“from simple beginnings come great dogs”.
Spirit Ridge's "YoYo"
YoYo came to us with alleged serious crate anxiety and separation anxiety and was on a Prozac type generic drug. His catatonic initial demeanour led us to toss the medication and work with him to help ease his crate anxiety. A week into our work, I am happy to report that he is doing very well. The "fog" in his brain seems to have been lifted and he has started to wag his tail, take interest in our dogs and generally is more 'into' doing things.
His anxiety in the crate is limited to standing and panting and, when we leave his sight, he occasionally barks but never gets rewarded by us letting him out. He has begun to lay down in his crate and has even snoozed in it. He is slowly learning that the easiest way out of the crate is to calm down. He is also starting to take some treats while in his crate - which means he is starting to ease up on the stress factor. This is work in progress ....
YoYo has also begun to slowly master the treadmill. A few days after we started him on it, he is up to 12 minutes and continues to improve daily. For a video of YoYo's 3rd time on the treadmill (he is way better now, already!) please follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WQuvJv-J1c).
When YoYo first came to us, he did not show any interest and/or knowledge of how to play with other dogs. He was not aggressive, he was not dominant, he was not even fearful ... he just stood there as if in a trance. "Ochi" (herself a rescue by us that we kept last year) desperately tried to get her to play from day 1. Ochi is a master at play and was thwarted for 6 days ..... until this happened ..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnJE1yqWRLI .
So far, YoYo is showing a great deal of promise. A low to medium energy small sized malinois, he will make someone a very good companion. Other than scent work tracking and possibly Rally Obedience (which is fun) I am not seeing him being a high performance type dog. He has already come face to face with a cat at our vet clinic and was superb in his behaviour remaining totally calm and respectfully curious. He did NOT chase when the cat took off - which is also a big plus. He gets along well with our dogs - even "pushy-to-play" Ochi!
We have not had a chance to test him with young children and hope to do so in the future.
YoYo has his own dedicated blog
where you will be able to read and see pictures of his daily adventures as he
learns new stuff and masters old challenges that went unmet before. Please
check it regularly: www.rescueatspiritridge.simplesite.com
(UPDATE: Blog has been discontinued) for news about him and when he will be ready to start looking for his forever
MARCH 25, 2013 UPDATE: