It took us a while, but we handlers in the Progressive Pit Program are quite proud of our boy Zeus.
He came to the shelter, a wild child, overly reactive to the other dogs in the program, untrained and unfocused. He didn't share his affection easily, perhaps making us earn his affection as we worked with him all these months. He has learned how to learn, can focus quite well on his handlers, and ignores the other dogs in our program who are just a 3 foot fence away! He now finds his people more interesting and a good belly rub more fun than barking at another dog!
He will still need to be an only child, but he has been taught to focus on his handlers and can be in the vicinity of other dogs and mind his own business. He is easy to walk on the nature trail with minimal pulling. If he stares a bit too long at another dog, we can quickly get his focus back on us. As we have learned, not all dogs need another dog in their life, and the purpose of TPP program was to give those dogs other options to make their lives and the lives of their new owners easier.
He has become a fast favorite of ours in TPP and now shares his affection with all of us. We feel privileged to be a part of his transformation! If you are looking for a smart AND affectionate 'only child' why not consider Zeus?