Hudson is an 18 month old Lab mix who arrived in the program on 12 September 2018. If you would be interested in adopting Hudson after he has completed his training, please contact his Rescue, Pugh Zoo Rescue at email@example.com.
Week 1. No journal this week. Prison was in lockdown.
Week 2. Hudson was quite the surprise when he came in. He looks nothing like his pictures and his issues and attitude are nothing like described in his SAFER evaluation. Hudson is an 18 month old puppy who absolutely loves to interact with both people and the other dogs. His handler says he took notice when he heard that Hudson was being bullied by the other dogs at his rescue, so he has taken on the role of big brother to Hudson. He's making sure none of the other dogs pick on him. He's made a few friends since arriving and seems to be quite happy. His confidence level is increasing every day. His behavior is good and he shows no signs of anxiety. Hudson really just needs some basic training. Right now he is great with sit, excellent leash walking and learning the rest of his cues/commands. He does love to play fetch.
Week 3. Hudson is a sweet, cuddly guy who also has lots of energy and loves to play with both dogs and people. Hudson would play all day if he had his way. He has geat social skills. He is fully housebroken and would be ok if left alone during norma work hours. His temperment is excellent and he shows no signs of resource guarding and will drink water along side the other dogs. Hudson is easily disract and does lose focus very quickly when outside distractions are around. His handler is working on his focus issues and he seems to be learning. His handler believes he would do well in any home environment.
Week 4. Hudson is a fun loving dog who loves to play with other dogs and people. He is a very energetic dog. Still working on his focus, as he is still easily distracted.
Week 5. Hudson continues to show himself as a great dog who wants nothing more than to play, especially with other dogs. He has started to show a bit of reactivity to male correction officers and signs of anxiety around new things or sounds. This new behavior is exactly why this program is essential. Once a dog becomes comfortable with his new environment, issues may present themselves that were previously unknown and need to be addressed by the handlers. Hudson's manners are improving every day.
Week 6. Hudson is continuing to do well. He did exhibit a bit of reactivity to a few people (some of the male correction officers and occasionally new men), so his handler is intensively trying to figure out what the trigger may have been. It wasn't much but that's why we have the program - to help dogs with either noticeable or subtle issues. His anxiety is improving every day. He continues to play well with the other dogs and is good with the people he meets. Right now he is a fun loving, playful and energetic dog
Week 7. Hudson continues to do very well in the proram. He is showing very good improvement with regards to his reactivity of some people. He is a sweet, fun-loving dog who enjoys playtime. He continues to do well with the other dogs.
Week 8. Hudson is high energy. He loves to play with people he is familar with and other dogs. Hudson bonds very quickly and doesn't mind adding new people to his pack (with proper introduction, to alleviate any reactivity or anxiety). Hudson alerts when strangers come around or there is an intruder, but he is easily calmed by using a cue/command. Hudson's anxiety could be playing a part in his reactivity, Also, the maturity level of the people on the tier may also be a factor.. Hudson is demonstrating he has good manners.