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.
Week 12. Bravo is doing great. He is a high energy dog that will need someone who is willing to work with him continually. He does, however, gets tired very quickly. Bravo should be the only dog in the house UNLESS the other dog is a female (preferrable a little smaller than him). He loves the female dogs in the program. He has mastered all his cues/commands. His favorite thing to do is play fetch and give you his paw.. He has been showing a little resource guarding and protection of his handler, but the handler immediately addressed and is working to stop the behavior. His handler says "Bravo is a great dog. Give him time to build a bond with him. Show him love and affection and you will see the great dog he is. And don't let him dominate you. He is smart enough to attempt to be the one who makes the rules. He must know right from the start that you are in charge". That behavior is a learned behavior when a dog sees that no one is in charge so he/she takes on the responsbility, even though he/she really doesn't want it.
Week 13. Bravo's handler has been working on Bravo's recall, which he really excels now. While Bravo is still a young dog (22 months now), and will play when he wants to. The majority of the time he is laid back, loveable, and always wants to be near you showing a lot of affection. Inside he listens very well, but still wants to be the dominate dog outside. Bravo would do well in a family with children 16 or older.. His handler says "all activity should be done with a leash for at least 90 days. It will allow him to build trust, bonding and love. He truly is a wonderful dog.
Week 14. Nothing new to report. Bravo continues to excel. His recall is best when you have his favorite toy or ball. That's a good sign that he will eventually respond to recall without these things as he continues his training.
Week 15. Bravo continues to excel every day he's in the program. He is a wonderful, loving dog , but would have to be an only dog unless the other dog is a female. He does great playing with all the females. With the other male dogs, he still hasn't learned to control his assertiveness, except for possibly a smaller male (which we can't say since there are none in the program). Would be best if there was another dog in the house it is a female. He is such a beautiful boy. We still have no idea where is dominant nature of other male dogs came from, and even in spite of it, his handler continues to work hard on hopefully reversing that behavior. Other than that, Bravo is a wonderful, handsome, smart and loving dog.
Week 16. Nothing new to report with Bravo. He continues to excel in all areas of training, behavior modification, good manners. He much prefers to be in his crate with the door open. He will go right in and stay, but lately is not too happy about having the door closed. His handler spoke to our trainer and is working with him on this new issue, which I have no doubt will be easily resolved. He will stay in his crate without any problems with the door open. Otherwise, Bravo continues to progress in all facets of his training.
Week 17. Bravo has been here since July and really should be leaving the program soon before he becomes "institutionalized" and thinks the prison as his forever home. He is a wonderful dog who is dominant by nature, but at the same time loving and sweet and energetic. He needs a home where he doesn't feel he has to be in charge. He loves to play, is crate and house trained, knows his cues/commands sit, stay, down, wait, go, no, stop, leave it, here and easy.. Bravo does very well with female dogs but should not be in a home with another male dog. And Bravo is very keen at feeding off his handler's energy (i.e., excited, tired, etc.). He is an extremely intelligent dog. An active home with adults or with children 15 or older would be best due to his energy level. Bravo is looking for his chance to be someone's lifetime companion, and a great companion he would be.
Week 18. Bravo continues to show improvement every week. He has made several friends in the program that he loves to run and play with (females and dogs smaller than him). He would probably not do well with a male dog his size or larger, as he does try to be dominate when outside. But he is as smart as a whip and know all his cue/commands inside and out. He is a beautiful and sweet boy that would love to have his only family. Children should be 16 years or older.
Week 19. Bravo is doing great. His handler now has his domination issue under contro and not only that, he has gotten him to come on recall. That's a huge step for Bravo. He also is no longer jumping on people. And he is respecting his handlers boundaries that are being set for him. Bravo does continue to act rowdy when he is in the crate and you close the door. However, he will go in the crate and may try to come back out, so you have to be firm with him and say stay. He will stay when he sees you are serious. He will then go to sleep or just lay down and you don't even have to close the door. Bravo has had a MAJOR turnaround. He is a fun-loving dog who loves to play. He really is ready for the right furever home.
Week 20. Bravo's handler says he now has Bravo's domination completely under control. Also Bravo is great about letting him know when he has to go outside; he barks, whines and sniffs around the door and put his paws on the window ledge. And of course Bravo is crate trained. Bravo is a loveable, affection dog that just needs someone to be firm with him. He really is a wonderful, sweet dog so deserving of a lovin home.