Kurt is a 3 yr old male hound mix. He arrived in the program on 11-27-19. If you would be interested in adopting Kurt when he completes the program, please contact his Rescue, MCACAC (Montgomery County Animal Care and Control), at email@example.com or (540) 382-5795.
Week 1. Kurt just arrived. The Handlers were given a "pass" for journals this week due to Thanksgiving.
Week 2. Kurt has become relatively comfortable in his new environment. He doesn't like to be touched on his head until he starts to trust a person. He doesn't growl, just backs away. Letting him smell and petting under his chin works well (this is the proper way to always approach a dog, so this isn't particular to Kurt). Once he knows and trusts, he likes to nibble on you (seriously, not biting but nibblilng :-) Large groups of people and the associated noise makes him nervous. Right now he is easily startled. He has very good manners when it comes to sit and wait, and his Handler is working on down and paw. He also does very well on loose leash walking. He enjoys playing with people he is familar with and the other dogs. Right now, he really doesn't like to be left alone, but his Handler is addressing that separation anxiety behavior. His issue was dog aggression, but so far he hasn't exhibited any aggressive behavior towards the other dogs.
Week 3. Kurt is getting more comfortable with his surroundings. He still loves to play with the other dogs and hasn't shown any signs of dog aggression. Right now his Handler is polishing up his basic cues/commands. Right now his only issue appears to be some separation anxiety. He is a very happy dog. He still gets startled and is a bit nervous with large groups of people and the noise they make. He is showing improvement.
Week 4. Kurt is really a great dog who loves to play with all of the dogs and people. He's starting to learn his basic cues/commands. He is great with his sit and recall, and walks well on the leash. Still working on down and stay. He loves to nibble on people - not biting or mouthing. Just nibbles with his front teeth. It is adorable. He would do well in any environment, with kids or adults, and other dogs. Kurt is a wonderful and charming dog.
Week 5. Kurt continues to do very well. He is a sweet and loving dog and loves people and the other dogs. His Handler is starting to work more on his basic cues/commands. Kurt is a very respectful and polite dog. We don't think he will take much time to learn all the basics. He was supposed to have dog aggression, but from day 1 we have not seen any evidence of it. He plays very well with the other dogs and enjoys their company. And he is such a handsome boy. We're try to get updated pictures and will post as soon as we have them.
Week 6. Kurt is showing very good progress. He's still a little nervous, but that behavior is showing very good progress. Kurt had a vet visit and did very well in the car and at the vet. He seems to be very comfortable and willing to learn. He really is a sweet boy and will make a wonderful companion in any home environment.
Week 7. Kurt is doing very well, but he still is a bit nervous when he hears loud noises/sounds. His little hand nibbles are cute, but his Handler continues to work on stopping him from doing it. Kurt loves to interact with people and the other dogs.. He has learned cues/commands sit and wait. He's not really fond of people touching his feet (he pulls them back). Kurt has great manners and and listens/focuses on his Handler extremely well. He is also good on or off leash and walks well. He really is a sweet boy!
Week 8. Kurt is a sweet and very loving dog. He still is a bit frightened by some of the loud noises and movements in the housing unit. All he needs is a few minutes to get to know you and he becomes an absolute love and your best friend. He really loves to play with both people and dogs. He is doing very well with his basic cues/commands of sit, down, wait and leash walking. Kurt would do best in a home that is active but without a lot of hustle and bustle. Once acclamated to his people and environment, he will be your best friend for life.
Week 9. Kurt is making very significant progress. He still is a little frightened by loud noises, but is learning to deal with it. He is good with people and the other dogs. He wants to play with everyone. He still likes to "nibble" (yes, nibble, not bite) when he is happy or excited, and his Handler is continuing to work on this, but it appears it's a happy, affectionate thing with him. Kurt also loves to sit in front of his Handler and stare at him. Needless to say he has great focus. We believe Kurt would do well in a home with another dog. Our little "Dingo" is a really sweet and loving boy and deserves the very best!!
Week 10. Kurt is showing progress every week. He is becoming less frightened by the sounds in the housing unit. He loves to be outside and play with the other dogs, especially Maggie. Kurt is a sweet, wonderful dog who is going to make a wonderful companion. He really doesn't have much further to go before he is available for adoption!
Week 11. Kurt is still a bit nervous of the sounds around him, and there are some places in the housing unit that scare him. Other than that, he is a really good dog, who likes to nibble to show affection. He is very good with people and the other dogs, especially the female. He gets very excited when he wants to play. He is also very good with his leash walking. He truly loves to sit right in front of you and just stare in your face. He would do well with another dog that is not aggressive or hyper, but loves to play. Whoever adopts him will need to give him the time required to become familiar with a new environment and a new person.