Dog Tales Rescue handler Carley has been working with Moby for months to try to coax him out of his kennel. His previous experiences before coming to the sanctuary left him terrified of humans, unable to even tolerate putting on a collar or leash. But with the help of top dog behaviourist Aimee Sadler, Carley was recently able to get Moby on a lead, so they’re hopeful that he can soon progress to a collar and, then, a walk outside.
“In the name of not wanting to stress them out too much, sometimes, we protect them from actually being able to progress,” Aimee explains. She doesn’t want to make Mo more uncomfortable but she also doesn’t want to lose momentum or become complacent: “There’s a time when being left in that state of fear itself is not healthy. Then, we just have to get to it.”
And get to it they do. First stop: collar and leash; next stop: the outdoors. Moby puts up a bit of resistance initially—literally dragging his feet—but eventually, the pup is outside and taking his first steps around the yard, a major milestone. “All progression is going to go like warp speed now,” Aimee says. Indeed, Moby seems happy, but his trainers are ecstatic.
“I’m just so happy. I’ve been wanting to see him outside for months now,” says Carley. But the work doesn’t end there: “Now that he’s accepting all of this, we’re going to work on him becoming more comfortable with multiple handlers and getting his routine to be as normal as possible,” Carley explains.
You can follow Moby’s progress on Dog Tales Rescue, Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET on Gusto.