As we've reported, our man Zack was dog-grumpy when he first came to the barn. He stiffened and snarfed and pulled out his best prize fighter imitation, but it was oh-so-lame. This boy was just socially very awkward and has been out of the dating scene for way too long. Nita did the lion's share of the work getting him used to dogs, and finally it was time to give him a little dog party and invite two steady eddies - Robin and Winnie.
As you can see, they had themselves a good old time and Zack gained some new skills. Oh - you'll see him wearing a blow up bite collar in the video. We left it on on purpose. Even though it was originally meant to stop him from licking his cracked foot pads, it served brilliantly as a "Back Off!" buffer to dogs who might otherwise gnaw at his neck during play. Since Zack's issues with dogs source from fear and inexperience, it was a huge help to his ego that the normally grabby crew was forced to keep just a little bit of a distance during his play. In future play sessions, we'll take it off ... We don't want our big boy getting all power trippy from it.
Don't tell the bite collar people, but we may just have to market their product as a help for select dog/dog intros. Enjoy.