Zoe is a 2 year old Flat Coat/Boykin Spaniel. She arrived Wednesday, March 28, 2018. If you are interested in adopting her after she finishes her time in the program, please contact her Rescue, House of Hope Animal Rescue at email@example.com. You can always submit an application for adoption to the Rescue prior to her completing the program.
Week 1. The first several days Zoe was extremely dog reactive and her human reaction was cool. After a few days it kind of flipped and the dogs could get closer without much reaction. She did snap at a few people who tried to force their attention on her. She was really stressed. Her handler quickly "checks" her during her mishaps and she has calmed down a lot. She still will go up to the other dogs, sniff like she's interested then becomes negatively reactive. She seems to be settling in now and her handler says he will figure out what her other issues are. She also has some resource guarding and nervous eating with her food when another dog gets too close for comfort. Her handler says it appears she is "spoiled" and used to getting her own way, so it takes a stern voice at times to get her to focus.
Week 2. Zoe has settled in better and is less dog reactive, but if another dog reacts first, she will follow suit. She played with Bullet, who unfortunately was adopted, but her handler is working on introducing her to the other dogs. Now that she has settled in her handler will begin working on her cues/commands, along with her dog reactivity. She does show great love for people she knows. She runs right up, then rolls on her back for belly rubs.
Week 3. Zoe has gotten a lot better with her dog reactivity, to the point where most ties she just needs confirmation that everything is ok by a simple "Good Girl Zoe" as she confronts another dog. She's now playing with Alvin and Stella. Her handler is still refining her commnds and teaching her what "No" means. She's also doing much better with new people if allowed to approach them vs. them approaching her. She's making remarkable progress!
Week 4. Zoe is definitely been improving over the past 4 weeks. Her handler is still just mapping out a course and plan on how to consistently curb her dog reactivity. She's pretty good now, but he still would like to have it down to a science of how to handle her reactivity when it arises. She has zero people reactivity and will give you her belly as soon as she has smelled you and deemed you are ok. Her manner are good but not great yet. She is very gentle around confident human and her handler thinks she would be ok with kids, but that still needs to be determined.
Week 5. No Journal received this week, but she appears to be improving and interacting with more of the dogs in the program, as was observed when we were at the prison today (5/4/18)
Week 6. Zoe is doing extremely well with her dog reactivity. She interacts with some of the other dogs extremely well, which is a big step for her. She's great with people so long at you let her come to you to check you out. After that, she immediately rolls over on her back for a belly rub. Regarding her reactivity to some of the other dogs, her handler is developing/finding key words or phrases to incorporate for checking/preventing the reactivity. But she has come very far in the short time she's been here. It's really great to see her enjoy playing with some of the other dogs, something we don't think she ever experienced. She definitely needs someone who is confident with her. But what a baby she is :-)
Week 7. Zoe continues to improve with her dog reactivity. She is less and less reactive to the other dogs except when they try to get in her face. She is wonderful with people once she sniffs you to determine you're ok. Sometimes she will immediately bond with a person, while with other people it may take her a minute (never longer). She is one beautiful girl who would really do great in a home as the only dog.
Week 8. Zoe is getting better each week with regards to her dog reactivity. I've watched her in the yard with the other dogs and she is really showing progress by not reacting to every dog that is near her or walks by her. Her handler is continuing to work hard with her and the fact she is showing progress is exactly what we want to see. She still is a people pleaser and loves human affection. She's not fond of the hot weather, as one would imagine with her black long hair.
Week 9. Zoe continues to show slow but steady progress with her reactivity to the other dogs. She has a few dog friends but others she still has a negative reaction. She doesn't like when another dog gets in her face and is barking or overly excited. Her handler says Zoe can surely co-exist in the same area with other dogs as long as they don't agitate her before she gets comfortable with them.
Week 10. Zoe has become a little off balanced and acting umcharacteristic at times. She still has her dog reactivity issues but lately has been a little off with people. We took her to the vet to make sure that there is nothing physically wrong with her (she's perfectly healthy). Her handler is trying to address these new issues she's developed. This is nothing new for some of the dogs that come into the program so we're not alarmed but she's become a little unpredictable and her handler is working hard to see if he can determine why.
Week 11. Zoe is still lethargic on most days and has begun to occasionally snap at people, even those she knows. She has never done that to her handler. She is taking medication as her tail seems to have been injured and is anyone goes to touch it she will snap. We're giving her a few days to see if the medication works. Whereas she was good with the prison environment, now she seems to be stressed. She's got a great handler so we will see if there is improvement in the next few days.
