Max Staffie DofB 06.11 Gatwick Kenns / Orpington Foster

Staffierescue dogs available for homing/awaiting adoption
lonewolf
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Re: Max Staffie DofB 06.11 Gatwick Kenns / Orpington Foster

Post by lonewolf » Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:17 pm

We welcomed Max back into temporary foster with us on Saturday and he will be with us for about 10 days. We're trying to provide support and understanding to help him deal with the situation he has found himself in through no fault of his own. He's such a loving dog that he finds being separated from his carers quite overwhelming - so we are going to try and help him deal with that through some targeted work. He's also a determined little character who I don't suspect has had many boundaries so we are going to try and work on that too. He's a dog that really picks up on the energy of a situation and the people in it. We're learning about him all the time.

Hopefully we can step up for him, help him develop his skills and let him learn to relax and be a little less anxious. As you can see from the pictures he certainly knows how to chill out when the situation is right!

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It's only water
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Yes Emma is here....don't worry!
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He's not as big as he looks

Luella
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Re: Max Staffie DofB 06.11 Gatwick Kenns / Orpington Foster

Post by Luella » Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:59 am

What a great shame for such a gorgeous dog. Hopefully he’ll get over his fears soon & find a home which will help his confidence. How great that you’re fostering him again - thank you


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Re: Max Staffie DofB 06.11 Gatwick Kenns / Orpington Foster

Post by lonewolf » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:06 pm

Had a lovely day with Max yesterday. We caught some early morning sunshine in the garden, had lunch outside a cafe, then took a trip to Knole Park for a decent walk.

It's difficult to see from the picture but at the cafe a nice calm labrador arrived at the table next to ours and both dogs were no more than 8 feet apart. Max was relaxed enough to lay down the whole time. At Knole Park Max loved taking in the sights and sounds and we sat on my favourite hillside where I used to sit with Alfie. Max even got to see how not to play golf!!

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Good boy Max!
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Re: Max Staffie DofB 06.11 Gatwick Kenns / Orpington Foster

Post by lonewolf » Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:03 pm

I had to post this. Max has some personality folks - he's cheeky, he's vocal, he sometimes doesn't listen, he wants to have fun.

In short, he has character!


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Re: Max Staffie DofB 06.11 Gatwick Kenns / Orpington Foster

Post by lonewolf » Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:19 pm


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Re: Max Staffie DofB 06.11 Gatwick Kenns / Orpington Foster

Post by lonewolf » Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:08 pm

As you can see from the last two videos Max loves to play. He's full of mischief if he can get away with it but so endearing with it.

He's being going back into kennels for the odd day or two but each time we pick him up he slots back into his routine with us. He's adapting well because his foster with us isn't conventional - he splits his time between our house and Vicky's mum's house. His routine when he's with us is very srtaightforward and we've learned what he likes.

He's not an early riser and likes to get up around 7.30am. Hopefully this isn't too much information but he has a No.2 when he gets up, we take him for a 20-minute walk, and without fail he has another No.2 on that walk. In short, give Max the opportunity to have two No. 2's early on in the day! Max is fine on walks when passing other dogs in the street. He picks up on the energy of other dogs - when they are calm he is calm, if they are rude or too energetic he behaves similarly. We find it easy to walk him in places where we know we aren't likely to encounter off lead dogs and are lucky to live quite close to Knole Park where dogs have to be kept on leads the whole time because of the deer.

Once Max has had his morning walk and his breakfast he will happily settle down and sleep if I am working from home. Max is still noise sensitive and will make himself heard if he hears noises he doesn't like but he has improved massively with getting used to different noises. When he's at Vicky's mum's the set-up is a bit different and Max has access to a larger garden which he loves. He loves sunbathing, playing with his toys, asking you to go and play with him (!), and sleeping when he can. If you are relaxing watching telly Max will sleep, but if you are doing things (which Vicky and Emma always are) he will join in....not always in the most helpful way! As I said, he can be mischievous.

Max loves his bed when it comes to night time. He also likes our bed so generally starts off in his but at about 5am he will jump on ours. When he's asleep at night it's the only time his hearing is properly turned off....he sleeps right through without stirring. Here's some pictures of lovely Max:
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Enjoying Knole Park
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He always lays like this!
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You gotta start somewhere......
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Helping with some paperwork
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He even makes a good desk!
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Sun God!

lonewolf
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Re: Max Staffie DofB 06.11 Gatwick Kenns / Orpington Foster

Post by lonewolf » Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:46 am

Just a little example to show what Max is like around other dogs. I'm going to try and get more videos to show how we manage him around them. In this video we were just sitting outside a cafe on a busy high street. When other dogs keep their distance and are well behaved Max is happy to stay out of their way. This terrier walked past and Max wasn't bothered at all but then the terrier noticed Max and barked at him as he was going past. You can see that Max reacted and did go towards the other dog.

When Max walks past other dogs in the street his reaction depends purely on the behaviour / body language / proximity of the other dog. If the other dog is at a safe distance and calm Max won't react. If the other dog is either playful or rude Max will react. We have started taking Max to some training classes just to get him more used to other dogs walking on lead in closer proximity to him. He is learning to sit and stay while other dogs walk past him at a distance of about 4 metres at the moment.

The biggest message I would give anyone interested in Max is that he is not a dog to take over the park where other dogs are running around off lead. This is not because Max wants to go near them but purely because many owners have very little control of their own dogs and assume that all other dogs are comfortable with other dogs running up to them. Max is not comfortable with that so for that reason we walk him in areas where we know other dogs aren't going to be rushing up to him. This was the same situation with our previous dog and it's actually really easy to find plenty of places to exercise in this way.


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