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Day Five

Posted by gooddogdc on June 3, 2009 at 1:44 PM
I just wanted to make everyone aware that Conner does have two medical issues

One, he is recovering from heartworm treatment and will not be fully recovered until August 30th.  That means that he can not run, jump, play, or do anything else that could potential elevate his heartrate to dangerous levels.  However, he can go on leashed walks and one of his favorite activities is to sniff around in the woods across from our house.  A rep from Homeward Trails also assured me that almost all of the dogs that they treat for heartworm recover fully and are 100% normal after the treatment and recovery period.  Also, I just want to mention that heartworm is not contagious between dogs in the same household, so you don't have to worry if you have other dogs (trust me, I would NEVER put my own dog in danger).

Two, they think that Conner was hit by a car at some point.  He apparently has some damage to one of his legs, but if you look at him you would never know.  He walks around and looks just like a normal dog.  He is due for another vet checkup soon, which will let us know if he will ever be able to be a jogging/running companion.

On a lighter note:  He is doing great in his adjustment period.  He barked for the first time today when there were maintenance people in the hallway.  After I called him to me, he quieted right down.

He still is very good in the crate with no barking.  He did cry for the first time last night, but I think that it was because he is not used to having all of the lights off.  We turned the kitchen light on low, and he quieted right down and went to sleep.

Together we are working on sit, down, stay, leave it, come, touch, look at me, and crate.  The crate command is definitely the hardest one for him at this point (we will get there though!).  Conner is doing spectacularly at all of the other commands - he is very good at intuitively understanding body language. 

I have also begun desensitizing him to a head collar.  He rarely pulls and is very responsive to the leash, but he still gets spooked occassionally if we are crossing Connecticut and a big truck drives by (especially firetrucks!).  The head collar will give me much more control to help him calm down, especially when I am walking both dogs.

All in all, I think that Conner is having a GREAT time in his new life!  He loves rawhide (I don't think he's ever had one before now), and will carry it around in his mouth, even on walks if you let him!  He LOVES mealtime and is very good about waiting to eat until you say it is okay.  He LOVES other dogs and all of the people that we meet on our walks.  Conner also loves tennis balls, but those will have to wait until after his recovery period because he gets so excited about them!  He will carry it around in his mouth, drop it, and pounce on it in a play bow over and over again.  We have hardwoods, so the ball goes flying when he paws at it and he loves it!

As each day goes by, we are growing closer and closer to Conner.  He is SUCH a good dog!  We love having him here, and we are happy to keep him until he finds a wonderful home of his own.

If you are interested in adopting Conner, please email me at [email protected] or you can call me at 202-341-5302.

Categories: Conner's Story (ADOPTED)