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UPDATE

UPDATE: ONE DAY LATER: McTavish continues to make great progress. He hasn’t growled at Gracie for a couple of days so whatever it was, he’s over it.  He is really turning out to be a super dog! Yes, what a difference a foster makes in the life of a dog!!

6/12/19 FOSTER UPDATE:  McTavish is making significant progress.  The low growlies are decreasing as he begins to relax and realize it’s OK to share Gracie with me. If he demonstrates any negativity, I immediately correct him and that is working well. I will encourage them both to come over for attention at the same time and let him know what is considered acceptable behavior. Today, after only being with us two days, they were in each other’s faces quite a bit with minimal incidents.

McTavish absolutely loves to tear around the back yard with Gracie, and she’s happy to have a fellow runner.  They also enjoy playing with each other inside, but for now, I feel it’s best to avoid any competition over toys so all toys are temporarily hidden. No potty accidents so far.  I also didn’t kennel him while I was at work & just came home at lunch to let them out and was delighted that there were zero issues at all in my absence.  My son visited earlier, and McTavish immediately warmed up to him.

He is a very sweet, and even more silly boy who just needs to learn some social skills.  He’s coming out of his shell already.  He’s thrilled to be out of the kennel and getting to do what a dog should do – maybe for the first time ever! Just like most of our rescue pups – he just needed a chance!

 6/10/19 UPDATE: McTavish spent a very productive week with our trainer.  He will sit on command, responds to the down command and will wait patiently for permission to go outside.  He also settles into his crate without barking and has learned not to beg for food.  Not only does he enjoy car rides but has a great time running and playing in a fenced area. He is afraid around cats, and he continues to improve around moving cars.  He does fine with many dogs but still remains selective, and loud barking dogs make him nervous.  He walks beautifully on a leash and this sweet dog connects well with people and is very friendly.

VOLUNTEER UPDATE:  McTavish was an excellent walker for our volunteer and he commented on his sweet disposition.  Although he is hesitant around other dogs, he loves people, being petted, and is such an affectionate dog. He even showed off some commands he has mastered.McTavish was an excellent walker for our volunteer and he commented on his sweet disposition.  Although he is hesitant around other dogs, he loves people, being petted, and is such an affectionate dog. He even showed off some commands he has mastered.McTavish was an excellent walker for our volunteer and he commented on his sweet disposition.  Although he is hesitant around other dogs, he loves people, being petted, and is such an affectionate dog. He even showed off some commands he has mastered. McTavish was an excellent walker for our volunteer and he commented on his sweet disposition.  Although he is hesitant around other dogs, he loves people, being petted, and is such an affectionate dog. He even showed off some commands he has mastered.McTavish is really such a well-manned dog. He has excellent leash manners and will walk by your side.  If he needs any correction, he responds right away. He is a very sweet boy and shares a lot of kisses and wags his tail to share his joy being with you.