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. Right now she responds very well to redirection and the muzzle.