Ozzie’s Educational Sleepover

He’s a fluffy white dog named Ozzie, who everyone would agree is cute. His cheerful and friendly disposition and appearance are typical of a Japanese dog. This is a picture of the 5-month-old puppy prince.

Ozzie is immensely strong-minded. He’s not very good at being around other dogs and is domineering toward humans too. At this stage, he doesn’t seriously bite, but when he doesn’t like something, he’ll yelp and press his teeth against you. If you’re deceived by his cute appearance and spoil him, he’ll turn into a problem dog and become too much to handle.

His various nicknames are “Bratty Ozzie,” “Tomboy Ozzie,” ”Pretentious Ozzie,” etc. How undignified!

It’s possible for people to teach dogs the rules of how to deal with people, but it’s very difficult to teach dogs about dog rules. That’s where our rehab team comes in! We set up a 4-night, 5-day short-term, educational sleepover at KK’s home.

The night we took him, he was surrounded by four of our large dogs and, as expected, he was freaked out, snarling inside his crate and refusing to come out. After maybe 30 minutes, he eased out of his crate and although still cautious and kept under a close watch, he began checking out the room. He slowly acclimatized and started to open up. He's not good with his greetings or being friendly to other dogs when he’s at ARK, but now we see that he can be a good boy if he tries!

When my husband returned home from work, Ozzie suddenly jumped up and barked a lot as if saying, “Hey! Who are you?!” (The master of this house). “You’re the lowly one. You need to greet ME!” I asked my husband to ignore Ozzie and take a bath before starting over. Afterwards, Ozzie quickly adjusted to my husband and was extremely affectionate. What an unpredictable dog.

By the next morning, it was as if he owned our place. He unleashed his domineering side to Kamome. He put his front leg on Kamome’s back, mounted him and bit Kamome’s front and back legs as he was trying to run away. Kamome weighs five times more than 10-kilo Ozzie, but is a bit of a wimp, which made it easy for Ozzie to take advantage. Ozzie was in dire need of attention, so he pulled the blanket off of my sleeping child and desperately tried moving the body with his front paw, but was unsuccessful. He’s selective about whom he chooses to play around with. As proof of that, he did not go anywhere near Koruri, the School Board Dog President.

Ozzie is powerful and has great endurance. While protecting his toys and food, he received strict educational supervision and scolding from my children if he went too far or didn’t act appropriately. When no one paid him any attention, he played alone, attacking his toys. Then suddenly his energy switch would turn off and he would fall asleep. What a selfish and insulting guy.

While in his cage, he’s rather quiet and he’s happy to stay home, locked up by himself. Even in the car, he was calm in his crate.

With screaming children playing around him, he wasn’t afraid or in attack mode - he just ignored them. His trademark white, fluffy coat and congeniality made him popular amongst the other mothers.

After all was said and done, Ozzie's 4-night, 5-day educational sleepover was finished. Hopefully he learned a little something and will be able to get along better with other dogs now…
After Ozzie left our home, our dogs seemed much calmer than usual.

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