A friend asked if I had room for another running dog as he didn't want to show any more. After a bit of a discussion, I asked if it would be ok if I tried to rehabilitate him back to the show ring. The problem was that he had been terribly frightened at a show and did not seem to want to go to another show. And so it was that I met my friend down in Bowling Green and picked up Cowboy.
Needless to say, she had to be kept separate from him as she, Ace and Freya decided that would be an opportune moment to go in to heat. All thought of beginning Cowboy's rehab training had to be set aside while I dealt with keeping the girls away from him, and housetraining him not to mark everywhere. It was also hard to get his attention away from raging hormones, so I took the time to earn his trust, give him time to adjust to his new home, and learn the ropes.
Ghost also loves to play with him, and is getting so big! Soon it will be time to take him to the shows. His training is coming along very well, however, it has been hard to get him to the Kennel Club practices since my husband now goes to school in the evenings. But we will be gearing up for puppy matches starting next month.
Over the past few weeks, Cowboy's confidence and comfort level has grown and he has become an integral part of our family and pack. He loves the big yard and loves being able to play with the other dogs. This morning I was able to allow the girls to interact with him without him attempting to mount even though Princess played with him. Cowboy seemed completely uninterested in anything but play, not even a sniff, so we should be ok. It will be a relief to not have to shuffle dogs in and out for 5 or 6 months. With that out of the way, I should be able to concentrate on Ghost's and Cowboy's show training.