Jack is a 6-7 month old black Lab. He arrived 29 December 2017. If you are interested in adopting Jack after he finishes his time in the program, please contact Lab Rescue LRCP at email@example.com
Week 1. Jack is a great dog. He loves affection and loves to run and play with his toys. Jack is already crate trained and house-broken. Jack is a very loving but fearful dog. You have to take it slow and build his trust. He appears to have had some bad things happen to him at a very young age. Jack needs to initiate any interaction, Given time in the program, he may blossom and shed his fear and distrust. Jack shows no issues regarding resource guarding and is good with cues/commands sit, wait, stay, leash-walking and paw.
Week 2. No journal this week
Week 3. Jack is a very energetic, outgoing, affectionate and playful dog. He is very rope and ball motivated, which makes his training easy. He loves to play fetch. Jack does not like to be pet on the top of his head. This may be a reaction from possible past abuse. He is showing great progress regarding his food bowl aggression (why he came into the program). His handler holds his food bowl while he eats, which is really helping Jack to understand he doesn't need to guard his food. He is also afraid of his handler holding detergent o anything similar in size. For some reason he is afraid and will fall down and growl if it is in your hand (another indication of possible past abuse). The good news is he's showing improvement in these areas. He is extremely focused and will respond to cues/commands (sit, down, wait, stay, leash walking and paw). Jack is still a little hesitant about walking down stairs (going up is no problem). He is learning fairly quickly and his handler (who can do anything with Jack, including pet him on his head) believes he can overcome his issues during his time in the program.
Week 4. Jack is continuing to improve. His handler is still working with him on his food bowl aggression, and he is improving every day. He is great with people and the other dogs. He still doesn't like to be pet on his head but will allow his handler to pet him and play with him, so it appears to be a trust issue more than anything else. The one thing about Jack is his amazing focus. Watching him focus on his handler is truly amazing. As of this point in time, he should not be in a home with children. As he progresses, that may change.
Week 5. Jack continues to improve every week. He is still exhibiting some food bowl aggression, but definitely improving. He also is still reactive if someone other than his handler touches his head, Jack is a big boy and would need someone who could handle a dog of his size. He has grown quite a bit since he entered the program. He's basically a happy boy that loves to play. We believe his issues will resolve themselves with continued work by his handler.
Week 6. Jack is doing very well. He has shown a lot of improvement with his food bowl aggression. He is fully crate trained and house trained. He does still have his moments when he becomes uncomfortable (especially when his head is touched). We are happy to see his improvement but Jack still has a way to go before he is ready for adoption. But make no mistake, he is a wonderful, smart, playful and affectionate dog.
Week 7. Jack is progressing slowly but surely. His handler is continuing to address his food bowl aggression, which has shown improvement but still needs work. It appears that Jack more than likely was abused at some point in his life, as certain things will cause a reaction (lifting a laundry detergent bottle or something similar). He's basically a really good boy and is great with the other dogs. And he is showing a slight improvement in allowing people to pet him on the top of his head. He still has trust issues with people, which would make sense if he suffered abuse. But Jack is a very intelligent, energetic and affectionate dog. He still needs a lot work before he is ready to leave the program.
Week 8. Jack is doing better. His handler is working very hard to get Jack's food bowl aggression under control (he's much better now than when he first arrived). Jack really has a high ball drive. He's a big boy (yes, he's grown since he entered the program) and loves to play, sometimes too rough, which his handler is addressing. He and Bullet really enjoy rough-housing when they are off leash (pretty equal in size). Jack has the best focus of any dog I've seen, and understands what is being asked of him. He's still a little nervous around strangers, but warms up quickly. And he's getting better with letting people he knows pet him on his head (no one could do that when he arrived). Jack is making progress in all aspects of his training/behavior.