Daisy is a 2 yr old hound/lab mix. She will be entering the program 17 March 2017. If you are interested in adopting Daisy, please contact Linda Domer at email@example.com.
Week 1. Daisy has begun her training. She currently has 3 different handlers working with her. She seems to have settled into the prison enviornment with no problems. She loves people, but is very dog reactive. She "locks on" to any dog she sees and becomes overly focused on the other dog. She will bark at all the dogs, regardless of whether they bark back.. It is very challenging to her handler to get her to refocus or redirect once she's in the dog aggressive mode. She does not redirect on her handler, which is a very good sign. She already knows a number of cues/commands (sit, off, down, wait, stay, come, no, stop). She is working on leash walking (she really has no idea and we're not sure if she's ever been on a leash). She loves to play with toys and people. Daisy is develop a minor UTI for which she went to the vet and was given a prescription. No further issues noted and the prescription seems to have cleared up the infection.
Week 2. Daisy is a great, loveable dog, full of energy. She loves to play and yet is very quiet and laid back at the same time. She's great with people, but still has dog reactivity issues. She shows no signs of resource guarding. She already knows her cues/commands sit, down, wait, stay, and she will follow you wherever you go. She loves to play fetch and chase her handler around the yard when he initiates the play time. Right now her only problem is her dog reactivity (which seems to be the issue for so many of our dogs in the program). I suspect many of these dogs that were strays had to become dog aggressive in order to survive.
Week 3. Daisy is doing great on the leash with her hander. She also has a new friend (Noah). They absolutely love each other and want to spend all their time together. It would be a great fit if Noah and Daisy were adopted together. She does still have a bit of dog reactivity, but only with a couple of the other dogs. She has no resource guarding issues and no people reactivity. And she's doing great with her good manners.
Week 4. Daisy is showing many signs of improvement. She is absolutely erfect when it comes to dealing with people. She still needs a little improvement when it comes to her dog reactivity, although she and Noah and best buddies (the guys said they are girlfriend and boyfriend). This is a big deal for her to get along so well with Noah as it shows she can do well with other dogs when properly introducted. She has no people reactivity at all. Loves to play and hasn't shown any signs of resource guarding. Daisy is allergic to anything with grain, so her food, treats and anything else she easts must be grain-free. She already knows her cues/commands sit, down, wait and stay. She will sit and stay for 15-20 seconds now. She needs work on her leash walking, but her handler says when she starts to pull he says "stop pulling" and simultaneously stops. Those two actions will make her stop pulling. After her introduction to one of our newer dogs Simba, because they were properly introduced, she loves playing with him as well as Noah.
Week 5. No journals as I did not get to the prison.
Week 6. Daisy continues to improve each day. She loves people and accepts any and all affection from anyone. She's also improving with her dog reactivity.
Week 7. No journal as I did not get to the prison.
Week 8. Daisy is very friendly with all people she meets. She has never displayed any negative or aggressive reaction towards people. No resource guarding issues at all. When she gets close to the other dogs she gets overly excited and reactive. She wants to play, but if the other dog displays an aggressive response, Daisy immediately goes on the offense. She is still learning her manners. She responds very well to all her cues. She does well with leash walking and fairly well with off-leash but is easily distracted. Her recall is very good.
Week 9. Daisy is becoming more playful with some of the other dogs. She loves to play with all people--very approachable and friendly. There are still a few dogs that tend to set her off, but her handler is doing a great job with redirecting her and she is more responsive to his verbal command of redirection. And she loves to play fetch!!
Week 10. No journals as I did not get to the prison.
Week 11. Daisy is making great progress. She's starting to open up to other dogs. She listens very well to commands from all the handlers, not just her primary one.
Week 12. Daisy's handler starts her training at 6;30 am every morning and continues at various times durin the day. This training consists of reinforcing previously learned cue, behavior and skills. Daisy's does excellent when meeting people, but she is still very dog reactive to certain dogs. She's still having issues of keeping focused on her handler when she sees other dogs and at times she can be unpredictable around certain other dogs. But she is showing improvement with the dog reactivity. And Daisy has great recall when not distracted by other dogs.
Week 13. Daisy is improving every day. She is a great dog that craves human love and affection. She still has some reactivity to certain dogs. Her manners are great and would do well in an active family. We think some of her dog reactivity is she just wants to play, and she does with a few of the dogs off leash. Depends on the dog and how they are introduced. She really is a sweety.
Week 14. Daisy is a really layed back dog. She listens very well. She is a bit dog selective/reactive, but only certain dogs. There is no human agression. She knows her cues/commands of sit, down, wait, come and stay. She loves to run and play and fetch. SHE IS ALLERGIC TO ANY WHEAT GRAIN PRODUCTS so potential adopters must make sure she does not have anything containing wheat or grain. She would do great with an active family with at least one adult that could keep her dog selective agression under control. She does well with new dogs but if they start to bark or challenge her, that's when she becomes aggressive. And while she does well with her cues/commands, she sometimes looses focus when other dogs are near her.
Week 15. Daisy worked with 5 different handlers this week. She is a really sweet dog who loves attention of people, but is still dog reactive to certain dogs. She will play with some of the dogs but will become reactive towards others. Not sure what the issue is but continuing to work with her on the dogs she reacts to. She has never dis played any reaction towards people and shows no signs of resource guarding. She has done extremely well with her cue/commands sit, down, wait, off and no. She does very well with her loose leash walking and has great recall. We just need to find out why she reacts to certain dogs and others she has no problems with. She would probably do best as an only dog.
Week 16. Daisy continues to work with different handlers, which is a really good thing for her to learn she must respond to commands from anyone. The handlers continued to work on her dog socialilzation. Daisy did great WITH PROPER INTRODUCTION. She does a lot better afteer being exercised (just like Noah and every other dog). She is socializing with the majority of the other dogs but still reacts to a couple. Still unknown why has this reactivity to only certain dogs. But everyone is watching and learning, hoping to figure it out. No problems with people at all.
Week 17. Daisy continues to be very approachable, friendly and playful with all people. However, she continues to be extremely dog reactive to many of the dogs in the program. She has, however, is learning how to positively and playfully interact with some of the dogs. She and Zeus have formed a bond which is very encouraging. She responds well to all of her cues/commands; sit, down, off, wait, no and leash walking. Her recall is EXCELLENT! Realistically, she should be the only dog in a home.
Week 18. As noted above in all the comments, Daisy loves people. However, despite intensie training efforts she continues to be reactive towards all the other dogs (she has a cautious bond with Zeus), most likely because Zeus is a dog that just wants to be with other dogs--a real pack mentality). Also, it should again be noted that Daisy HAS SEVERE FOOD AND SKIN ALLERGIES. SHE MUST BE ON A STRICT GRAIN-FREE DIET (INCLUDING TREATS) AND BATHED WITH DAWN DETERGENT. SHE ALSO SEEMS TO BE ALLERGIC TO FISH PROTEINS.
Week 19. As stated above in all the previous journals, Daisy ADORES people, but still has issues with dogs, especially when we bring a new dog into the program. She would have to be an only dog and would need someone who could continue working on her dog aggression.. She has made a few dog friends since arriving. But whoever adopts her will need to know of her dog aggression to strange dogs. But she is SO SWEET with people.
Week 20. Daisy has been at the vet getting thoroughly checked out and examined on her allergy issues. She just retur this week (7 August) so there is no report for her this week.