Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Akeno Graduates to Furever

Double Cairngratulations to Akeno!! Read what Foster Mom says about this handsome and talented boy:

Akeno has been in CP foster care for almost 18 months. He came to me last fall as his 2nd foster home. The little guy was a little unsure of things and himself but had a really good grasp of the basics. His first foster mom worked with him using NILIF and he remembered it all. After getting to know Akeno, I decided he might have fun in a formal obedience class. I had met a trainer/behaviorist that used a different approach to training and thought Akeno might like it. Boy - did he ever!!! The class was small - four dogs, four people and two trainers. Lots of yummy unconventional treats & the word NO was never used. Akeno thrived on this method and blossomed. In six weeks he learned about loose leash walking, settle, mat, leave it, take it, give it, sit, down, stay, off, on, reliable recall, name recognition, focus, distractions, stranger greeting, dog greeting, agility (hurdles, weave poles, & tunnel) and his own trick for graduation.

Akeno's graduation trick was jumping through a hula hoop. He did four jumps, a twirl and gopher sit for his finale which was met with a round of applause. Everyone marveled at how much this shy, insecure cairn had changed. As part of his class, Akeno got a graduation picture taken by a pet photographer. She only charged $1.00 for the photo.

The trainers gave Akeno graduation presents- a bandanna, treats, and a rope toy. To top it off, Akeno just got the best graduation present of all, A FOREVER HOME!! I always thought Akeno was a diamond in the rough - look at him now, a polished gem!!

Carolynne M.
Ft. Wayne IN

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