Teddy is a 7 month old male Labrador Retriever. Teddy arrived 2-6-19. If you would be interested in adopting Teddy after he completes his training, please contact his Rescue, Lu's Labs at https://www.luslabs.org/application/.
Week 1. Teddy is quite the wild child. But, given his age, that is expected. Teddy has food bowl and water bowl aggression, but in the short time he's been in the program his handler is already making progress. The biggest issue was getting Teddy to trust his handler. He is already showing that trust, although for some reason, he will growl and bark at his handler when he in put in the crate ONLY AT NIGHT. He will also bark at the guards at night. He doesn't have this behavior if he is crated during the day. No issues whatsoever. He immediately stops when his handler opens the crate door at night. His handler will figure out what triggers this behavior and address the issue. Teddy loves the other dogs and people. He does mouth a bit (no biting) but given his age, that's not surprising. He's doing much better on his leash walking since he put on the Easy Walk Harness. And he is perfection at fetch. He will return the ball to whoever throws it EVERY TIME :-)
Week 2. Teddy's food and water bowl guarding is showing improvement. His handler can have him off leash and pet him while he is drinking or just around his water bowl. He can walk in and out of his cell and call him OFF his water bowl. As for his food bowl, he can't be off leash but with his leash on he can stand by Teddy. When he tries to touch him, he reacts by growling and covering the bowl. His handler says "Bad" and takes the food bowl away. He repeats this routine for an hour at a time. This seems to be working because his handler can get at least 2 touches before he reacts. Also, Teddy's growling at his handler while in the crate at night seems to be improving and showing progress. His handler cannot put his food or toys in his crate because he still is guarding them. Teddy still loves people and dogs and his manners are definitely improving. Teddy loves to play fetch. He has a very high ball drive. His handler uses the ball for training like he does with the food bowl. The fact that Teddy is showing improvement after only 2 weeks is very promising.
Weeks 3,4,5. Teddy continues to improve. His handler has been working daily on desensitizing him on his bowl guarding. His recall is also showing great improvement, especially when he is playing with the other dogs. Teddy is still showing some reactivity in his crate when his handler approaches, but he believes that Teddy is easily frightened. Teddy's handler fully expects his bowl aggression will completely disappear, and at Week 5 it's practically gone. Teddy is a fun-loving dog who loves to play with the other dogs and LOVES playing fetch. He also loves people!!
Week 6. Teddy shows improvement with each week he is in the program. His bowl guarding has significantly improved, but still needs work. The only time Teddy shows reactivity in his crate is when he is sleeping and is suddenly awakened. He is a beautiful, happy boy who loves to play with all the other dogs and adores attention from people. He is no longer jumping on people when they approach,. His handler believes we can eventually get a handle on his bowl guarding issues.