “alpha dog” thing.  Letting them up on the couch when you invite them (because it’s “your” couch); having them let you go out the door first because you “own” the door (and it’s really a safety thing anyway); you owning the food, etc, etc.

All that said, Myrtle will sit at the food bowl until I tell her to eat….she’ll sit at the door until I tell her to come; she’s pretty good about waiting to be invited up on the sofa.  But rarely do I utilize those boundaries because she, like all my dogs, were born to be spoiled😉💖

And then there’s Frankie,…his door, his  house, his  food, his  couch…..and he just let’s me live here🤣😂🤣😂.. As you know, tripawds can get away with anything.  Didn’t  mean to get side tracked.

It just warms my heart how he does wa t to be with you.  He even is picking sleeping by uou over his kong!  Pretty darn impressive for just the second night.

Bummer that you jave tk go to work tomorrow.   Will he have free range of the house….a iloty to go in and out…or just stay in crate?  

Thank you for takkng time to share the journey so far.  As you can tell, we are all so thrilled  for both of you and are lovo g hearing all the details so far.  I’m still quite amazed that he is completely  off the walls with whining and pacing  and wondering  what the heck is going on.  Then again, Wally and Benny sent him, so everything  will work out perfectly. 

And his pictures……we can never get enough  pictures of his cute self!!

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Just saw your post while typing mine……Awww….let the poor guy up on the sofa…..he needs cuddles with you!  He needs security right now……Okay, okay, I know, I know, don’t  listen to me as I’m not exactly a good role model for “training”……and besides, you  sure don need any input on how to help a dog be the best he can be…..we already know that is a great gift of yours😎

Had me laughing  again as he is trying  to figure out how to master stairs.  I’m sure with those short little legs of his it’s  quite an athletic endeavor.  I just love this dog!!!!

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I think easing him into group training is a fantastic plan.

Be sure to check out the Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers if you can’t find someone.

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Hey guys.  Sorry for the delayed update.  Been another crazy week.  So, overall things are still going ok.  I did start letting him up on the couch on Sunday night and then into the bed on Wednesday (or he finally figured out he can jump up into the bed).  May have been a mistake b/c he isn’t listening as at times has been quite the brat since then.  Although I think a lot of that is b/c he’s been cooped up in his crate during the day and has a bunch of pent up energy to burn off when I get home (whereas I get home pretty worn out and ready to relax).  He’s been pretty good so far this morning, so that probably is it.   He was also kind of an ahole on our walk last night and freaked out towards my neighbor and a couple of guys she was talking to.  Don’t think it was any earlier than what we’ve been going, but it was busier so that probably has something to do with it.  We also went further, so that might have been it as well.

Growing pains I suppose.  Hopefully he chills out a bit here soon…………..

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So….what you’re saying is Wally and Benny not only sent you a companion,  they sent you a “fun project”🤣😂

It hasn’t  even been seven days yet and only two days before you had to leave him all day for work.  To say things are going “okay” at this point is really good news!👏

I’m sure being in a crate all day does lend itself to a .lot of pent up energy and frustrating.  .  Is it poss you could jave a “dog walker”, or someone like that come and walk him once a day?  Do you dare “trust” him enough to let him have free roam pf the house while you are gone…or the yard???  

I can understand him barking at “stranger” people.  Right now everything  and everyone  so new and so strange and he probably still is uncertain who he can “trust”.  Maybe that’s his way of saying “back off” until I know who you are and what your motives are.  🤔   After all, if I recall,  he first “greeted” you with barking at first visit.

Just throwing stuff out there that I’m sure you’ve  already thought of or have discounted completely as not of value!!.

And this is just me….but I think it’s wonderful that Walter can now sleep on the bed and s snuggle with you on the couch!  Does he “snuggle” yet??

PICTURES!!!  Gotta have some pics of that cute boy!!!

And thanks for updating.  You are doing such an excellent  job of being patient and letting g things u fold in a way that Walter can be his best self.💖  It just will take time, but yet clearly  progress is already being made.

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I see progress too. I mean you went on a walk, and didn’t mention anything about him pulling or lunging so that’s terrific! Yes, it takes time and I can see why he’s frustrated being at home all day, I’m sure it’s quite a switch for him but he’ll get used to it. I agree that if you can get a dog walker to take him into the world while you’re away that would be ideal, so let him burn off energy.

Building a bond takes time, but it happens. The stronger it gets the more you two will understand each other when he feels unsure about a  situation or just trying to get what he wants. Communication with dogs is a two-way street, and we humans tend to forget that. We expect the dog to understand what we are saying, but we forget that it’s important for us to understand what they are telling us. I’m totally guilty of it so not pointing fingers. Have you ever studied any of Patricia McConnell‘s work? Her books and training methods are life-changing! She really taught me to understand a lot about Wyatt Ray , which was not easy.

Yeah, I want to know too, is he a snuggler? How is he when he’s on the furniture? Does he let you move him when you need to?

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Hey guys.  I probably came off as being too negative yesterday.  I was coming off a rough work week, didn’t sleep too well (more on that in a sec), and wasn’t feeling too well so I probably wasn’t in the best mindset. 

