About Bandit 2
As Bandit has started to settle in his personality has started to sprout. He has a kind and gentle way to him despite all his whimpers.
The first few days were the toughest for him. New home, new people, new dogs to get used to. He initially wouldn’t even go in his kennel he was so apprehensive and would howl and shake about. We started to feed him in there and praise him to let him know that’s a safe spot. He goes in there with no problems now. He would prefer not to but it isn’t forced anymore.
We have taken him off his prescription anxiety pills. He’s not completely at ease but he is much more mellow and can calm down quicker than he did in those first few days. He’s on the composure treats and he loves those!! They definitely help and I feel better about those on a daily basis vs the prescription.
He gets along great with everyone and every pet. I think he would be most comfy in a home where he is center of attention. (The girls (our dogs) can sometimes amp up his hyper activity). With that being said they do help keep each other entertained in the yard so having other pets isn’t a deal breaker. He’s starting to take interest in a ball now and hopefully will learn to bring it back.
At night he was sleeping with our youngest but he literally takes up the whole bed and I didn’t feel that was the best for anyone to get sleep next to. So we put him in a kennel at night. There are some whimpers and howls for a few minutes but he quickly goes to bed and waits for 6:00 am when he is ready to start the day! Yes Bandit is an early riser.
We haven’t had any trouble with accidents in the house. He knows all the basic commands. On his runs he is very responsive to the e- collar. We are really trying to get his weight down. I’m hoping we can get some long hikes in while the girls are away on hunting trips over the next few weeks.
He is such a sweet heart. One of the best fosters (besides my favorite Max) that we have had the pleasure of helping with. I am positive in the right home his anxiety can be controlled and comforted. Whomever adopts him will need to continue to work with him, in the few weeks we have had him he has improved tremendously. I hope we can get him a permanent home soon so he can finally feel at ease.