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 email@example.com
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) so sometimes he is a little grouchy (who wouldn't be). 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.