Honey Bee arrived on 8-30-2017. She's a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix approximately 2 years old.. Specifics (rescue organization, link) will be posted as soon as I get them.
Week 1. Honey Bee (Honey from now on) is the true definition of a good, loyal, intelligent and easy to train dog. Her handler says it appears she's had some previous training, possibly as a guard dog. Her recall is excellent, she is highly focused Her training isbeing positively reinforced and "cleaned up" by her handler. She loves chasing the ball, tug of war and going for short walks. Honey is an energetic dog who enjoys learning and could quite possibly become a dog with a job of some sort. She already knows cues/commands sit, down, stay, come, paw, and roll over. She's now working on speak, crate, in, back up and fetch. One interesting observation on the part of her handler. He thinks she's had previous training with a glove or a bite suit and appears to have not had a lot of interaction with other dogs. But she already is learning to play and her handler is working on her mouthing of hands and arms. That's why he thinks she was trained for this behavior, like maybe for use as a guard dog. Her manners are not great but are being worked on.
Week 2. Honey's handler states "once again I have another great dog." Honey is a little rough around the edges but is showing remarkable progress. She craves attention. She is a high energy dog who would do great with an active individual or family. She would do best with older kids. She loves people and dogs but still is working on her manners and how to play. Her mouthing has minimized and she gets very excited when she sees certain people. She knows her cues/commands paw, role over, sit, stay, down and has good recall.
Week 3. Honey has been making a lot of improvement in the program. Honey appears to hae been taught a few bad habits and it seems she did not have very much interaction with new people or other dogs, but she is a quick learner and has really improved with good dog behavior as well as learning her cues. Honey can look intimating but is all puppy in a big dog's body. She is energetic and loves to play with other dogs and people. She had a mouthing issues but is making great progress. She is also learning how to interact and play with the other dogs without being too "in your face" rough. She can now play with some of the other dogs off leash, which is remarking progress. She knows her cues/commands roll over, paw, sit, stay, lay down, fetch, bring back crate, high five, front, heal. She seems to be happy now and not so anxious when interacting with people and other dogs.
Week 4. Honey has come a long way in a short period of time. Her handlers insight: "she seems to have gotten away with a lot and was taught how to play wrong". She has no aggression but can be vocal when she plays. Still working on the mouthing although she has made great improvement. Honey is a very obedient, dog friendly (somestimes plays too rough when she gets excited). She also gets over-excited when in a new situation, but calms down quickly when it becomes routine to her. Her handler says her progress with respect to behavior modification and good manners is excellent.
Week 5. Honey continues to improve with regards to dog and people socialization. She loves to play with people and dogs. Off leash her play behavior is excellent with other dog; on leash she can be vocal but all play. She is learning to play with people and greet them with less energy. Honey is very obedient, likes short walks and running off leash. She would be a good fit for a family with a yard. Her good manners are excellent.
Week 6. Honey is a beautiful Rhodesian Ridgeback mix who loves to play with people, and some dogs. She also loves to vocalize! She is learning how to play without being mouthy. Honey's handler said she has a "bossy" attitude and when she is ready to do something she lets you know; however she is learning to wait until her handler is ready. She is a very intelligent dog and picks up on things very quickly, but also can be a little stubborn. Honey knows all the tricks from the puppy eyes and talking to get her way. Honey needs a strong person whom she can't manipulate. Her good behavior is improving every day. Her handler puts her through numerous training techiques. Honey gets very excited when playing and her handler is working to get her to understand proper behavior and redirection.
Week 7. Honey continues to make good progress. She was easily over-excited and did not know how to play properly. She can look aggressive but there isn't an aggressive bone in her body. She can be easily redirected when necessary (such as playing too rough with the other dogs). Every day shows more improvement with her. She listens extremely well and is easily trained. She would do well in a family with or without another dog (providing proper introductions are made) and children 12 or over.
Week 8. Every day is a better day for Honey. She is a high energy dog that will need to have a home that will provide her the necessary exercise. She really is such a sweetheart and loves attention.
Week 9. Today was actually the first time I'd seen Honey off leash playing with the other dogs. I was absolutely stunned and could not believe this was the same dog that came into the program. She has learned how to interact so much better with the other dogs. She still sometimes gets so excited she forgets her doggy manners, but is easily redirected by her handler. I was so impressed with her. She gave me a quick hello then back to playing with the other dogs. That is HUGE for her. Her manners are also excellent. She really is a true sweetheart!
Week 10. Honey continues to improve thanks to her handler. He knows exactly what her every movement and body language is telling him.. She is extremely well trained. She has a lot of energy and love to play but can also be a loving, calm dog after she's gotten the necessary exercise. She definitely needs a home with a lot of activity and would do well with another dog, with proper introduction. She has shown amazing improvement from when she first arrived. She was extremely dog reactive, and now she plays off-leash with most of the dogs. That's a huge step for our girl!
Week 11. Oh how Honey would love to have her own home and maybe a brother or sister with the same energy level. And Honey knows when it is bed or nap time and will go to her crate. Her personality will keep you smiling. She still plays a little rough, so if there are kids, they should be 12 or over. She is such a beautiful girl!
Week 12. Honey FINALLY got her Easy Walk Harness and her handler says she is like a whole new dog. He says training is much easier and she has made dramatic improvement (she is much more calm and patient and responds even better than she did). Funny how a simple item like a harness can make a dramatic difference in a dog. And her interaction with the other dogs is fantastic. Her handler says he believes she is now ready for her furever home!!!! Her handler says "Honey is the perfect name for this dog because she is truly a sweetheart and it's a real shame that her appearance intimates many people. Honey is all bark and no bite"
Week 13. Honey would be a great Christmas or New Year's addition for some lucky family. Anyone who would adopt Honey will be getting a loyal and loving, obedient dog who loves to play. Honey can be a little hard-headed at times but she still listens very well. Anything that is new to Honey can sometimes make her a little reactive but she quickly adjusts. Honey adores the outside and loves to play fetch with a ball or a stick. And she really enjoys playing and chasing the other dogs, which is HUGE because when she first came in she wanted nothing to do with ayny of the dogs. New dogs and come in and she does great with them now. It's all about proper introduction. Honey needs someone who will firm AND loving. Speaking as a women myself, Honey might try to exert herself as the one who is in charge (please folks, no editorial comments :-) but once she knows she doesn't have to be, then it's all fun and games for her. Honey really is a wonderful girl who so deserves the love and care she never got. I have to include this comment from her handler: "I took Honey out about 2:30 am and she went potty. We came back in, I got layed down in the bed. About 5 minutes later Honey was whining like she had to go back outside, but she had just been out so I told her to lay down. Honey immediately jumped up and grabbed a poop bag and brought it to me. Took her back out and she went #2. Now that's one smart dog"