Noah is a 2 yr old Lab/Retriever mix. He was adopted with Buck but some of his food aggression issues resurfaced so he was returned on 29 March 2017 He's a wondeful dog and had been in the program since January 4, 2017. He was adopted with Buck because they were so close in the prison, but being in the same house created some issues.. He loves people and other dogs but he will need more work with his food aggression issues now that we know they can resurface in a home with another dog.
Week 1. Noah was adopted as soon as he got in the program (adopted along with Buck). When Noah was returned, both his handler and the prison staff were completely surprised. Apparently he still needs work on food aggression with others dogs around. When he returned, he fit back into the program without any problem. He still needs work with jumping on people (he loves people and it's like he just can't help himself). His handler is working with his cues/commands and he is excelling with his nose work. He probably would do well as an only dog in a home, as many of our other dogs.
Week 2. This was a great week for Noah. Noah and Daisy played well together off leash for about an hour. Right now Noah is not exhibit ANY resource or food guarding (which was why he was returned when he and Buck were adopted together).. His adopters were very sad to have to return him because he is such a sweety. He is still jumping on people (trying to get them to hug him). He adores human contact. He did start barking when a stranger picked up his toy, so I think he still needs a little more work. Noah knows his cues/commands but still has trouble focusing when other dogs are around. Noah would do very well in a hoome that is high spirit and activity. He loves running around outside chasing his ball. Because of his size, kids 12 or older would be the best fit in a family. And, he passed his Canine Good Citizen test and is very good at his nose work.
Week 3. Noah is doing very well. He played well with Nia and Daisy (Nia doesn't do real well with the other dogs). Noah has no reactivity or resource guarding. Still working on his focus. He does well until there are other dogs around and he wants to go play.
Week 4. No journals as I did not get to the prison.
Week 5. Noah is a wonderful, big ball of energy. This week was a great week for him. He much prefers playing with the female dogs (Daisy and Nia). Still working on his cues because he is so excitable. Noah passed his Canine Good Citizen test months ago. He will do well with another dog (preferrably a femal) WITH PROPER INTRODUCTION. Noah needs an active, high spirited home. He's really a good-ball as I've said before.
Week 6. No journals as I did not get to the prison.
Week 7. This week Noah did very well, He plays with Daisy and Nia and also enjoys Simba. His handler is still working on his cues/commands. Noah is a great big hunk of love (and he's a leaner--loves to lean into you for affection). He has not shown any type of people or dog reactivity or resource guarding. I would refer to him as a big goofball.
Week 8. This was a great week for Noah. He is doing very well interacting with other dogs. He loves to play with Daisy. Noah has no reactivity to people nor does he exhibit any resource guarding. He is a very high spirited dog and will jump on you to get your attention. Needless to say, that is being worked on by his handler. He also still needs work on his focus, as he apparently has a very short attention span and wants to just play.
Week 9. Noah is doing great and is ready for adoption. Still continue to work on his cues/commands as he gets distracted when other dogs are around and he wants to play with. The adopter was truly broken hearted when she had to return him. Her other dog was attaking him (no retaliation at all from Noah but she was afaird Noah would get hurt). And Noah has passed his Good Cigizen Test! The handlers call Noah the peacemaker when other dogs try to start something.
Week 10. Noah is a very energetic, happy dog. He loves to play with his girlfriend Daisy. He's a very high spirited, young dog. Still working on keeping him from jumping on people (he's so big). There have been no signs of any reactivity or resource guarding. The other handlers are helping until the new dogs start coming in. Noah has a meet and greet tomorrow (6/8/17). Fingers crossed for our big puppy :-)
Week 11. So far no news on how the meet and greet went with Noah. Still hoping. This week Noah had several handlers working with him and it served him well. Specifically the handlers' addressed Noah's high energy level. They started with exercising him before training (always the correct thing to do). After exercising and before beginning the good manner training, Noah did wonderful and was very attentive. He is very treat motivated and really is willing to learn. He's great with people and loves to socialize with them. His dog reactivity is good, but his high energy level can cause another dog to react. He is not aggressive, just energetic!. He knows his basic cues/commands, is crate trained, house trained, and passed his Canine Good Citizen test. He would definitely have to go to a high energy, high activity home. As an afterthought, he loves playing with Izzy the puppy but has to be monitored closely because he is so big and she is so small, he might accidently hurt her. But they do love to play :-)