ADOPTED – Meet Scooter

Scooter goes to school!

Scooter goes to schoolScooter’s past:

This very people oriented affectionate cocker lived most of his life alone, in a kennel in the basement. He had an automatic dog feeder and a dog door that went out to a small fenced area.

Scooter’s past. Living such a solitary life, Scooter missed out on all the world’s sights, sounds, and smells that make a dog’s life so interesting (to say nothing of the lack of human warmth and interaction.)

But now Scooter’s catching up on all he missed out on for so long. Thanks to trainer, Karen B., who is fostering Scooter for CSRNE, Scooter is now out and about savoring all the many pleasures he missed as well as learning to be a well trained dog. Karen is even hoping to get him his canine good citizenship certification.

Scooter’s present – by Karen B.  (Be sure to watch Scooter’s collage video at the end of this article)

Scooter missed out on a lot in his life, but he is now ready to catch up!  He is eager to please and really loves his training sessions.  Despite being 9 years young, he is proving he is not too old to learn a few new tricks!  He has worked hard to learn the proper manners befitting a gentleman.  He is doing exceptionally with proper obedience work (heel, front, sit, down, stand, moving down, moving stand, long sit, long stay, and recall) and with a little more polishing, he could go on to get is Companion Dog title!  He also has mastered loose-leash walking with an automatic sit, waiting for permission before entering or exiting doors (house, car), going to a down position to wait for meals, and the “place” command (go to your place), and more.  He also has a couple of tricks up his sleeve too – like a “high five”!  Scooter loves meeting new friends, both the four-legged and two-legged variety.   He doesn’t really understand yet how to play with other dogs, but he is friendly to them! 
Scooter arrived with pretty serious anxiety issues but with plenty of structured exercise and structure in the house, he has made dramatic improvements.  He is now almost always fairly relaxed (usually snoozing) in the house and has learned to calm himself.  Scooter is completely crate trained. I think the ideal home for Scooter would be with another canine buddy and/or someone who was home a large part of the day.  In order to continue to improve and eliminate his anxiety, he will definitely need someone committed to his daily exercise and maintaining a leadership position (this helps him feel secure). Having a fenced yard is a bonus but will not suffice for his exercise; he will need his walks.  Scooter loves to play fetch, go swimming and hiking, go to the dog park, and even lie by your feet at an outdoor table.  He would love to be “on the go” with you!  

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