Boss has bonded strongly

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 2 January 2014 | 5 Comments


Thank you for our dog, Boss.  He is settling in very well and loves his new home and family.  He especially loves his Dad, my husband Steve, who he feels a special bond with.  He’s very friendly with all of our visitors and, when he’s had a bit more time, we’ll trial having dogs over to visit with their owners and then to stay for a weekend and see how Boss goes with them.  I like to be able to dog-sit for friends if I can when they go on holiday.

We live in a rural setting and Steve takes Boss out for runs on a track away from the road and lets him run loose.  It seems really soon to start doing this, but Boss has really bonded with Steve so it’s ok.  He loves to explore and chase the rabbits but he never strays farther than a few metres away.

He’s also the same on our 5 acre property.  He usually stays within the confines of our house (he spends all the time with us when we are indoors) and the fenced-off “back yard”, which is quite large enough to have a really good gallop and chase his toys, but when he is taken outside of these boundaries, he remains within a few metres of us at all times.  Our house is well back off the road so there’s no immediate danger.

When he’s outside for a toilet break, we hear him bark (once) at the back door to ask to come back in.  We don’t respond to this bark but wait until he is calmly waiting and then let him in (the whole process takes 2 to 5 minutes at the most) and then we invite him in.  This way he learns not to keep making a fuss to come in, but he’s pretty good anyway so it’s not an issue and, as long as we remain consistent, will not become one.


He’s not good at coming to us when called and is not very motivated by food treats if there is a distraction (normal, I suppose) but we’re going to get in touch with a trainer to refine his behaviour in this regard and get him to respond readily to a special signal to pay attention to us and then to come or sit and stay as required.

Indoors he’s very well behaved and  pleasure to have around.  He likes to poke his nose in the bin and to approach us when we’re eating but in both cases when we ask him to retreat he does so graciously.  He’s very good with the “sit” and “lie down” commands, which is very useful.  He’s also good at sitting back and waiting to be invited to eat, while we’re preparing and putting down his food.  He’s eating and drinking well.   He’s had a bath (and is just about due for another one) and he took very well to that. Under the vet’s supervision and instructions, his ears are gradually improving.

He loves routine and goes to bed at the same time each night.  We close him off in the laundry at bed time (unfortunately we’re light sleepers and if he were to scratch or lick during the night he would wake us).  However, he’s very relaxed about this and does not mind at all being in a separate room.  He’s still getting used to the concept of getting up at 4.30 am but I’m afraid it is necessary when we’re both back at work after the summer break because this is when he’s going to get his exercise before being left while we’re at work.  He has an amazing amount of energy – he can go for a 5km run in the morning and then in the afternoon he’s ready for an energetic game of fetch and tug-of-war!

I have two stepdaughters, 14 and 11 years old, who stay with us at the weekends and Boss loves to play with them and laps up all the love and attention he gets from them.  They are aware that he is a bit rough in play and have worked out ways to avoid exciting him to the point where he hurts them – I think he’s naturally more gentle with them anyway.  We find that when we throw a toy for him to fetch he brings it back and runs straight into us and then pushes the toy against us and barks to get us to play tug-of-war with him and sometimes uses his paws on our legs.  My husband doesn’t mind so much but I would like him to be less rough and will consult the trainer about that, too.

We look forward to several fun and rewarding years with Boss!  Rest assured he is very happy and has a loving home for the rest of his life.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all and I hope you don’t see too many “Christmas puppies” this year.

All the Best, Nicola Barnes.

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  • Boss is still going well. Almost 3 months with us now. He's become slimmer and fitter what with all the running around with his Dad. He's a lovely boy to have in the house and in the car and we've noticed he's really well trained on the lead so he's a pleasure to take for walks. He might not always listen to us but he'll do anything for a Dentastix!

    Posted by Nicola Barnes, 09/03/2014 2:20pm (5 years ago)

  • Boss is a great dog. It's fabulous to hear this good news about him. Thankyou.

    Posted by Linda Mort, 19/01/2014 4:26pm (5 years ago)

  • Yay our lovely boy Boss, it took a while for you to find your perfect family but you got there. Good luck to you all and Boss we miss you mate. xx

    Posted by lynda, 04/01/2014 3:41pm (5 years ago)

  • Thank you so much for letting us know how well Boss is going. He was a particular favourite of mine, and I did so wonder where and how he is going. I can now rest easy because it sounds like he found the perfect home.

    I had a laugh about your report of Boss playing fetch. As I know only too well about his habit of running straight into you. One time he bumped my knee cap so hard that I thought something had popped - but then when he realised I was hurt he sad down quietly with me and gave me little nudges.

    Best of wishes for many happy years.

    Posted by Terri Vincent, 03/01/2014 2:51pm (5 years ago)

  • This is a wonderful success story and Boss is so lucky to have found a home with wonderful people and space. Thank you for sharing.

    Posted by Ali, 02/01/2014 4:04pm (5 years ago)

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