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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Social Networking

Socializing Marou has been a large part of our lives since he arrived in february. We have done our best to expose him to as many people and animals in as many situations as possible to help him establish a friendly demeanor. The trick has been not to just openly expose him to everything, but to expose him and reward him for good behavior while disciplining for unwanted behavior.
As a result, he has become a not-quite-model citizen, but he is quite well behaved. We are still trying to break him from jumping on people, but we have socialized him to the point that he doesn't bite or bark unless his prey drive is triggered. He does like to "talk" to new people, though, and they love it.
He has the usual "look-at-me-i'm-cute!" Shiba attitude, and since he's unique in this area, people absolutely adore it. 

Patiently Waiting to Go Outside

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