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Riley---Study for behavior modification

Riley is a 4 1/2 year old dog from a litter that I had bred. He is a neutered male that I may be acquiring because the owner is going through a divorce, planning to move, and feels that she will not be able to take care of him. I have been working with this dog for several weeks. I welcomed the opportunity to work with this dog. This has given me the opportunity to observe dog body language (while interacting with my dog), retrain unwanted behaviors, observe the current owner's interaction with Riley and help modify it, and do some additional obedience training.

Some issues:
1. Counter surfing
2. Unwanted digging in the yard
3. Need for calming
4. Some reactivity, not dog reactive
5. Introduction to my own dog who is a littermate. Actually a reintroduction.
6. Some resource guarding

Riley is really nice looking, smart, and was the pick of the litter. I will not rehome him, I will keep him for myself.

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He's a handsome boy!
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Riley is handsome, I'm so glad you have him back and will be able to work on his training. I bet the digging is a result of not getting enough exercise and will be less of a problem at your house. I hope you'll keep us posted on his progress.


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He’s so beautiful . Good luck!
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INTRODUCING RILEY TO THOR


I like to take my time with stuff like this. Riley of course got a whiff of Thor from my clothes and vice versa. I thought it would be good for the dogs to be familiar with each others scent. This was done over a period of a few weeks. I then had both dogs, seperated, in the same house for short periods---two gates with a "No-Man's Land" in between. This was done for a couple sessions. Then both dogs were walked together on opposite sides of the street. Thor showed interest in Riley but I kept a close watch for body language. Thor's body language was very good. We then had both dogs on leash, across the room. We put them on a sit stay and then released them. They met and had some brief play.


I need to mention that I don't take Thor to dog parks and I have not let him play with dogs, only his mother. Riley has played with other dogs. It was interesting to watch Riley try to play while Thor only gave brief periods of play. Thor has since played more with Riley. It seems that they needed to learn each other. Very interesting to me.
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Riley is beautiful and so lucky to have you. I loved the interaction and playtime with Lincoln and Bear. I miss that now that Lincoln passed in August. I hope you post pictures of Riley & Thor.
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He's a beautiful boy. Good luck with retraining. Please update us on his progress if you have time.

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Here are the boys playing. Riley on the left, Thor on the right.


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Interestingly enough it took a while for the boys to learn each other's play. Thor is easily distracted from play but returns to Riley to continue. They play chase, keep away, tug, and they like to wrestle. They take turns at being "top dog". Here Thor is offering to go below Riley IMO.
I am thrilled because Thor has had bad interactions with dogs in obedience class. At least three times a dog while off lead has run to Thor to attack him while he was on lead. Typically Thor would put his right paw on the dog's shoulder and then pin him. (Guess who gets blamed.)
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