Sawyer is a Blue Tick hound who arrived 8-11-17. If you are interested in adopting Sawyer after he has completed his training, please contact his Rescue, Friends Fur Life Rescue at email@example.com
Week 1. His handler worked on basic commands and his acceptance to basic commands. He craves attention and has a little bit of separation anxiety exhibited by his howling. The good thing is he stops pretty quickly. Another handler had him and said he's been a good dog so far. His behavior towards people and other dogs is very, very good. He has good manner. He will walk on a leash, but after that if you tell him to sit or down it takes him 3 or 4 times before he responds. He's very stubborn and hard-headed :-)
Week 2. Sawyer's handler says he's a very intriguing dog. You have to see when he's in the yard running around. He will start barking for no reason at all, and the sound that comes out of such a small dog :-) Sawyer is a hugger. He loves to wrap his legs around you and hug you. He's still jumping on new people and that is one of the issues his handler is working on. He is another stubborn, hard-headed dog regarding manners. He will sit when tol but that doesn't mean he'll remain seated. His handler says Sawyer's greatest job is running. He interacts extremely well with people and dogs. He does like to nip when playing. His handler said when playing Sawyer gets very excited and will start biting (not a real bite). It's a gentle bite. In his journal, his handler says "I can't cound how many times he bite me in the ass". Although cute, his handler is working on stopping that behavior as it could escalate to something more of a real bite. But he is one happy-go-lucky dog! And boy does he love to howl! And he is excellent at his nose work. So far his separation anxiety has been minimal and is subsiding every day. Another handler working with him describes him as "extremely loveable".
Week 3. Sawyer is a true hound dog, through and through. He is extremely friendly and loves to howl. He plays well with the other dogs and loves people He will allow anyone to give him a belly rub and loves to give hugs. His manners are good, Controlling his excitement and howling is sometimes a handful, but it's all about play for him. He's progressing well with his cues/commands. Sawyer would definitely not do well in an apartment or townhouse environment. He's a hound through and through and would need a home with room to run and play. He has exhibitied absolutely no behavior problems. He is a very high spirited dog.
Week 4. Sawyer (Blu) is coming along very well. He does love to bark (howl), but given his breed that should not be a surprise. He is a great dog who loves people and other dogs. He will do anything that is asked of him. He knows his cues/commands sit, stay, wait and walk on leash. If you take his leash off he will walk right beside his handler. His handler states "my man Blu don't have any special talents. He does great nose work. His handler will hide tennis balls in the yard when he is not there and he will find every one! The only thing he loves to do is be outside and running! He is a very happy dog who would do best with an active and energetic individual or family. He would not do well in an apartment or in a small, confined environment. Sawyer (Blu) needs land or a "job" like hunting or tracking.
Week 5. Sawyer (Blu) continues to improve. His handler said he experienced some stubborn and hard-headed behavior this week (that's a hound for you!). He chewed his bed up (oops) and made his handler chase him in the yard to get him to come in. Again, not unexpected behavior of a hound! But the other side of the coin is that he loves to play and interacts with people extremely well. That's what you get with a hound. Bottom line is he loves to run and play and can get distracted when playing. But a sweet heart through and through!
Week 6. Sawyer (Blu) is doing great. He continues to excel in his training. He loves everyone, both people and other dogs. His handler says he is 100% with his good manners. His favority activity is chasing his ball. His handler said he should be ready for his furever home around 9-10 weeks (he is currently at week 6), and further states "...really don't hae any concerns about Sawyer (Blu); he is a good dog and anyone who adopts him is going to fall in love with him".