DogDaz Zoo: Loving Fearful Dogs – Socializing Waylon (Part 1)

12 Jul
DogDaz Zoo: Loving Fearful Dogs – Socializing Waylon (Part 1)

DogDaz friend, Jeanne Bellis, is doing outstanding work taking hard to place dogs and helping them socialize and reintegrate to new homes. Here is Part 1 of the Socializing Waylon series. Waylon, a catahoula-cattledog mix, was in a bind. His owner, a US Marine, was being deployed overseas and Waylon, a dog aggressive, fearful mess, had only one hope – Bellis Boot Camp. Follow Jeanne as she socializes Waylon with her pack. It’s amazing what patience, smarts, good training and love can do.


Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on July 12, 2017 in Animals


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7 responses to “DogDaz Zoo: Loving Fearful Dogs – Socializing Waylon (Part 1)

  1. easyweimaraner

    July 12, 2017 at 01:24

    I’m glad that there is a way to work with such dogs and to make things better instead to give them up… a big hug to Jeanne …and to Waylon!

    • dogdaz

      July 12, 2017 at 06:30

      Dog heros, fursure

    • Jeanne Bellis

      July 12, 2017 at 12:07

      Waylon is our ‘Dog-on-Deployment’ which means we will work with Waylon while his owner is on deployment in Kuwait, then return him to his loving owner after her tour of duty is done. So, WHAT AN HONOR it is for me to be able to give back to someone who has chosen to keep our country safe. WIN/WIN. Waylon was set to be euthanized at a shelter when he was rescued as a puppy. His owner then made a natural mistake that so many adopters fall into, I call it ‘shelter sympathy.’ Adopters often feel so sorry about a dog’s past experience that they are very lax establishing or enforcing any sort of rules or even basic manners, especially when in the beginning new puppy antics are just so cute. Waylon quickly went from cute to full-on catahoula-cattle dog whose breed demands plenty of exercise, a serious job and clear, strong direction. Without that, Waylon becomes the embodiment of the ‘Tasmanian Devil’ cartoon! By now, Waylon’s explosive energy makes even a simple walk chaotic. The irony here is that if Waylon’s owner would have seen him as a ‘Marine in training’ instead of a pitiful puppy sentenced to death, Waylon wouldn’t have been in such dire straights and could have gone to a family member, which was the original plan. With that said, Waylon IS a handful-of-a-dog even for an experienced handler, he’s a-lotta-dog then especially for a young, busy first-time dog owner who was just trying to save a little pups life! Don’t be afraid to ask for help, no one is expected to know everything about how to raise a dog or a child without a little help now and then from ‘the village!’

      • easyweimaraner

        July 12, 2017 at 12:13

        It is great that there is always a way… and I’m grateful for every dog who finds such a way… with a little help…. Thanks to you and to Waylons owner for rescuing a life…

        • dogdaz

          July 12, 2017 at 12:36

          There is magic everywhere if you just find the right combination of owner and pup.

      • dogdaz

        July 12, 2017 at 12:35

        Fantastic work, Jeanne. Waylon is a lucky pup as are all the others you save and service. Thanks for your hard work.

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