Georgia is a 3-4 year old female Walker Hound. She will be coming into the program on 10 November 2017. If you would be interested in adopting her after she finishes in the prison dog program, please contact Beth Reedy or Kathi Draper at email@example.com for application information
Week 1. Georgia is a very reserved and timid dog. She is very friendly towards other dogs. In fact, her handler noted that other dogs are the only thing that allows her to come out of her shell (keep in mind she's only been in the program since the 10th of November). She is wary of people but will allow anyone to touch, rub or handle her. Her crate seems to be her only confort ("safe") zone. She doesn't want to be outside in the housing unit or outdoors unless there are other dogs out there with her. Right now she is very uncomfortable being alone outside to the point she won't even go potty. Noises scare her (as we've seen in many of the dogs that have come through the program). Right now everything is frightening to her. She is a sweet girl (smaller than what I thought she would be). It's going to take her some time to get used to her new surroundings. Having just entered the program, she is on "down" time, meaning she and her handler are getting used to each other and working on trust issues. The one thing that is very noticeable is she loves being with other dogs. We usually give the dogs 1-2 weeks just to settle into their new environment, get used to the continuous noise and activity before any training begins. Her handler did state she does very well walking on a leash. Given a few weeks, her true personality will begin to emerge and we'll get to know the real Georgia.
Week 2. Georgia continues to be very shy and timid. She doesn't have an aggressive bone in her body. It takes her quite a bit of time before she begins to warm up to people she is not familiar with. Also, loud noises scare her. She is a dog that is going to require patience. But when she is outside, she's like a completely different dog. She is great with Fidget the puppy and the rest of the other dogs. Her main issue is her fear and she will need time and patience to overcome. But that is why she is here in the program. I have no doubt that she will move forward and become a loving and sweet girl.
Week 3. Georgia has been improving, slowly but surely. She is still very much afraid of her surroundings but has been showing some progress, especially when she is outside. She loves other dogs and enjoys playing with squeeky toys and balls. Indoors she become extremely afraid of everything (people, quick and unexpected movements and loud noises). There is no aggression whatsoever. She is treat motivated but will still succumb to her fears the majority of the time. Georgia is a dog that needs extreme patience. She needs that extra time to become completely comfortable with her surroundings before you can truly begin to see what a wonderful dog she really is.
Week 4. Georgia has been showing very small signs that she is trying and wanting to become more comfortable. When she is outside with the ther dogs she is extremely outgoing and playful with the dogs and more receptive to the people. Georgia is at her best when she can play outside. She still is uncomfortable and scared when she is inside. The loud noises really take a toll on her and distracts her from anything she might be doing. She will let people pet her but you can see she is stressed (unless she knows the person). But there is absolutely no aggression on her part. It's more a "flight" response. She is such a sweet dog and with enough time, love and patience, we believe she will eventually come around. But it is very clear, at least at this point, another dog is the only thing that can bring her out of her shell.
Week 5. Georgia is a very sweet dog that is working hard to try and overcome her fears. She has been slowly try to come out of her shell and be more receptive to her environmment. Although is has been a struggle for her to adapt, she has been showing some small signs of improvement. Georgia is definitely showing that she is capable to warm up and trust an individual, but it is definitely a struggle for her to embrace multiple people, at least right away. She has shown that once she feels comfortable with you she is able to express her true attributes, which is very playful and really energetic. Georgia is a very sweet dog that needs a lot of love and patience. She also does much better when she is outside with the other dogs. And she is very treat motivated. Georgia needs to be a part of a family that is willing and able to afford her the amount of time it would for her to become comfortable and allow her true attributes to come forward. And another dog in the family would be very good for her.
Week 6. Sweet Georgia is still having a tough time adjusting to her new environment. She seems to have trouble dealing with loud noices and groups of people; she wants to flee the situation. She is, however, very comfortable with a single person once she gets to know them. The more time she spends with a single person, the more comfortable she becomes with them. Georgia does listen very well. Her recall is very good and what she most enjoys is playing outside with a squeeky ball. She is extremely sweet and has zero agression issues. All Georgia needs is some love, and people that are absolutely committed to being very patient with her. She is definitely a dog that is very easy to fall in love with, All she needs is someone willing to work with her. Georgia also loves other dogs. Being around other dogs is one of the few things that can actually bring her out of her shell. She does not resource guard and absolutely no reactivity towards people (just scared of those she doesn't know). Georgia does know sit and wait commands and walks very well on a leash unless she becomes afraid of something which will cause her to pull a little bit.
Week 7. Our sweet girl Georgia is a very insecure, scared little girl. She is in no way, shape or form aggressive or reactive in any way. She is, however extremely afraid of the unknown. Although she will allow anyone to pet her, she is very uncomfortable with it if she doesn't know the individual. It's so sad to see a dog that has been traumatized that her fear totally overwhelms her. Her handler says it's going to take time and a lot of patience before she becomes completely comfortable with people. Her confidence level is SO LOW which makes it very important that one shows extreme patience with her. When Georgia feels comfortable she becomes very playful and acts like a normal dog. She enjoys tug toys and squeeky balls. She listens very well and is a really good companion. If Georgia is truly given an opportunity she would make someone really happy. Georgia is not reactive at all. She is extremely friendly with the other dogs. In fact, interacting with the other dogs is one of the few things that helps her come out of her shell. She has zero resource guarding issues and she is without a doubt people friendl, but it does take some time before her true personality shows. Georgia knows sit, wait, stay and paw. She walks well on leash unless something spooks her, which at that point all she wants to do is try to get back to somewhere she feels comfortable.
Week 8. Georgia has been coming along pretty well as of late. Although she still has her reservations, Georgia has been doing a solid job of getting more comfortable with her surroundings. She is still very timid of people she doesn't know, but she is increasingly showing the ability to warm up to new people as long as you are patient with her. She is extremely treat motivated which helps things alot. She listens extremely well and is a great companion. Her handler, along with the rest of us, are happy to see she is showing progress!