We have also been working on calming exercises. We go to the beach each morning. At first he would just sit in the water. I do not think he had ever been at the beach before. I threw a stick out into the lake and he would go only until his feet lost touch with the bottom. I threw it again and he swam out to it - what a proud boy he was. Now he runs into the water has a swim and then comes on shore to play with us and Shannon. What a wonderful way to start the day.
Since we have a shaded back yard and central air in the house there have been no issues with heat. He is a loving and charming in boy. Someone in his past life loved him very much. He has stolen our hearts.