Luke is a 4 yr old Black & Tan Coonhound who arrived today (6/24/17) He is a big and strong guy who needs to learn the basics of dog behavior. He obviously has had no prior training. He likes people and most dogs but can be selective with certain dogs. Luke is from Friends Fur Life Rescue. If you would be interested in adopting Luke when he completes his training (minimum 6 weeks) contact Beth Reedy or Kathi Draper at firstname.lastname@example.org
Week 1. Luke is a great loving dog. He is very energetic, playful, affectionate and goofy. His initial issues were he was people and dog selective. His handler says he's just a big goofball. He has a really high ball drive and if very treat motivated. He is already fully house trained and crate trained. He came in with zero manners but is already godd with leash walking and is slowly learning to sit. He came in with dog aggression; his handler says he already has him fully interacting and playing with 4 other dogs including the 2 puppies. He loves to roll over on his back and let Izzy the puppy jump all over his face. And he is extremely gentle with her (he obviously recognizes she is a puppy which is a very good sign)/ He loves to walk and jog on the track with his handler and play fetch. And for some reason, he also loves to stand in the window and get as high a vantage point as possible. Luke is great with people. He has no resource guarding issues. With proper introduction, he does very well with meeting new dogs.
Week 2. Luke is a very playful, energetic, smart and affectionate dog. He enjoys playing with most of the other dogs but his favorite is Izzy the puppy. He will surely miss her now that she's been adopted.. He has formed a bond with Zeus the husky. Wherever Luke goes, Zeus follows.. Luke loves to interact and play with people and most of the other dogs. He has no exhibited any resource guarding issues. He is good with sit, down and leash walking. His handler says he does have that stubborn hound trait on occasion.
Week 3. Luke and his handler went over basic obedience cues (recall and leash walking). Luke is very attentive, focused, treat motivated. His basic obediance cues are great, although he can be distracted by other dogs or activities around him. He has developed some separation anxiety but the handler is working on that daily. Luke is dog reactive to some dogs when not properly introduced, but can socialize or interact. He LOVES people. He loves to play with his toys with people. He soon will be ready for his Canine Good Citizen test (his handler says he's ready). Luke is going to leave the prison to have some dental surgery (he has a tooth growing through his upper gum). I think he will be a perfect dog once the tooth is pulled and he is no longer in pain. Even though he is in pain, he is still a happy goofball. He loves to jog around the track with several different handlers. He loves to roll around on his back in the grass. And no resource guarding has been identified. He definitely would not be good with cats. The handler said he caught sight of a cat outside the fence and locked on to get to it. So now we know--NO CATS!!
Week 4. Luke is a wonderful dog. He is very smat, energetic, affectionate and playful. He loves to play fetch and tug with his toys. His favorite toy is his tennis ball. He enjoys both walking and jogging around the track every day with his handler. As stated before, he is a real goofball. He is great with people and good with most dogs when properly introduced. He shows no signs of resource guarding. He knows his cues/commands sit, down, wait, and leash walking. He has started to play with Bindy, one of our newest and most frightened dogs. I think Luke may be the key to helping Bindy with her fear issues.
Week 5. Luke is a wonderful dog. He is very energetic, smart, playful and affectionate. He loves to run and play. His favorite toy is the tennis ball. He loves the puppies and small dogs we have in the program, and is so very gentle with them, even when they ar chewing on his face. He just lays on his back and enjoys them. He is fully housetrained and crate trained, He has zero resource guarding issues. He's doing much better with his cues/commands sit, down,wait, and leash walking. He's our fun goofball. He does well with other dogs when properly introduced. He and Noah have a great time chasing each other. They both have the same energy level.
Week 6. Luke is a great dog. He is very smart, energetic, playful and affectionate. He will make a great addition to someone's family. He loves to run and play outside. Luke is VERY ball motivated. He is great with people and ok wih most of the other dogs. He has no resource guarding issues. Proper introduction with another dog is key to him getting along with another dog. He knows his cues/commands sit, down wait, and leash walking. Right now Luke and Drew are best buddies and love to play with each other. Wherever Luke goes, NO CATS!!! Luke still has some resource guarding issues with high value treats that need to be addressed by his handler(s). The good news is our handlers are EXCELLENT with correcting and alleviating resource guarding issues so I have no doubt it will be resolved very quickly.
Week 7. One of the alternate handlers worked with Luke this week and was surprised at how stubborn he can be (he is a hound so that shouldn't be a surprise). He is a good dog and knows his basic cues/commands but is reluctant to do them. The alternate handler thinks it might had something to do with him being unfamiliar. He did exhibit resource guarding of one specific treat, but his main handler addressed it immediately and there have been no further issues with any of the other handlers. Luke reacts to new/unfamiliar dogs rather aggressively. However, he can be corrected easily. The alternate handlers seems to think Luke seems to have trouble adjuting to new people.
