How This Owner Helped His Dog Get Over the Fear of ‘Face Planting’

A man holding a husky puppy on the street in the presence of dogs.

For our Dogs on the Street series, we ran into owner Chris Davis to talk about his extremely adorable dog, Puck.

Here is our interview where he discusses face planting, his insatiable curiosity and what he absolutely loves about him.

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Puck and Husky Dogs on the Street

TDL: How did you two meet?

CD: I had heard that there might be a puppy available in Connecticut, so I rented a car and took a three-hour drive to a little town in the northeast part of the state. Puck’s previous owner was a school teacher, so she often took her puppies to school with her to let the kids have some puppy time and to help socialize the puppies. Always having been a rascal, Puck made a habit of squirming out of the 5th graders’ arms and face planting on the floor. Needless to say, it made him a bit wary of people.

Since the teacher always let her puppies choose their people, Puck’s wariness made it hard for him to pick a home. After two weekends of traveling to Connecticut and lying on the floor for hours at a time, we became quite attached to each other. We have been ever since. And he no longer squirms or face plants.

TDL: What surprises you about your dog?

CD: Not that it’s a surprise but his insatiable curiosity. The first time I brought him home, he scaled the side of his crate and ended up on my kitchen counter within five minutes of walking in the door. He climbs under, over or through whatever stands in the way of him and what he wants to know.

Two days ago whole on vacation, we walked by a house that has a few goats and chickens behind a wall that’s almost chest high on me. Puck doesn’t come up to my knee. He took one leap, got one paw on top of the wall and pulled himself up so he could get a better view of the strange creatures. If he wants to know, he’ll find a way to find out.

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TDL: What do you love most about your dog?

CD: No one thing. He talks, which is pretty great. He has different howls for different things — one to say hi, one for when he’s hungry and different ones to play and go outside. The look on his face when he’s off leash and comes sprinting back after finding something interesting is also pretty great. But I think how smart he is is my favorite thing. Or how he wakes up every morning at 3 am because he’s cold and wants to come under the covers. That’s pretty great, too.

TDL: What would you tell him if he understood you?

CD: I already tell him everything! He’s my partner in crime, my confidant and my mischievous little sidekick. He must understand me, because he lives up to all of those things, everyday.

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Photos taken by Monique Toro.

By Andrea Huspeni

Andrea Huspeni is the founder and CEO of This Dog's Life. Her mission it to help dogs live a happier, healthier and longer life. When she isn't working, she spends time with her two dogs, Lola and Milo. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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