|TJ (right) has been less than welcoming, but|
Duke doesn't reciprocate and doesn't escalate.
I took them walking today to try to forge a
bond of sorts. They were fine walking together.
It's with that mindset that I can say that Duke is a good dog. He peed and pooped in my house the first day. He marked because he's an un-neutered male (until Wednesday) and lots of other male dogs have marked in my house before him. He pooped because he had been on the road all day and it was raining when he arrived here and I didn't get him outside. He hasn't done either on day two, but even if he had, I'd still say unequivocally, that this is a good dog. Bathroom habits are just that - habits, they can be changed and they are not temperament, and that's what makes a good dog.
|This is what I was hoping for, nose-to-nose time,|
submissive kisses from Duke, and hopefully TJ
will realize that he's not a threat or challenge to
his position in the pack.
I took Duke out for a five mile hike today with Maya and TJ. Pleasant Grove was pretty much empty but we did meet another walker early on who wanted to pet the dogs. Maya isn't really interested in petting from strangers, but she said hello. TJ is good with people and he got his due, but Duke stepped up, leaned in to the stranger and presented him with all the dog anyone would ever want or need to pet.
|I love this shot, out of focus as it is,|
just for the tails - held high and curled
up over their backs.
|I don't think Duke has had much experience on a leash,|
but he was really pretty good, no pulling.
Whatever went into his genetic makeup, the outcome is one awesome dog.