Help Save Bruno the Boxer

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Raised by 16 people in 8 months
Meet Bruno, he is a 1.5 year old Boxer.  Bruno was surrendered to a local animal shelter back in October of 2017 at just a year old. Bruno has lots of great qualities, and shows all the amusing and loving characteristics that a pure bred boxer can give you. Although his previous owner taught Bruno some of basic obedience commands like sit and shake, the owner didn’t do right by Bruno because he needs help in rehabilitating to deal with high anxiety he experiences in new surroundings and meeting new people.  

Bruno is excellent with other dogs of all sizes and loves to play ball and tug. His favorite sport is having fellow dogs chase him with a robust game of “keep away”.  Bruno is vey respectful of cats, and is house broken, crate trained and has leash skills.  Bruno is your all around athlete that makes him an active guy that loves to go for hikes and long walks. 

Bruno does show signs of PTSD that we know Behavior Modification with a Professional Dog Behaviorist will help him to overcome.   We are not sure what happened to Bruno before he came to the shelter, but he gets extremely anxious around children and some strangers.  Bruno’s PTSD makes him feel threatened and he becomes aggressive so that the person or situation causing him anxiety will back away. Bruno also does not like to be hugged or restrained, as he feels trapped and panics.  Once he knows you are a safe loving companion, he lets his guard down, and will put his head on your chest, just begging for affection.

Environments that have a high level of activity, like downtown with lots of traffic and people, also trigger Bruno's PTSD. In Bruno’s safe home environment, he lets his guard down and relaxes with his beings. It is because of that, we know Bruno can rehab from his trauma. He just needs the professional help that can bring him there.

Bruno is currently in a foster home so that we can minimize his anxiety. He is doing well in his foster home, but he needs intense behavior modification to help him to learn to cope and feel safe in all environments, that way he can move on to finding his forever home. At the end of Bruno's training he will be seeking a very special home that will be willing to continue Bruno’s recovery and is in it for Bruno.

In order to get Bruno the life saving training, Bruno is asking the animal loving public to please help raise the money for his training. All funds will go directly to the Animal Behaviorist who has skills in bringing Bruno out of his trauma when it triggers, and show him coping skills that will help him to have a happy and loving life.
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Bruno continues to improve with his rehabilitation thanks to dog behaviorist Leah Will with the Balanced Dog. We still have not raised the funds we need to pay Leah, but she feels so confident in his rehabilitation, she didn't want to wait for donors to see the jewel that Bruno is.

This video shows Bruno working with 4 year old Harold taking treats through a barrier.

This is a HUGE step for Bruno, since kids were his terrorizers in his previous home.
Bruno takes HUGE strides accepting a kid
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Bruno's visit to Richland Township Park. His ride to the park, had him hugging his behaviorist in the car as they drove!
What a lover.....
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Bruno is Improving!

So the behaviorist has attached two links to videos of Bruno.

One link shows Bruno's first time at this park, so she lets him smell and take in lots of sights and sounds. Then they walked up the hill and through the parking lot where their were kids playing on the play ground behind us. Remember, this is Bruno's challenge, children....

You can see in the video Bruno is anxious, but functioning and not targeting. This is a huge step for him.

At this point in his training, he is working not so much to accept children, but for him to accept various environments as if they are nothing. This way his anxiety will come done and then they can work on more intense exercises.

Right now, Bruno gets so aroused right away and can't process all the information that we need him too. So his first steps in rehabilitation is trying to take him to various new environments and work on relaxing as well as basic commands and leash walking while in those new environments.

As you can see, he is doing better and better everyday.

Please help us continue Bruno's rehabilitation by donating to our GoFundMe campaign.
Bruno experiencing a new environment.
Bruno is exposed to sound of children
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Bruno enjoying a game of chase with his fellow foster dogs in his home. Bruno LOVES a playmate.
Watch Bruno GO GO GO!
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