Wow, the deliquent duo just about got kicked out of the camp! Was I ever surprise yesterday morning!
I arrived at the boot camp only to find the gate locked. The combo lock was off and a regular key lock was on. The camp owner came over to let me in and blew steam over the dog owner lack of communication telling me all kinds of things–bottom line she is frustrated over the lack of communication. She has a separate contract with them and was pretty upset with the situation.
Since the girls were out of dog food, I had stopped at the local pet store to grab some more and they lept around while I loaded up their bin, grabbed the padlock from off the fence, locked the perimeter gate and headed out.
As I pondered the situation I remembered one of the reasons I don’t take dogs and keep them on my property any more. Although I didn’t think the current situation was the case, there was a time that a boot camp dog was dog abandoned.
Those owners paid for training and then didn’t want the dog! Luckily she was from a rescue group whose policy is to take the dog back. They found another good home for the now trained pup and it was comforting to know that their animals would never be abandoned.
The girls and I had a good hike and upon my return the camp owner came out to see me. She was more steamed.
The lock I found on the fence was the wrong lock.
On the hike, the duo did great with leaving the horses alone both on the trail and in their stables. They still forget that they cannot go more than 49 feet away from me but they are waiting on their own frequently.
Anyway, I learned that while on my hike the camp owner called the emergency contact for the dogs and asked that they pick them up. I had already placed a couple of calls in to the owners and called the emergency contact today and had a chat.
The good news is by evening the owners had called the camp owner. They had been in an area without cell coverage. Which sounds good but I have an 800 number so there is no excuse not to check in. I still have not heard back from them–even though they were reported to be arriving back here yesterday.
Anyway, I’ve just stuck with my plan and after a good long hike, I brought the dogs home with me. They were super excited and stupid. *sigh*
Eventually they calmed down and slept…but every time I moved they lept up! There are these masks used for dogs that are overstimulated but I think the two would chew them up. I don’t want to use psychopharmocology but it may be needed for one of the critters.
You might not know that dogs kept outside away from the family exhibit 60% more behavior problems. These gals don’t know how to behave so I am hoping some of the integration will help with their arrival home. I have an outdoor kennel run onsite but brought them downstairs and turned on the television and went into the fridge, got a drink, etc.
It took them about an hour to settle but then they took naps. Dog “A” was funny because she noticed the television and didn’t know what to think. They both wanted to play so I had to remove the toys and just leave out the chew hooves. They really don’t know what to do with themselves!
They keep doing investigation rounds throughout the house. Things that are off limits are left at nose level and they have to be reminded about “leave it” and “knock it off.”
They try hard…but will it be enough?