Leo here! I have been doing well these last few weeks. My foster mom has been working with me by bringing new people around so I don’t get stressed when meeting someone new. I either get treats or a toy when new people are around if they stop by my foster home or outside. I visited the grocery store parking lot a couple days ago to get use to random people walking around and I tried very hard not to bark at anyone. My foster mom said I did very well and that we will continue to work on this! You see I am just a little unsure of new people. I really just want everyone to notice me and am unsure on how to act and my bark can be intimidating to people. I really am just a big goof and love attention and to play.
I am still working on sit, lie down and stay. If my foster brothers are around when we meet new people my confidence is up and I just walk on by. My foster brother Arthur and I get along great and we get to play together when we are left alone. My other foster brother Stanley are doing pretty good together but sometimes we disagree. My foster mom gives treats to all of us together during training, and we are very respectful of each other, but she is careful with toys being around, just in case!
I would love to have another dog to play with in my forever home but would need to be the right dog and have lots of energy like I do because I could play and wrestle forever.
My foster mom does crate me when she cannot take me or my foster brother Stanley with her and I sometimes do well, other times I will try to escape my crate.
I am still learning to stay down when I get to excited and not jump on people or mouth them, but I am getting much better! I am still learning after all! Sometimes I get a bit sassy and I am going to be on the bigger side when I grow up, so a home with small children would not be the best fit me. If there is an older teen that is good with dogs and knows how to act around me I would like that as well. Sometimes I like to push boundaries if I do not get my way, but it is out of frustration and I am working on learning not to do these things.
I had a trainer come visit me the other day and she said I am a good dog and just need someone to work with me since I get stressed when I meet new people, and having a treat along helps with this as well. She also said I would be good doing nose work activities in time. My foster mom is doing great with me and she says I have come a long way since I first came to her. She says I am super smart and will do great if given the right tools and activities to help me along. I am excited for my future and know that if my forever home is patient with me and will give me the time I need, I will be the best dog ever!