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Lilly has been fostering with an Airedale-experienced mom who is an experienced trainer and even works at a doggy day-care. Lilly has come a long way with her. Here is her report after 3 weeks.
She has settled into a routine and is a much more relaxed dog. She continues to be great about sleeping the night in her crate. She will sleep on the back screen porch while I am out of her sight in the house and I can leave her for several hours during the day in an outdoor run. However the outdoor run has a tented top and 6 ft fencing. She can jump a shorter fence.
She continues to get along with my male and female Airedales. The dogs run together around our wooded property with me as close by as possible to supervise.
After Lilly’s 10 day recovery from spay surgery I took her into the daycare group on a long line leash and muzzle as described in previous email. She started out very anxious but relaxed after about an hour. As she relaxed she became more interested in the other dogs and ultimately very excited. When she gets excited she does get pushy and will mount another dog. I correct this with a verbal ahh-ahh and leash pressure to pull her out. I then call her back to me and tell her good girl when she redirects attention to me. She needed a few corrections the first morning but is an especially obedient dog with good recall. She quickly started turning back to me and correcting herself before getting too excited and pushy.
The second day she was released without the leash and just a muzzle. She was very well behaved and had great recall. I have no doubt with continued practice to reinforce appropriate pack behavior, she would not only be fine in the daycare situation but better behaved than many.
Lilly is really an excellent dog! She can be anxious and she can escalate when there is excitement thus I think she will be best suited to an owner that understands that an anxious dog needs structure and firm guidance to feel secure.
I see no real limiting issue with this girl except She does snore rather loudly.
The Airedale Rescue GroupRescuing Airedales since 2000, in the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.
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