My Journey With Captain Jack.
Bringing in a foster dog is such a wonderful experience. But I would be lying if I said it was easy.
See that window? Yup puppy smudges!! I call then the troublesome triplets, three amigos, two pits and a plott, and the kids. They bring happiness and love to all those around them, we've been blessed with the chance to change the mind of a couple neighbors about bully breeds, and the neighborhood kids always come running to play with the dogs when we are outside. Sometimes I'll have 5 kids all of elementary school age in my yard. We teach the kids how to interact, expect the dogs to listen when the kids ask them to do something, and I'm hoping we can help plant seeds in the children's lives regarding responsible dog ownership. This is our #badassclub pic, tagged by @professorwigglebottoms @existentialpuppy we now tag @abrahamthepibble @theboboxer @chiweenie_leo 💓🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾💓 #mychildrensfingerpaint #noseprints #art #gooddog #rescue #rescueadvocate #pitbulllove #lovemyfurbabies #bestdogsever #bullymommy #adoptdontshop #pibbles #pitbull #bullylife
To be honest, I miss him. It makes me a bit sad walking into my house and seeing only two wiggly butts happy to see me (my cats are happy from a distance, no wiggly cat butts in this house).
My routine is off, I was looking forward to only having my two dogs again but I underestimated how far Jack managed to wiggle into my heart. Three is a lot of work, and exercising was a chore. In order to keep Jack sharp on his recall we would rotate taking him by himself and then taking him with just one other dog. Three large dogs is just a lot harder to deal with at the same time, they are strong and while I could walk all three by myself I was much more comfortable walking two at a time since we have a few reactive neighbor dogs in our area. I always loved it when my hubby or a friend would join me for a walk because then I could pass off a dog.
|Just me and the dogs on a hike over the summer, this is a closed logging road.|
Jack was a lot of fun to teach new tricks, he's so smart! He picks new things up really fast. (Silly Jack HERE) We taught him, beg, play dead, roll over, shake with either paw, back up, lay down. But "beg" was my favorite, look at his eyes! We actually called it, "Stick em!" as in "stick em up!" because when he first started this trick he'd stick his paws straight up!
|Jack loved any kind of food.|
|Little Beggars in the kitchen.|
When all three dogs played together they became the Three Amigo's. The boys liked to wrestle but Ziva is to prissy for that so she'd sit back and watch then pounce into the fray when one of the boys was getting the upper hand. She just liked to help whoever was winning. But when they weren't wrestling they were either playing nicely together and sharing toys, or they were snuggled up in a big pile.
Since we had Jack for about 6 months we really got to enjoy him, and get to know him. For example; we discovered he is not a fan of swimming. He also hated getting his feet wet if it rained, and we would have to put a leash on him and walk him around the tall bushes in our yard to get him to go potty.
|"See? No wet feet here!"|
We also discovered that like Ziva, Jack had an obsessive love for tennis balls.
Jack was also responsible for showing me that as a trainer I still have a long ways to go. He taught me that I need to be more patient, and that with a handful of treats even a naughty monkey can be taught to behave. ( I wrote a post about part of my personal journey with Jack - Improving Myself HERE)
I also learned that when it was just myself and Jack I could relax they way I do with either Dante or Ziva. One - on - one, and Jack was much more in tuned with the human with him as opposed to the other dogs around him. If I took him out by myself our training sessions were more successful, he listened better, he was more attentive in general, and I could relax and just enjoy the walk or hike.
|A hike up Eagles Rest with just Jack. It was hot so I was pouring water on him to help him stay cool.|
He also taught me that hard work and patience really does pay off. After going from runaway hound, chasing him down on more than one occasion, and door bolting... Jack finally figured out how to be off-leash.
Jack showing off a turn and sitting when I stop without being asked to. 🐾💓🐾💓🐾💓🐾💓🐾 #offleashtraining #heelwork #goodboy #positivedogtraining #dogtraining #FinesseNotForce #forcefreetraining #forcefree #prongcollarssuck #painfree #fosterdogs #foster #jack #dzdogs #rescue #rescueadvocate #adoptdontshop #educateyourself #teamfloppyears #anexerciseddogisahappydog
Jack the #offleash wonder dog! On a more serious note.. Please don't just let your dog off leash, if you can't control your dog then they do not belong off leash. A leash is not only for their own safety but for the safety of other people and dogs. We have worked long and hard on this with Jack, and I only let him off leash in environments where I know we can safely train/play. He can't resist other dogs yet so we play super early in the morning and I'm always careful to watch for anyone with a dog. Having a reactive dog (Ziva) I know how frustrating it is when another dog runs up on you when you are out on a walk minding your business. I don't want to be THAT person. 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾 #dontbeajerk #dontbeirresponsible #beresponsible #trainyourdog #positivedogtraining #positivereinforcement #playtime #offleashtraining #offleash #jack #happyhound #houndmix #mutt #brindleicious
Gotta be honest, I miss his silly face. He was really good at snuggling too. But on a wonderful note, Jack is doing awesome with his new family and really I couldn't be happier for him! I can proudly say that we did right by Jack, we gave him a brand new start to life and we successfully found him an amazing home. Last night his new family sent me pictures of Jack, they had a family movie night and he was right there being a good boy, soaking up attention and necessary belly rubs. I'm happy for him and proud of how far he's come. He is such a good boy.
Way to go Jack.
|That's me in the upper left hand corner.|
Other Posts About Jack:
Jack In The Beginning
My, Myself, & Jack
Summer Is That You?
Runaway Risk to Off-Leash Hound!
Unleash the Hound!
Jack is Heading Home!