Hi Everyone! Today is International Friendship Day so what a perfect time to tell you all about one of my best friends, Pongo.
Pongo came into our lives in 2013 right after Aaron and I got married. We got him from a friend whose dogs had puppies, and while he didn't have a sad background story like a lot of other pups do, once I looked into those big brown puppy eyes I knew I had to have him. So we drove back to our little apartment in Orlando Florida while he slept in my arms, and just like that I was in love.
Potty training was pretty easy, he caught on pretty quickly, but getting him not to bite us was HARD. My arms were all scratched up and bruised from him and nothing seemed to help. We tried extra walks, chew toys, bitter apple spray, at the advice of our trainer we tried spraying him with water or holding his mouth shut ( back then I was completely clueless and desperate, I should have found another trainer). It seemed like he hated us and I wanted to give up a million times, I had thoughts of giving him to someone else and that killed me. I made a promise to this little boy to love, teach, and protect him always, so I was determined to not give up.
The years past by and we figured he would grow out of this stage eventually, I started using POSITIVE training techniques and you know what? He has blossomed into this sweet, funny, sensitive dog that I have always wanted. I look back on our past together with some sadness, because I feel like I didn't get to enjoy his puppy years as I would have wanted, but I have him still and boy do we have fun together. He is such a cuddle bug, he has a weirdo sock obsession that keeps us laughing, when I am upset he comforts me, he is my perfectly imperfect best friend, and I wouldn't change a thing about him now.
Happy International Friendship Day!
Ashley and Pongo
I want to share my training experiences with you all, so I am offering my training guide to my subscribers as a thank you for following Our Life!
*Disclaimer- I am not a professional dog trainer, I am offering my experience which is not meant to be a replacement for professional dog training classes only a basic guide. For extreme cases other than basic training, consult your veterinarian or local professional dog trainer. This is in no way medical advice.