All in all it really is going well.  He did a couple of things Thursday night that got him yelled at.  One thing was I had gotten a couple of cheese sticks out of the fridge to snack on, and he jumped up and tried to snap them out of my hand (still in the wrappers).  The other is when I was getting ready for bed he had jumped up in my spot while I was brushing my teeth.  So I had him move to the other side of the bed, which he did.  But then he moved back to my side when I went over there to get into bed, and then it was back and forth like this several times.  Not sure if he was trying to claim my bed or thought we were playing a game, but I pulled him down off it and told him he wasn’t allowed up there.  Of course he jumped back up, but luckily after I had gotten into my spot.

He’s definitely a cuddler, and he’s good about it when I’m sitting up on the couch.  But when I’m laying down on the couch or in bed he tries to damn near lay on top of me which is annoying and obviously not very comfortable.  This led to a pretty bad nights sleep on Thursday (and not the best Wed. night either).  He decided to stay downstairs on the couch and sleep last night, which I was all for lol.

Like I said though, overall it’s going well.  We had a good day yesterday on my off Friday.  He has started to pull a bit on walks, so I went back to the pinch collar I had bought him (initially he wasn’t letting me put that on him, so I was using Wally’s old Martingale collar which was going ok until Thur. night’s walk).  He actually does pretty well with his crate.  As he doesn’t put up much of a fight to go in it, and when I get home he’s always nice and relaxed and sitting/laying down on the pad in it.  I might look into a dog walker, but I need to get him more acclimated and comfortable meeting people first.  

And here’s some more pics.  Sorry for not posting any last time.  It’s a bit of pain to move them from my phone to the laptop.

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OOOOMMMMMDDDDD!!!  THAT MUG!!!  THOSE JOWLS!!!  AND THOSE EYES!!!  That face just melts my heart!  And I love his coloring too.

And no, you weren’t  negative at all!!  I love reading  your updates and reading  how his personality is unfolding.  And his cheese stick snatching, wrapper and all,   made me chuckle.  

To be cuddling  with you this early on truly shows some wonderful  bonding  going on.  Yes, it may be a bit “over the top” as he lays on you with that adorable Bulldog body of his, I really think that “closeness” and wanting to a sleep in your spot on  the bed are all about wanting  to be as close to you as possible  to ensure you won’t  leave him.❤❤   Embrace your new bedtime ritual….I think he’s enjoying his new “routine” and it’s  here to stay.🤣😂

Myrtle and Frankie are EXACTLY the same when it comes to bedtime.  In fact, they actually  go to bed ahead of me just so they can sleep a little extra time in my spot before I make them move.   Myrtle will move fairly  willingly, but Frankie likes to “discuss it with me”  before he finally scoots over.  Then I have to get in as quickly  as possible  before Frankie uses my chest as his pillow and before Myrtle takes all my covers.  Frankie,  being a rescue, I think he needs that “stuck like glue” closeness.  Shhhh….I wouldn’t have it any other way.  The highlight of my day is sleeping  with my dogs and waking up with them💖 

I keep scrolling up to look at those pictures and can’t stop smiling…..he is so darn cute!!!.  Love the one of him with his toy hanging  out of his jowls.  He really seems to be settling  in and, hopefully soon  realizes  he has a furever home.😎

Thanks for taking  time to update.  It’s so much fun getting to know him.  Do you think you’ll stick with the name Walter??

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You weren’t being negative at all, you just didn’t have any screens because you were so tired! Honesty is the way to go, it’s how you saw things. And I know what that’s like. Once you have an “easy” dog, any new dogs with challenges test your patience and make you wonder if you made the right decision (ask me how I know!). 

So far, it looks like what you are going through is exactly what you described: growing pains. He’s testing the limits of his boundaries, and how you will respond. This is where training the human comes in! I know you’ll get there. Soak up the current training philosophies, they’re way more advanced than even just 5 years ago, and I believe can make the adjustment happen quicker or at least more smoothly. Of course I’m all talk because Wyatt hasn’t brought us his successor yet, so maybe you should disregard everything I’m saying! icon_lol

Yep, he is ADORABLE! Jowls are the best!

P.S. I just realized that we are still posting in ‘Treatment and Recovery.’ Would you mind starting a new topic in Tripawds Alumni or Anything Goes? Whatever you’d like! I know that’s a big step and I don’t mean to take away from Wally’s legacy here, just want to keep this topic on track so it can better help others searching for support. Thank you for understanding!

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Hey guys.  I went ahead and started a new thread on the Anything Goes forum, but wanted to do a quick update here as well.  Yesterday was another good day, but he did have an accident in the house.  A little frustrated with this one b/c I had let him out frequently and taken him on a walk prior to that, but these things do happen.  He’s also decided that he prefers the couch or at least not going up the steps to get to bed.  I don’t think he want up them a single time yesterday.  He seemed to be figuring the steps out too; was still running up them but not as hard and not getting the running start.  Oh well, he’s been good about sleeping on the couch and I had gotten used to stretching out in the bed by myself, so that works out for now at least.

Thanks for the kind words on the pics.  I love the one with him in front of the fridge.  I was doing dishes at the time and he was sitting there with this “Dad I don’t know why you’re wasting time over there.  The food is in here.” look on his face, lol.  

Also, I’m stilling calling him Walter but thinking about changing it to Mongo (named after the Blazing Saddles character) since he’s such a big galoot, lol.

For convenience here’s the link to the new thread:

https://tripawd…..e-bulldog/

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Thanks for starting a new thread! Headed over there now. 

P.S. Love the name idea, don’t think I’ve ever heard that one before. smiley4

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