Bullet is a Lab/Hound mix, approximately 18 months-2 years old. He arrived on December 6, 2017. If you would be interested in adopting Bullet after he completes his training, please contact Linda Domer at email@example.com
Week 1. This is Bullet's first week in the program. He is a little timid of people. He laid down at first when his handler tried to pet him or when he said off. Not so much now. He knows sit and down and his leash walking is good. He is also showing his handler that he want him around when he eats. Right now when he see's his handler he barks; however, if he is crated he will not bark. Bullet seems to be a fast learner. He reacts to dogs that react to hom. As for people, we think he is afraid and gets nervous if they approach him and he doesn't know them. He needs to be the one to initiate the meeting, at least this first week. For his first week, he is doing as well as can be expected.
Week 2. Bullet is coming along great. He is starting to trust his handler and his recall is getting much better. He's still a little unsure of Honey and Bravo but he now can walk by their door and doesn't react like he did when he first came in. Bullet has also stopped barking at the door when his handler leaves the cell. And his jumping has almost completely stopped. He has a minor reaction to people he doesn't know but with his handler nearby and giving him the proper correction and/or reinforcement, that reactivity seems to have all but disappeared. Bullet needs to know he can trust people and that no one will hurt him. He's a quick learner so we fully expect he will become a social butterfly in no time.
Week 3. Bullet is doing great. He's very treat motivated which makes his traiining easier. Bullet's manners are very good and he is not reactive to people so long as they don't approach in a threatening manner.. As with all dogs that are meeting new people, you should let the dog come to you. He gets along with all the dogs except Bravo and Honey, who approach him and other dogs very fast. They really just want to play, but their approaches can sometimes appear threatening to other dogs. Both Bravo and Honey are really good dogs who haven't quite mastered good manners with other dogs. Bullet would do great in a home with1 or 2 adults and children over 12 (due to his size) and probably with another dog.
Week 4. Bullet continues to do well. His recall is good but still needs improvement. As for everything else, his handlers is reinforcing everything he already know. He still has some dog reactivity with a couple of the other dogs, but that is also being worked on. He's relaxing more with people and no longer jumps up on people like he did when he first came into the program.
Week 5. Bullet is doing great! He has really improved on his recall. His dog reactivity with the other 2 dogs has really improved. Bullet is making great progress!!
Week 6. No journal this week.