Derek is a male shepherd mix who entered the program on 7-31-18 with his brother Maverick. If you would be interested in adopting Derek once he completes his training, please contact his Rescue, Friends Fur Life, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Week 1. Derek did well his first week but is super sensitive to loud noises. He is non-reactive to other dogs, no aggression whatsoever. He has no resource guarding issues. He's a little shy when meeting new people but warms up pretty quickly. Derek does well with loose leash walking. He sits well without treats. His handler has already started working with stay and wait. He's doing very well with the wait command. He also shows no signs of separation anxiety. He loves squeeky tennis balls and loves to chase them. He has met and gets along with most of the other dogs. He is a playful boy and would do well with a family with kids and probably another dog.
Week 2. Derek is doing well adjusting to his new surroundings, but is still a bit skiddish to certain noises. He did start showing some signs of separation anxiety when he was in the cell by himself. The anxiety was not because he wasn't with his brother Maverick. While he enjoys his brother's company and likes to play with him, Maverick is showing himself to be independent. He does well meeting new people and dogs. Derek does well with loose leash walking and his cues/commands sit and wait. His handler is working with him on the other cues/commands. He will shake hands with both paws, which is quite unusual. Derek has a very laid back demeanor.
Week 3. Derek is doing much better given the short amount of time he's been in the program. Both he and his brother Maverick lived in a home together and you can see he's gotten very comfortable in such a short time. He continues to behave and have positive interactions with both people and dogs. He still gets a little startled by sudden loud noises, but other than that he appears very comfortable.
Week 4. Derek is coming along very well. He is meeting people but is sometimes a bit shy and timid. Derek is not reactive to people or dogs and exhibits no resource guarding. Derek is doing very well with his basic cues/comands and is good with his loose leash walking. He's really a beautiful boy who just wants love and attention. He tends to shy away from dogs that are aggressive but loves playing with the others. He would do very well in a home with another easy-going dog, insofar as he and Maverick grew up together in the same house.
Week 5. Derek is doing very well. He's very good when meeting new people and loves to get loving from those he knows. He exhibits no resource guarding towards either people or other dogs with his food or toys. He knows many of his cues/commands (sit, wait, loosh leash walking, down). He's still working on his stay. He loves to give you both of his paws. His handler says his temperment is calm and laid back, which would make him a great addition to a family. His only real issue right now is he's still a little skiddish with certain loud noises. But a true lover.
Week 6. No Journals this week. Prison was in lockdown.
Week 7. Derek is a magnificant dog who loves all people and all dogs. He has no issues with resource guarding and is great with his basic cues/commands. He came in with his sibling/friend Maverick. We were told they were very bonded, but you would never know it. Derek and Maverick have both blossomed as individuals and reallt don''t care if they even see each other. Both of them would do fine if adopted separately.
Week 8. Nothing new to report with Derek. He knows all his cues/commands and is such an obedient dog and a lover of all people and other dogs. He really doesn't have that much more to learn in the program. He's an EXCELLENT student :-)
Week 9. Derek is just waiting for someone to take him home. He is a great dog, very loving and affectionate, and loves to play with other dogs. He is less timid when meeting new people. He is still a bit skittish around certain loud noises that startle him. He's a great dog all around.
Week 10. Derek is ready for his furever home. He is completely independent from his brother Maverick and gets along with all the other dogs. He is doing very well with his cues/commands and shows no resource guarding issues for food or toys. Also, no issues with new people. He deserves a home to call him own.
Week 11. Derek, just like his brother Maverick, IS READY TO BE PAROLED!!! He is a great dog, well-behaved, sweet and just generally wonderful. His handler says Derek's strongest point is his remarkable recall. He's not big on tricks, but is great with the important cues/commands. We believe he would do well with another dog. He's ready!!!
Week 12. Derek is ready to leave the program. He is a loving boy who craves attention from people, even though he is a little timid at the very beginning with new people. That fades very quickly once he has met the person. Derek loves to interact and play with the other dogs. He is READY!!
Week 13. Derek needs nothing but a FUREVER HOME! Everything about Derek is good, and we believe he would fit well into any home environment. He is a gentle, sweet and loving boy and deserves to have a family of his own.