Saxon is a 4 year old Retriever/Shepherd mix. He arrived on June 15, 2018. He originally was rescued from the meat trade in Thailand. If you would be interested in adopting Saxon after his training is completed, please contact his Rescue at Homeward Trails, JennL@homewardtrails.org.
Week 1. Saxon's handler is already getting him used to people and to relax. He is still reactive towards other dogs and some people bu will listen when directed by his handler with the words "Stop It". He is now eating his food and will take treats. He's not very interested in toys. Because he is reactive to other dogs, his handler is using Mason and Bella the puppy for interaction as there is no reactivity to them by Saxon. Right now he will sit when using treats. He will also stay and is good on his leash walking.
Week 2. Saxon is doing a lot better. He takes to women very fast but is stil a bit hesitant when meeting new men. He's still a little wary of his handler but does listen. He has some manners but does much better when using treats. Right now his handler is working on his recall and he is showing progress. He's still learning his new environment. He does very well with the CO's but is hesitant to let others pet him. His handler is going slowing with his training because he is still nervous. His resource guarding is progressing well. Having been a street dog, he still needs to learn that no one is going to steal his food.
Week 3/4. Saxon is doing very good. He can be around other dogs and people and not react. He doesn't like to meet new dogs or play with a leash on and does much better playing with some of the other dogs while off leash. He will let you know if anyone comes to the door. He can be with strangers but doesn't feel comfortable with them petting or touching him. However, if you have him on the leash, he's fine. He is a picky eater and does best when training with high value treats. Saxon is not people reactive unless they try to pet him and he doesn't know them. All he needs to do is be the one to make the first move and smell the person and then he is fine. A cute trick he knows is he likes to walk on his hind legs. He wasn't taught that in the prison so no one knows where he learned to perform like that. He also doesn't like to share a female dog that he likes with another male dog. I guess he likes to keep his girlfriends close and is the jealous type :-)
Week 5. Saxon continues to improve. His handler says he can be stubborn sometimes but will respond with high value treats. His reaction to other dogs while on leash is improving but he still won't play unless you drop the leash. He really takes to women much better than men, but if anyone takes his leash and has treats, he does fine. Everyone is so thankful he was rescued from such a horrible situation.
Week 6/7. Saxon is doing much better. He still is a little hard headed at time but will respond to high value treats (cheese). He's still wary of strangers but treats help. Saxon also has good manners. Saxon doesn't like to play or interact with the other dogs when he's on leash, but if you drop the leash while the other dog remains on leash, he does better. He prefers women to men, but does ok with both. Saxon has had a rough life and it's going to take time for him to learn to trust both people and other dogs.
Week 8. Saxon is doing ok. He loves to just lay around. He's not so interested in playing much with the other dogs. He prefers to be by himself. Given he was a street dog, his behavior is not so unexpected. He still is a little hard-headed, but if you have a high value treat then he's your best friend. Saxon's preference in other dogs are females and dogs that are smaller than him (which unfortunately is not the case with most of the dogs in the program). He's still not doing well with strangers (men in particular). He's ok as long as they don't try to pet him. If they give him a treat then he's good. Bottom line, if you have treats, then you're ok. He does have a special talent in that he walks on his back legs!! An interesting talent!
Week 9. Saxon continues to just be Saxon. We think Saxon would do well in a quiet environment where he could lay around and just enjoy life. He's still reactive to men (not so much with women) but treats are the key to getting Saxon comfortable. His manners are good, and are easily reinforced with treats. This boy so deserves a life without fear and having to worry about just surviving. He doesn't require a lot of exercise so a low energy home would work well for him.
Week 10. No Journal received from Saxon's handler this week.
Week 11. No Journals this week. Prison was in lockdown.
Week 12. Saxon has gone pretty much as far as he can in the program. He doesn't react to stranger's as much anymore as long as they have a treat. Mostly he will back away from them. He is starting to play a little bit with his handler (loves to play tug). He still doesn't like to be with or interact with any of the other dogs and will let off a low growl if they come to close to him. His manners are good. He would do well in a quiet home with older people and little activity.. No other dogs or kids. Also, he understands that whoever has the leash is in charge. This dog was obviously traumatized while in Thailand and his behaviors towards other dogs and strangers are deeply rooting. He's a sweet boy who's had a horrible life :-(
Week 13. Saxon is doing well. He would be a good dog with a family with no kids and low to middle activity level. Saxon's favority hobby is to lay around chew his bone. He would be a great companion for any adult. If you have his leash, he's good to go. He doesn't like other dogs and we're pretty sure that won't change regardless of how much additional training he receives.
Week 14. Saxon is continuing to wait for that someone special to give him a home. This journal stated that, after proper introductions, Saxon will play with a female dog (definitely no male dogs). He also appears to like women more than the men. Saxon has had a rough life and so deserves to find his furever home where he can finally just relax and enjoy the life of a loving pet.
Week 15. Saxon is as ready as he ever will be. Saxon has baggage that will probably never go away, but we beieve there is a good home for him somewhere. He doesn't require a lot of activity, and seems to like women better than men, although he does well with all the handlers and other men in the housing unit he is familiar with. Saxon is content to just lie around and chill. He would do well in a townhouse or apartment envionment. Saxon RARELY barks (to date I've yet to hear his bark). Saxon is a special dog that needs a special home.
Week 16. Saxon continues to do as well as he can. He doesn't mind female dogs but does not like male dogs. He doesn't react to strangers unless they try to pet him without first getting permission. As long as people don't try to come up and pet him without becoming familiar with him, he is fine. Saxon should not be in a home with children or other male dogs. Saxon is a special boy that needs a special, loving home.