This is Hurley's Puppy Man Cave, also known as the space underneath my counter.
It makes him very happy. I mean, really, what dog wouldn't be thrilled to have their very own puppy man cave?
My hope is that having his very own cozy puppy man cave will help Hurley progress on his journey towards accepting other dogs in the shop. Actually, he would totally accept them all, if they would all accept him charging at them like a wild beast & barking as soon as they entered the store. If they're cool with that rude greeting, he calms down and then wants to play. If they're not, well, you can imagine.
So our focus has been creating his safe & cozy place & training him to remain in that safe & cozy place whenever a dog comes in. To ensure that he stays, he's tethered and I have a barrier at the edge of the counter so that he can't see the other dog. He's been doing great with this arrangement & I can see how content he is hanging out by my side. He's even beginning to show that he understands that staying under the counter is his job when a dog comes in. One step closer to a bark-and-charge-free zone!