Matey, the Problem Child


I will now reveal the true form of self-proclaimed “adorable puppy” Matey.
It is my role to let people know the truth.
You mustn't lie, Matey.


The day he was taken in, he bit the staff member who tried to take care of him.
If he doesn't like something, he makes a big racket. He takes no half measures, he exaggerates to the max, screaming bloody murder. He also didn't know how to get along with other dogs. This 3 or 4-month old puppy was so dominant and aggressive, he earned the disgraceful reputation of “the puppy who will never, ever be obedient.”

If we left him like this, rehoming him would be the most impossible of dreams.
We had to do something pronto...so, we sent him to “the tiger's den,” KK's house.


He is always excited and can't stay still. He was always looking for trouble to get into or following people around trying to make mischief. But in the first week since he came to my house, he has changed a lot. He has started to make friends and play with other dogs, and he’s no longer aggressive toward humans.

Regarding his aggression towards people, he was just unaccustomed to being touched. With frequent touching of a dog's weak points—stomach, paws, ears, tail, muzzle—he became used to it. Now he can relax and do as he is told. I'm glad we caught him in time, as the idea of his becoming an adult dog the way he was before is frightening.


Matey's shouts echo across ARK. The job of teaching him canine social rules was given to my resident Head of Puppy Training, Koruri. Thanks to Koruri, he learned to play well with other dogs. Despite the difference in weight between 33 kg Koruri and 7 kg Matey, Koruri skillfully taught him how to play without getting hurt.


They are playing too hard for the camera to focus, but they are actually holding back in their game. When Matey goes too far, Koruri gives him instructive guidance. Matey has gradually learned to hold back.


Matey easily learned “sit,” “lie down,” and “wait,” and I taught him to sit and wait even by a busy road. He is really smart, so smart that he looks at someone and changes his attitude in an instant. (That's no good.)

Today I took Matey to work because on weekends, more potential adopters visit than on weekdays. I have a day off tomorrow, so I left Matey at ARK.


When I left, I was worried about whether he was properly asleep in his doghouse or waiting for me outside, so I went to peek into his run. He was there, standing there by the fence in the dark.

Ahh, I shouldn't have looked.
Matey thought I had come to get him and happily barked, “Let me out, let me out!” But if he was at my house when potential adopters came, he would miss his chance, so I left him there. It's for his own good, but what is this? This guilt... I should have gone home without looking in on him. It just made it harder on him.
May there be good news for him tomorrow!!

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