Buddy is a 2 yr old Hound Mix. Buddy came into the program on 26 April 2017. His main issue is he has had no training. He was adopted then returned 3 days later. Apparently he was left home for 8 hours just 3 days after he was adopted. He managed to get out of his crate and somehow got himself locked in the adopter closest and managed to destroy most of the clothes. He does have separation anxiety but gets along very well with other dogs. After his training is completed and you might interested in Buddy contact Home Trails Rescue at JennL@homewardtrails.org
Week 1. No journals as I did not get to the prison.
Week 2.. Buddy worked with 3 handlers this week.. His main issue is separation anxiety. He is already starting to make progress. His primary handler says when he leaves the cell Buddy will whine but when he does whine and his handlers catches him in the moment I check him and he knows to stop and proceeds to lay down and rest or sleep. Buddy gets a little dejected when his handler leaves again but the whining has stopped which means he's learning. The handlers are also working on loose leash walking which is a lot of work because he's a hound and gets excited with smelling everything and follows his nose to wherever it takes him. When he starts to pull, the handler tells him "easy" and stops walking. It sometimes takes 4-5 times before he finally gets the idea. Buddy has zero issues with respect to behavior modification (i.e. people reactive, dog reactive, resource guarding). He is making fairly good progress with respective to good manners,given the fact he's only been in the program a week. And Buddy loves the obstacle course. He can play with other dogs or amuse himself by playing alone with a ball or a rope until he tires himself out. All in all, a very good first week. He appears to have adapted well to his new surroundings. He doesn't appear to be bothered by the noise, the people and all the commotion in the housing unit.
Week 3. No journals as I did not get to the prison.
Week 4. Buddy's handler is working on come, crate and easy when leash walking. Buddy is a sweet and loving dog who seems to prefer people, although he will run and play with the other dogs. He is very treat motivated but his handler says he can be very stubborn when he wants to be, even when a treat is involved. That's a hound for you :-) Buddy and his handler are gaining a better understand with each other when it comes to his separation anxiety. It has subsided a little but still needs work. When he is off leash, he will go and do whatever his heart desires and will completely tune out his handler's commands. That will come in time. And he FINALLY barked for the first time, from anticipation of playing with the other dogs off leash. So far that's his one and only vocalization :-)
Week 5. Buddy still has soe separation anxiety, and will chew and meddle if left along for EXTENDED PERIODS of time and not crates. Not sure if it's boredom or axiety that causes the behavior. He has begun to come out of his shell a little since first arriving. He is very friendly with theother dogs and absolutely LOVES human interaction. He's becoming more comfortable with his surroundings and is extremely playful. Other than his separation anxiety (which is showing improvement) Buddy is not reactive towards any people or dogs. He shows no signs of being a resource guarder and is just a very easy going dog. He does still exhibit a bit of stubborn behavior if he doesn't feel like doing what is being asked of him, but that also is improving.
Week 6. The entire week was devoted to working on Buddy's separation anxiety. His hander is pleased to note that it has been improving steadily. Buddy can be stubborn at times, and that's when his handler say you have to put some authority in your commands to get him to comply. But that's a hound for you!!
Week 7. This week Buddy's handler worked on the wait command which is improving considering his stubborn and excitablity levels. He focused on the difference between stay and wait. Buddy is showing improvement every week.