02 Mar Buck
Buck here, just wanted to update you on how I’m doing! I’ve been with Indiana Bulldog Rescue for a few months now, after having two homes in two years. It’s been a journey, but foster ma says I am doing a pretty awesome job of learning to be a good boy! She and I have been working with a trainer on learning some manners and basic commands.
I guess some people find me intimidating? I’m a big boy, I like to move fast, and when I am focused on something I can get pretty intense. What can I say? I play hard, I nap hard, and I love hard. I like to express my excitement by jumping up, which foster ma says I shouldn’t do because I might accidentally hurt people. She’s working on teaching me better ways to say hi, but sometimes I just can’t contain myself. I have what the trainer calls a “rough mouth” because I like treats a lot and want to snap them up as fast as possible, so I have been working on trying to be gentle. I also like to “talk” and tell people what I think by grumbling and making noises, and often try to get their attention by pawing at them if I think they aren’t focused on me.
Foster ma and the trainer do think I have some anxiety, possibly from my past experiences. I tend to prefer men over women initially. I don’t like yelling/shouting or being corrected/reprimanded, I tend to respond defensively. I have also shown some territorial/guarding tendencies around unfamiliar people or when I am feeling anxious or tense. Foster ma has been using positive reinforcement and “Nothing In Life Is Free” to teach me to earn the things and interactions I want, and I’m slowly getting it. I will need continued practice and someone who has the patience to help me learn to be my best self.
I love walks, car rides, and tough chew toys like bones and Kongs. I don’t really have much interest in games like fetch, but I like to help clean up sticks in the yard. For the most part, I do not try to chew on things that are not my toys, although I have a weird obsession with chasing moving light and shadows. Couch privileges are a must! I would probably do best with canine companions who are closer to my size and energy level that like to romp and play rough. I can be a bit much for smaller or timid doggos. And because of my zooming, jumping, and territorial tendencies I would not do well with little humans but have been okay around older, dog-experienced kids.
So that’s some info about me. If you think you’d like to meet me, contact the nice people of the Indiana Bulldog Rescue and let them know Buck sent you!