Week 8. Luke was back with his primary handler and all was well. He still has some issues with some of the other dogs, but he seems to be getting past that the more he is exposed to them. Luke is very energetic and in order to continue guiding him in the right direction, he should be exercised prior to training. He is affectionate and playful. He runs and jogs with his handler around the track several times a day. His handler says his manners are very good.
Week 9. Luke is continuing to improve with his reactivity to some of the other dogs. He loves playing with Bella the puppy and Bindy (when she's in a playful mood). I think what he needs is more training with different handlers in order to overcome some of his reactivity.
Week 10. Luke is a happy and goofy dog that is friendly and loves to play. His primary handler has done a great job teaching Luke manners and commands, as he knew absolutely nothing when he entered the program. Luke is sometime unsure of strange/new dogs coming into the program but once proper introductions are made he is fine with them. A tennis ball is his best friend and will carry it with him when walking with his handler. He has learned his cues/commands sit, down, wait, stay, paw and leash walking.
Week 11. Luke is a wonderful dog. He is very smart, energetic playful, affectionate and, as stated before, goofy. He loves to run and play fetch and tug of war with his toys. His tennis ball is his favorite and he walks around with it in his mouth. He is VERY ball motivated. His handler walks multiple laps around the track with him each day, which is helping to improve his leash walking. He is great with people and good with most dogs. Proper introduction to a new dog is imperative for Luke. He also knows his cues/commands sit, down, wait, stay, and paw.
Week 12. Luke is ready for his furever home. He is a loving boy who loves people. He's learned to play with the other dogs in the program. He would do well as an only dog, but with proper introduction, he could have a playmate. NO CATS :-) He is a beautiful boy who deserves to have a family that will love him and continue to work with him.
Week 12. Luke continues to improve with getting along with the other dogs. A slow start and proper introduction/interaction is required when he meets new dogs. He is extremely tennis ball motivated. He runs the track with his handler many times during the day. He is energetic and would need an energetic companion or family. He has really improved with his cues/commands sit, stay, down, wait, leash walking and paw, and has zero resource guarding. No cats for Luke!!!
Week 13. Luke is ready for his furever home. He is a wonderful, goofy boy who loves attention. He knows all his cues/commands. Luke loves people and most other dogs (proper introduction is a must). Luke is just a fun loving hound with a high activity level. He would do best in an active home. Because of his size, he would do best with children 12 and over. He is ready to give his love to someone who will love him back.
Week 14. As said above, Luke is ready for his furever home. Our goofball, as we like to call him, would make a great addition to any family. BUT NO CATS! And if a potential adopter has another dog, all that would be needs is a PROPER introduction. We love our Luke!
Week 15. STILL WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO FALL IN LOVE WITH LUKE LIKE ALL OF THE HANDLERS AND THE REST OF THE PEOPLE IN THE HOUSING UNIT!! Where are you furever home????
Week 16. Luke is ready to be someone's furever companion. WHERE ARE YOU??? Luke is asking.
Week 17. Luke is SO READY TO GO!!! He is trained, he is loving, he is fun, he is a goofball, and is just perfect. He really has no more to learn in the program, and we really want him to get his furever home so he doesn't become institutionalized, thinking the prison and his handler is his furever home. He is ready to give his love to a companion, a couple or a family with kids (12 or older just because of his size). Luke is asking every week WHERE IS MY FAMILY????
Week 18. Once again, I sit here and write another journal entry for Luke and I just can't understand WHY!!! My mind is boggled that this beautiful boy who is great with people, dogs (with proper introduction of course), and has great manners is STILL NOT ADOPTED!! His only issue is he cannot be in a home with cats. But that's no surprise given his breed. Someone PLEASE come give Luke a chance at a furever loving home!
Week 19. What can I say? Luke is still here, being the great dog he is, having a blast, but without a family to call his own. We definitely don't want Luke to have learned all this outstanding training then end up back at his Rescue where all his training and all his goofy personality will be fade away. PLEASE! I honestly can say Luke is SO READY!!! Surely there is someone out there who can provide Luke with all the love and craziness he so deserves! Please consider our loving goofball to become a member of your family!
Week 20. Nothing more to say except Luke is ready to go!!! He is ready for his furever home. He's great with people and most of the other dogs. He has no resource guarding issues or any issues at all. HE IS WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO GIVE HIM A GOOD HOME!! And what you will received back from Luke will be nothing but LOVE!
Week 21. Fingers crossed for Luke. He had a meet and greet this week and everyone is hoping it is the right home for him. He's SO READY! But there's always room for more people who would be interested in having a goofy, sweet, loving boy like Luke in their home.
Week 22. The meet and greet for Luke went well. He's going for a home visit this week. The only barrier would be that the potential adopters have a cat. Here's hoping our sweet Luke will look at the cat then ignore it. He really doesn't have that big of a prey drive so everyone is hoping all goes well. FINGERS AND TOES CROSSED FOR LUKE!!!