Harley is a 2 yr old male lab mix. He arrived in the program on 10-24-18. If you would be interested in adopting Maverek after he completes his training, please contact Linda Domer at firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-800-6102.
Week 1. Harley's handler began working with him. The first thing noted is that he is terrified of stairs, so his handler has backed off of those until Harley becomes more comfortable with his new surroundings. Introduction on the leash to the other dogs went well. He showed no aggression towards people or dogs, but takes affection as an invitation to play, and he mouths people when playing, so that is a priority to address. Apparently Harley is a very playful dog! His handler says he is already starting to improve with that issue. Harley is a little shy with new people but no aggression. If someone runs near him he gets excited and wants to play. He already know how to sit and offer his paw on command. Apparently he also loves to lick. He's doing well with stopping and say, or waiting at doorways for his handler to invite him through. He appears to know fetch in most instances. Harley is a little sensitive to having his paws touched, but will allow them to be wiped with little resistance. Harley's main issue that needs to be addressed - he humps!! This will be a new training experience for all the handlers as Harley is our first "humper" :-)
Week 2. Harley is very energetic, playful, smart and affectionate. He plays well with the other dogs, escept Buck. For some reason Harley and Buck do not get along. It may be because they are both high energy. Harley is still very afraid of the stairs. He will go down, but is very uncomfortable going up. His recall is very good. He is still on the shy side with regards to new people or new spaces. Once familiar, he is fine. Harley is a jumper, so his handler is working on that issue, along with teaching all his cues. Right now he is good with sit, down, wait, paw and leash-walking.
Week 3. Harley continues to show improvement. He still is lighly mouthing people but is showing improvement. He is still have issues with the stairs (scared) and his handler is continuing to work with him. He does well with the other dogs except Buck (some dogs just don't like each other, and it appears the feeling is mutual with Buck :-) Harley enjoys playing fetch. He also enjooys playing with Zoe, our dog once reactive but not anymore, little girl. Harley is a very playful and high energy dog. He continues to show improvement when meeting new people.