Mr. Attitude Brut at 8weeks old
At four weeks old a puppy learns from their mother and siblings how to be a dog. Brut never had that chance as he was taken away from his mother and siblings at that time. His mother couldn't teach about proper corrections nor did he learn how to socialize with other dogs apart from his litter mates. Instead he was taught how to be territorial, possessive, and defensive from dominant adult dogs he was placed with.
When Brut and Silver had their litter of 10 puppies we were concerned how Brut would interact with the puppies. When Silver allowed him in the whelping box, the pups were about 3 weeks old. He had no problem helping with cleaning and caring for them. He was a great dad. When Brut would walk to the whelping box, the puppies would all run and greet him. Brut's eyes would widen in amazement at all these little dogs running to greet him. He seemed to be stunned by this act of love, he would look to us as if he couldn't believe all this love was for him.
It was in the following months when just Zappa and Fiona were left, the intense work began as Brut gave up his daddy title and took that of the alpha dog. In the months that followed Zappa and Fiona taught Brut how to be a socialized dog. Through powerful challenges and playtime they somehow passed on what they had learned from their litter mates to their father and taught Brut what I could not. Zappa and Fiona helped to smooth out the rough edges and began to heal what Brut had been taught as a small puppy.
The process took time and is still on going, but there is a strong bond of trust between the three of them. Between my corrections and what Brut has learned about socializing within his pack, I am utterly amazed at how far he has come. There is a calmness within Brut now. A stability and security that I don't think I or any human could have given him. It was the miracle of the birth of his ten puppies that gave him a gift he never had, the chance to be a dog.
Fiona, Zappa and Brut today.