Merlin arrived on 8-30-2017. Merlin is a Husky mix approximately 2 years old. The picture is Merlin with the wonderful volunteer who brought him to the prison (the only picture we have of him). If you are interested in adopting Merlin after he finishes his training, contact Tara's House Animal Rescue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Week 1. This was Merlin's first week in the program. His handler spent the week getting him used to his new environment, which he acclimated to very well. Merlin's main issue is separation anxiety. His handler started working on that along with basic commands. Merlin showed moderate progress with his cues/commands of sit, stay, lie down, wait and is pretty good with his leash walking. Also, his separation anxiety appears to be slowly subsiding. Merlin is a happy dog when he's outside and is very loving towards people. He doesn't appear to have any issues with most of the dogs. He loves to run and play. He is a very friendly and loving dog given he's only been in the program for a week.
Week 2, Merlin is a very loving and trusting dog who gets along great with all people and other dogs. He is making a lot of progress with his separation anxiety and is getting ok with being left along. Merlin loves to roll over on his back for tummy rubs by anyone. His handler says that, due to his relaxed demeanor, he would make a great family companion, especially with children. Merlin is not reactive to people or dogs and has zero issues with resource guarding. He knows his cues/commands sit, down, paw and his leashing walking and recall is very good. Merlin is truly a kind and gentle dog whose only issue was separation axiety, which he is now overcoming. A real sweetheart!
Week 3. Merlin has made great progress with his separation anxiety. He still barks but no longer chews items. He is a wonderful, sweet, and loving dog who would do well in any home environment. He loves attention and would let you pet and rub him for an entire day. SO SWEET! That pretty much sums up Merlin.
Week 4. Merlin could go to a home right now. He is loving, gentle boy wiho loves to be loved. He has conquered his separation anxiety, and is just a happy go lucky dog. He would do great with either an individual or a family. He is a super sweet boy who knows his cues/commands. He really deserves a loving home.