|Sex ||Male ||Color ||Liver & White |
|Location ||Northborough, MA ||Posted ||05/29/14 |
Ruben is a two-year-old boy who came to NEESSR two months ago - an exceptionally timid dog. His foster family has been diligently working to help him overcome his fears and develop confidence. At this time he is comfortable and loved in his foster home. We are happy to announce that Ruben has found his permanent home - and will be adopted by his NEESSR foster family. We'd like to share their thoughts. Here is "Ruben's Story"
Ruben is still a very sensitive dog who needs a slow introduction to people, dogs and things in his environment, but his progress thus far has been astounding! His gentle and endearing nature makes him a wonderful companion to his family and housemate, Gemma, a 2-year-old golden retriever. During Ruben’s first few weeks in foster care he often hid in the yard and had to be coaxed into the house; once inside he stayed in his crate or retreated to a quiet place in the house away from the family. When confronted with a situation he was unable to handle, Ruben crouched on the floor and froze in place.
With the help of a trainer and the support of NEESSR members several training techniques were employed to help him approach family members and ease his fears, which were not necessarily predictable. Despite his fearful nature, it was amazing that he weathers thunderstorms and the lawnmower noise with barely a notice.
After 4 weeks, Ruben was finally adventuresome enough to pick up his first dog toy and a whole new world opened up for him! The emergence of playful behavior led to modified games of fetch and find toys and frequent romps in the garden with Gemma. As he feels more safe in his home, the fearful behaviors he exhibits are diminishing. Ruben is growing in confidence when faced with visits from friends and family, to include three grandchildren. Everyone is respectful of Ruben’s space and he able to approach guests on his terms in slow and cautious manner, even to the point of climbing into a lap from time to time. His progress outside of the home is slow, but continual. Ruben is still unsuccessful at leaving the house without Gemma as a buffer on his walks in the neighborhood and local park. Ruben still needs time and a great deal more training, but judging from the past few weeks he’s well on his way to many more tail wagging adventures.