Georgia is a 3-4 year old female Walker Hound. She arrived in 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Week 9. Georgi has been doing a good job of becoming more and more comfortble with her surroundings. She is still very timid but you can see her confidence grow a little bit every day. It has become evident tough that Georgia will probably never be the type of dog that would be comfortable around a lot of new people, but she has clearly shown that she can warm up to multiple individuls if she is given the appropriate amount of time. Patience is an absolute must when dealing with Georgia because of her fearful nature, but if someone is willing to take their time with her they will come to see that she is a very friendly, very playful and extremely loveable dog. She has no issues whatsoever and adores running and playing outside. She also gets along with all the dogs and avoids conflicts if they occur, so another dog would not be a problem. In fact, it would probably be a very good thing to have another resident dog to help her overcome her fearfulness. Georgia's manners are great and she knows all her cues/commands. Her recall is very good whether calling her by name or by a whistle.
Week 10. Georgia is really trying hard to overcome her fears. Although her progress has been slow, it has been moving forward each day. She is getting better at adapting t the prison environment. As said in previous journal entries, patience is a MUST with her because it is essential to gaining her trust. When she's nervous, she will pace back and forth repeatedly. If given a few minutes, she will start to calm down, which makes working with her much easier. Once she's comfortable with you she listens extremely well, and really acts very much normal. She is an absolute sweetheart that is easy to fall in love with. It is our hope that someone will be willing to offer Georgia the oppoortunity to become the love of their life.
Week 11. Sweet Georgia has been doing better at trying to become more comfortable in her environment. Although she still struggles to fully feel comfortable in her surroundings, she has been doing a lot better at gaining her confidence (although it ha been at a slower pace). Georgia has definitely shown the ability to be able to warm up to individuals, but it is a must that she is afforded the proper amount of time to feel comfortable with whomever decides to adopt her. Georgia is very sweet, listens extremely well, and is very, very intelligent. Unfortunately those qualities can be over-looked because of how shy and fearful she can be at times. There is no doubt in her handler's mind that patience is the number one thing that is mandatory in order to get the best out of Georgia. Once she understands that a person is not going to harm her, she settles in and begin to show the qualities that make her a very special girl. Georgia has no reactivity what-so-ever. She loves other dogs and is much more people friendly that what she initially shows. It is a must that you gain Georgia's trust before you can begin to see all of her wonderful qualities. Having another dog would probably speed up the process in which she becomes more comfortable. She has no resource guarding issues and has absolutely no aggression at all. She actually came up to me today (1-26-18) during my weekly visit. This was a first for her and I could see she is trying so very hard. She is the kind of dog that you just want to do whatever it takes to reassure her she will not be harmed in any way. Her emotional wounds run deep, but with patience and love, she can be the best dog ever and will give you unconditional love.
Week 12. Georgia is really starting to show noticeable improvement and becoming more comfortable in her environment.. She is happiest when she is outside and it is a joy to watch her timidness fade away and her tail wag when she's playing outside.. She has great manner and walks very well on a leash. Also, her recall is very good. It's such a pleasure to see her improvement every week. It's slow going, but it is happening for her.
Week 13. Georgia is finally showing real progress. She has come substantially far since arriving in the program. Although she gets along very well with the other dogs, she still struggles to gain trust from new people. She has definitely shown she is capable of warming up to new people, but it still takes her time to trust. To be clear, once she does warm up to a peson, she becomes a completely different dog. When she is comfortable, she is extremely playful and not at all nervous or afraid. And of course she is happiest when she is outside. She listens extremely well to all her cues/commands and recall. She is, by all accounts, a ery good dog and an absolute sweetheart. Her handler states "It is my hope that whoever decides to give Georgia a chance, allows her the necessary time to warm up and get comfortable so she can show them what a wonderful dog she really is". As stated in all her previous journals, she has no reactivity to people, other dogs or resource guarding of any kind. She is treat motivated, which does help with her training. Her manner are impeccable, but it should be noted that when she is scared or uncomfortable she does not respond as well to a cue/command because of her fear. Once she knows she can trust a person, she is excellent and will obey all her cues/commands.
Week 14. Georgia's handler continues to working with her to help her gain confidence and decrease her fear. While she still struggles with new people, every week you can observe a slight bit of improvement, which for her is great. She's warming up to new people quicker, she's not as nervous when there are multiple people gathered in her general area. Georgia loves to be with other dogs and for people she knows, she's a real sweetheart. There isn't an aggressive bone in her body. She has learned her cues/commands sit, wait, stay, paw and "talk". Georgia is a sweetheart of a dog who needs a person that will take the time and patience necessary to get her to the point of being comfortable in most situations. Everyone loves our sweet Georgia.
Week 15. Georgia has been responding very well to being around multiple people at one time. She still isn't what her handler would describe as comfortable, but it is more than clear that she isn't as stressed as she used to be when forced to be around groups of people. She has really shown great progress since first arriving, and has warmed up to a few individuals (which shows that with enough time she can learn to trust). She still struggles, but everyone can see her slow but consistent improvement. Georgia is excellent with other dogs (especially puppies). Georgia seems to relax more when she is around other dogs, and she completely avoids any dog that shows any form of aggression. She listens very well and is quite playful when she feels safe and confident to "let her guard down". She is really a sweet dog, and her handler states "it is my hope that someone will take a legitimate chance on her and give her the opportunity to show who she really is, give her love and allow her to live a stress-free life".