Thursday, December 20, 2012

Star's winter report card

Star has made huge progress in her time with us so far!

In three short weeks, she has:

Mastered a really good Sit and Down;

Made good progress on Stay; 

Become a huge fan of Roll Over;

Not fought a single time with Lamar, instead tolerating his continuous growling and snapping;

Gotten really good at Gimme Five (both paws!);

Gone from demanding attention pretty much nonstop throughout the evening, to being able to amuse herself for long stretches with a good stuffy or chew;


Learned to tolerate frustration and boundaries. While before, she responded to being interrupted or asked not to chew something with defensive growling, barking, and lunging, now she just looks at whomever interrupted her, sits, and waits for the neck rub she's come to expect!

On several occasions, demonstrated a champion Leave It--preferring a treat even to something as tantalizing as Lamar's leash;

Shown universal enjoyment and affability for dogs and humans;

Demonstrated a deep well of affection for those she is closest to.

Yes, there are certainly areas where Star shows room for improvement! These would be: 
  • Jumping up on humans
  • Loose leash walking!
  • Dog play manners--heeding "chill out!" signals from other dogs and toning down the face biting 
  • Overall hyperness and impulse control...Wait and Stay could be even better still.

We still have work to do--and Star has growing up to do--but at this point I feel very proud of her progress!  The shelter has agreed and she is now available for adoption. 

I am hoping a patient, active person or family is out there, ready for free unlimited spa treatments and an overabundance of love and fun.


  1. I am so happy to hear how well Star is doing and you really should be proud of yourself for helping to achieve this! If we were at our eastern homestead, we'd be seriously inquiring about her.

    Fingers and paws crossed for Star to find the loving forever home she deserves. She is a beautiful girl who has come a long way.

  2. That is so rewarding to see! You have really done so well with her, she is so lucky to have landed with you!

  3. Keep up the good work, Miss Star!!

    -Bart and Ruby

  4. Great job Star. It helps being with a good trainer
    Benny & Lily

  5. All that is only three weeks? Amazing! That little dog is getting exactly what she needs, love, patience, attention, socialization and understanding. What a great team you have and everyone plays such an important role in her success. You should be very pleased indeed.

  6. Oh my goodness! That is amazing. Kirsten, you have such a gift, and I know you have put in a lot of hard work learning how to best work with your pups. Well done to both you and Star!

  7. She is on her way to becoming a saint LOL!

  8. I hope that she finds the perfect home soon! :) She's come a long way!

  9. Star sounds like she is coming along so well and I sure hope she finds a loving forever home. Love the froggy pose! :)

  10. That bottom pictuer is great! And that really is fantastic progress. She definitely has you to thank for her second chance.

  11. Way to go star!

    Stop on by for a visit


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