The following account was written by one of our volunteers, Sheila Mullis.
"Porter was rescued from a puppy mill where he had spent his entire life. Porter was never socialized or loved, and he is an insecure, timid dog, who bites. Porter is in the Rehab Program, and he is my assigned dog. Our session started with carefully putting a leash on him... a task, since he wouldn't let me touch him without trying to bite. He leads very well for a pup new to the whole idea. I lead him out of the kennel and began by walking him to a secure outdoor area. This was the first time he had been outside since his arrival... maybe in his whole life! We would walk a bit, then I would stand beside him, bend down, say 'touch' and starting at his back pet him, working forward. I started using the word 'touch' so he knows what to expect. By the end of the hour, we had been all around out front and into the socialization area, where we took a break to relax on the couch. He also let me pick him up, which is a huge show of trust for him. To end the session, I lead him back into the kennel and rubbed his shoulders while removing the leash. We ended on a positive note. Before leaving for the day, I visited him and got a nose touch on my hand... I think he likes me!"
Not only does Sheila work on the rehab team, she is also a docent, fosters dogs, manages our Available Dogs facebook page, and is one of our amazing photographers. We're hoping she'll provide us another update about Porter the next time she works with him. Click here to follow Sheila's blog.