This is one of our two dogs, Nala (aka Missy Coyote), who we adopted just about a month ago from a local shelter. She came from the rural part of our state and had very little human contact for the first few weeks of her life. As a result, it has been a challenge to connect with her and train her. Both my mom and myself wanted to document our experiences with her, in part because we’re really proud of the progress she’s made, but also because we think the techniques we used might come in handy for other people who are trying to tame feral dogs.
We are by no means experts, and no dog is really exactly the same (no matter what Caesar Milan might say), but we did want to take the time to document.
Both of us will be posting to the blog. When we first got Loki, our other dog, we came up with a system of identification that made a lot of sense at the time. Both of us referring to ourselves as “mom” around the dogs would have gotten confusing quickly, and would have doubtlessly garnered the strangest of strange looks. Therefore, around the dogs, we identify ourselves as Blue Leader (mom) and Red Leader (myself).
- Red Leader