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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Week 7. Bullet has done extremely well in the program. His recall is good and he no longer jumps on people. The only thing his handler is working on is reinforcing what he already knows. He has no reactivity to people and has no issues with the other dogs. He would do well with another dog (preferably not a dominent dog), and proper introduction and monitored interaction would be paramount until he and the other dog got comfortable with one another.
Week 8. Bullet continues to do extremely well and is pretty much adoption ready. He has great manners, gets along with people and the other dogs (except for Blu). He would be best suited for an active individual, couple or family with kids 10 or older (because of his size). He has excelled in every aspect of the program. Bullet deserves a loving, furever home.
Week 9. Bullet is pretty much ready for his furever home. He has mastered everything in the program that was expected of him. He is a wonderful, loving dog. He could go to a home with another dog PROVIDING THERE IS PROPER INTRODUCTION and follow-through after adoption. We love our Bullet and want nothing more than a loving home for him. He would need a home with a fenced yard.
Week 10. Bullet is ready to be paroled. His handler is just reinforcing everything he has learned. Bullets manners are great. He would do great in a home with a single person, a couple, or a family with kids over 12 due to his size. He would also do well in a home with another dog PROVIDING PROPER INTRODUCTION and FOLLOW-THROUGH, as is the case when introducing any new dog into a home with a resident dog. We love our Bullet!
Week 11. Bullet's training continues to consist of continuously reinforcing what he has already learned. Because he is so very treat motivated, it has been fairly easy for his handler to train and continue reinforcing his good behavior. His manners are terrific (today (2-16-18) I did "leave it" with him, and even though he only sees me once a week, he was perfection). Bullet really is a wonderful dog. He is an active dog and would love an active person, couple or family (kids 12 or older due to his size). He would definitely need a home with a yard or lots of land to exercise.
Week 12. Bullet is ready to go to his furever home. He's a wonderful, loving dog who does well with people and other dogs, providing the other dog does not show aggression towards him. He is very treat motivated which has been great for his training. He is a happy, loving and active dog who needs lots of exercise. Bullet wants nothing more than someone to call his own and who will love him and provide him an active, loving, furever home.
Week 13. Bullet is still waiting for his furever home. He has learned everything he needs to know and is just waiting for his family. Bullet has no issues. He will make someone a wonderful companion.
Week 14. Bullet continues to wait for his furever home. I am baffled that he hasn't been snatched up by now. He's a perfect gentleman and would be the perfect companion for an active individual/couple/family (kids 12 and over becaue of his size). I KNOW THERE IS A PERFECT HOME JUST WAITING FOR HIM.
Week 15. HELLO! Bullet is ready for his furever home! I know it is out there. He is so ready to leave the program and deserves his very own home. Where are you????