Bravo is a 19 month old plott hound who just came into the program today (7-14-17). If you are interested in adopting him after he completes his training, please contact his Rescue, HART for Animals Rescue, Debbie Snyder, email@example.com..
Week 1. Since this is the first journals on Bravo, I'm going to include all the information. Bravo has 4 handlers this week (1 primary and 3 who currently don't have dogs). This week Bravo demonstrated dog socialization with other dogs. He reacted mildly towards some of them, which the handler will work on. He is a high energy dog. His recall is improving but most of the time he ignores his recall. That is another thing that will be part of his overall training. He loves people and loves to jump on them (which is a no-no and will be addressed with his basic obedience cues and commands. He loves to play fetch and catch with the tennis ball. Bravo is housbroken and has learned to go to his crate (may take a couple times before he listens but he eventually goes in). When he is in the housing unit, he's a really laid back dog, but he loves the outside and loves to play with people. The handlers also exercise the dogs before they start the training (a tired dog is a good dog and learns quickly). Right now the cues/commands he knows are sit, down, paw, crate, no, come here, stop and "ah-ah". He seems to really enjoy people. He also has no resource guarding issues. His manners are relatively good but he's so playful he sometimes forgets them. He is only 15 months so basically he's just becoming an adolescent
Week 2. Bravo is an 18 month old puppy looking for a great home. Barvo is a great dog, very energetic which he can control. He is getting better at his good manners and cues/commands. He appears to be a dog that needs a strong attitude that needs to know his human is in charge.. He has no aggression at all. He will bark to other dogs because he wants to get to know them and play. He does try to be the dominate dog, so the handler is working on training him that he cannot jump on another dog.. He knows his cue/commands sit, don, wait, come, no, stop. His handlers is still working on stay which he is beginning to do better but still is a work in progress.
Week 3. Bravo is a highly energetic dog that wants to play all the time. He is housetrained and almost completely crate trained. He is very intelligent and learns fast. Bravo is a dominant dog and will try to dominate everyone all the time. His handler says you have to be real firm and stern when training. Bravo has issues with dogs that are larger than him. He also gets easily distracted with his recall. He has learned his cues/commands sit, down, wait, no, stop and leave it. He can also be easily re-directed when needed. Bravo loves people and is great with dogs smaller than him. His handlers along with others who currently don't have dogs are working on his aggression towards dogs his size or larger.
Week 4. This week's training is a continuation from last week - recall and dog-interaction. Bravo is very dominate with dogs his size or bigger. He plays with the smaller dogs His recall was impressive duriing distraction. He know his basic obedience commands and is both crate trained and house-trained. People interaction is good; he loves attention. Bravo needs someone who he recognizes is the one in control. His handler walks him twice a day for 30 minutes to bring down his energy level. He knows cues/commanda sit, down, wait, easy, go, stop, and no. His handler is working on his stay command.
Week 5. Bravo is continuing to improve, although he still has some issues with the dogs that are his size or larger. But he is becoming more tolerant. Bravo is a dog that appears to react accordingly with your energy level. He also has that hound stubborn streak. He really is a big puppy and loves people. He has tons of energy and he is making good progress. You can't get too rough when playing with him because his energy level will rise and he will try to mouth you (not bite). He needs someone who will show him in no uncertain terms that he, not Bravo, is in charge. He is such a beautiful dog with his brindle coat. He is also easy to redirect from undesirable behavior.. He would probably be best in a home as the only dog.
Week 6. Bravo is showing great improvement. He is a loveable boy and so handsome. His handler is still working on desensitizing his reactivity to dogs his size or larger. He absolutely will need a confident adopter who will make him understand that he is in charge. I hate the term "alpha" because it implies dominance, but Bravo will need someone who can make Bravo understand who is in charge. But what fun boy he is. Still plays a little rough with people (he's a bit puppy and doesn't realize his size and strength). A home with children under 12 would not be considered for him.
Week 7. Bravo continues to improve. He is a great dog with an extremely high energy level, but he tires easily His handler walks him twice a day for 20-30 minutes. He loves human interaction and affection. He works Bravo on recall every day. Inside the housing unit, Bravo is a different dog. He definitely loves being outside. His handler says he does have a stubborn streak so he must be confident when working with Bravo. Bravo loves people but is dog selective. Proper introduction to a new dog is a MUST with Bravo. And, as stated in previous journals, he is defnitely a dominant dog. Bravo is doing great with his cues/commands; sit, down, wait, stay, easy, come, no, stop, and off. Bav is also great on the leash. Sometimes he tries to control the walk, but all that is needed to stop him is to say "easy" and slightly pull the leash. And he is making good progress with his interaction with the other dogs. If he starts acting up, he is easily redirected. Another handler who worked with Bravo this week says he's very impressed with Bravo's training. He was very sharp with all hs cues/commands. He said Bravo appears to enjoy being given cmmands. He has also done better with the new dogs, mainly because the introductions were done properly. There are a couple dogs who have been in the program longer than Bravo that he still displays some reactvity.
Week 8. Bravo is a great dog who loves to give affection. He is house trained and crate trained. He loves to chew on his toys, but nothing else. We believe that Bravo would do best as an only dog and no children. He doesn't get along well with dogs that are bigger than him (he does great with smaller dogs). He is a strong willed dog who likes to be in charge. He is continuing to work on his big dog reactivity. And boy does he loves to play!!!
Week 9. Bravo is continuing to improve. He also appears to get along with the bigger female dogs while playing on leash. Still working on his aggressive behavior with all dogs bigger than him. Bravo has begun to really focus on his handler. When the other handlers go into the yard, his focus remains solely on his handler. Bravo is also doing extremely well. Durng his on leash recall training his handler will drop the leash and Bravo will sit and stay until called, even with distraction from the other dogs.
Week 10. Bravo is doing great. He has calmed down significantly. He is doing excellent with his cues/commands (sit, stay, down, waiting, yes, come, leave it). He loves to play with anything and really enjoys playing fetch. He would do best with an individual or family with no children.
Week 11. Bravo is continuing to do great. He has a new handler and did great with the change. Bravo is a very active dog and loves to play. He is still working on his recall (he prefers to wander around investigating everthing in the yard); he needs an individual/couple who will work with him on a regular basis and make him understand they are in charge. He still has some reactivity to dogs his size or larger. He does well with a smaller female dog. His favorite activity is fetch and he will do anything for his ball/toy. He plays very hard and gets tired out within 10-15 minutes.