Week 12. Zoe has become a little more like her old self since she started taking her medication. She's showing more energy. Her handler is still working on her resource guarding of food from other dogs. Her dog reactivity is mild to good so long as the other dog doesn't come at her "fast and furious". She is showing good progress. But it appears she is feeling better and those issues of snapping appear to have disappeared. We all are a little bit snippy when we don't feel good and that seems to have been the case with her.
Week 13. This week Zoe is doding great with people and other dogs. She played very well off leash with the other dogs. There was no reactivity to either people or dogs. Think the medication is doing it's job. She's doing very well with her cues/commands. It is really great news to see Zoe back to her normal, happy self.
Week 13. Zoe is improving but still not back to her "normal" self. She doesn't hang out in front of the cell like she used to. She prefers to ind under the bed instead of her crate. Our trainer has been working with her handler to try to figure out just what is going on with her. Not sure if she's still feeling a bit "puny" and needs more time for her medication to kick in. But she's still sweet and will come up to you so you can pet and love on her.
Week 14. Zoe's temperment this week was "even keel" according to her handler. He said Zoe needs a confident person who will show her that she must show him/her respect and will continue to work with her on a regular basis. She understands when she's exhibiting unacceptable behavior and immediately responds to correction. Zoe is a sweet and gentle soul whot needs someone who will love her and make her feel safe and who she can respect as the one "calling the shots". And she is so beautiful. A thing of beauty to watch her run and play.
Week 15. Zoe's handler said she was lethargic for most of the week. She's been to the vet twice, but physically there doesn't appear to be any major issues. Her handler continues to work on her basic command. Her manners are good. We're hoping we can get her back to her normal self when she loved belly rubs.
Week 16. Zoe was assigned a new handler (her current handler will be leaving the prison soon). This is his first week working with her. She is doing well. She understands her cues/commands. She is very friendly towards some people but is stand-offish with other people. She does ok with some of the dogs but not all. Her new handler noted that she will guard her bowl when people or dogs come around. She will pick it up and take it in her crate and eat later when it's quieter. She will bark at new dogs or a dog that wanders into her space. The handler is working with her on these issues. Zoe walks great on a leash and does love to play with the ball. This week she met new dogs with no reaction or problems but her handler is continuing to work with her on her greetings. I think it's a good sign that she settled in so quickly with her new handler without exhibiting any issues.
Week 17. Zoe did well this week. She played well with the other dogs she likes and was open to meeting new people (on her terms--she needs to initiate the initial meeting). She's still a bit reactive with some of the dogs and new people. She's also doing better not guarding her food bowl. That may have been a reaction to having a new handler. Her handler has said she is great with nose work. She will do well in a home that will not push her, but rather have patience and give her the time to settle in at her own pace.
Week 18. This was a good week for Zoe. She met some new people without any reaction. She didn't show any reactivity towards the new people. She still has some issues with a few of the other dogs, but for the most part does well with most of them. She's really improving with her cues/commands. She is getting the proper corrections from her handler when she does bark at other dogs. She still has some trust issues, and she's no longer guarding her food bowl.
Week 19. No Journals this week. Prison was in lockdown.
Week 20. Zoe is playing very well with all the other dogs. She is getting more comfortable meeting new people as well. Her handler hasn't seen any type of people reactivity or any bowl resource guarding. She will check another dog if it tries to get near her food but there's no follow-up aggression. Her nose work is fantastic. She still has a few trust issues with people she doesn't know but once she is familiar with them, all is good.
Week 21. Zoe continues to do well with all her cues/commands. She continues to become more open towards new people and she's done very well with the new dogs that have joined the program.
Week 22. Zoe continues to show progress with new people. Her trust issues are minimal now. People just need to understand that she needs to be the one to approach and meet new people (as is the case with just about any dog). She is a real sweetheart and is pretty much ready for a furever home.
Week 23. Zoe is ready for a loving furever home. She warms up to new people very quickly now. She's accepting new dogs very well. She needs a home with someone that has time to show her lots of love and is willing to earn her trust.
Week 24. Zoe is doing very well with both people and the other dogs. She now goes to other cells to visit the people! She is great with her cues/commands and plays well with the other dogs off leash. Zoe is ready for thet next step - A FUREVER HOME! She is a very sweet and loving girl.
Week 25. Zoe played very well with new people and with all the other dogs, including the new ones.. Her recall is great and she no longer exhibits any dog reactivity. She is READY TO BE PAROLED!!!
Week 26.. ZOE IS READY!! PERIOD!! Zoe has conquered her reactivity with the other dogs and enjoys playtime. Zoe is a beautiful girl who has greatly benefited from this program. She is ready to take the next step to her FUREVERY HOME!!!
Week 27. Zoe did very well this week. She played extremely well with all of the dogs, and she also met new people with no problems whatsoever. Zoe is ready to find her furever home that will provide her with the love, lots of playtime and all the belly rubs she so very much deserves!!