When you first come into our dog yard, the dog that won’t stop barking is shark. Her excitement never stops. She wants you to know hey! I’m right here! Come see me!
Inevitably, whenever you do go see Shark, however, she is coy.
Oh me? I was just kidding! Her shyness never lasts long but she is often timid when approaching strangers.
Shark has been one of my socialization “projects” this summer. We like all of our dogs to be happy and comfortable around strangers. Having dogs comfortable around strangers helps them relax better when being examined by vets out on the race trail. It also reduces anxiety when coming into a busy checkpoint full of race fans.
Shark, however, still gets jittery around people she doesn’t know. It’s a nervous excitement and one that’s fun to work with because she is so eager to please. I know this nervousness won’t last much longer.
Ok, I guess I’ll let you pet me. As she finally saddles up along side you. She has a long back and is absolutely gorgeous. Her build is sensational — long, lean, and born to run.
Shark ran and finished in her first 200 mile race over the winter. We’re happy to see her so successful. As a bigger female in our kennel we are anxious to see what great adventures she has in store for us!