River

River is an 8 mo. old male Husky X.  He arrived in the program on 9-10-19.  If you would be interested in adopting River when he completes the program, please contact his Rescue, Friends Fur Life Rescue, at info@friendsfurliferescue.com.

Week 1.  Handler's initial assessment of River:  He is very energetic and playful.  He doesn't exhibit any resource guarding issues (tested with food bowl and toys with no reaction).  He doesn't appear to have any anxiety or aggression issues.  He appears to be very well socialized with humans and other dogs.  His only problem seems to be basic manners.  He is the perfect candidate for this program and should excel.  His training will focus on basic obedience and manners.  His Handler has been working on basic obedience and manners.  River's focus is on playing with the others dogs.  River is a young dog (still basically a puppy).  Getting his attention and teaching him to focus on his Handler is still in the early stages.

Week 2.  River's issues coming into the program were mainly basic obedience.  In the 2 weeks since he arrived, he has shown significant improvement.  He has graduated to leash walking without a harness (just using the collar) and unlimited access to the cell and housing unit.  His accuracy with commands has improved to about 60% with sit, down and leave it.  His recall (without any distractions) is about 70% and his stay is about 50%.  His crate training is almost complete.  His main issue is distractions with other dogs (he just wants to play with all of them).  River has not shown any signs of resource/food/treat guarding, dog or people reactivity.  He has bad manner with other dogs (plays too hard) but when checked by another dog, he shows absolutely no aggressiveness.  He's also learning to be more calm when meeting people.  His excitement and exuberance tends to overwhelm him when meeting and greeting people.  He's really such a happy boy and loves attention.

Week 3.  River's training is progressing nicely.  He is beginning to calm down and now learning to control his energy.  He is responding to the obedience training very well.  He still has some issues with focusing and concentration which his Handler believes will disappear as he gets a lilttle older.  His interactions with people are showing very good improvement (excitability, jumping, etc.).  His interactions with the other dogs is still his main issue.  He does not fully understand dog language, continuing to jump and play even when the other dog checks him/gives him a warning.  River assumes everything is play.  His handler will be focusing on this behavior with positive reinforcement.  He just needs to learn dog manners.  Other than that, he has no issues with people, resource or food guarding.

Week 4.  30 Day Handler Assessment.  River's basic obedience training is going well.  He is grasping the concept of all the cues/commands.  His socializing with other dogs is getting better.  He is starting to understand "dog language".  His human interaction is still very good.  His housebreaking is almost complete.  His only issues is his energy level.  He lacks control and can be impulsive.  Otherwise, he is progressing nicely.  River has not displayed any reactivity towards people or dogs.  Nor has he displayed any signs of resource guarding.  His only issuer is his manners and they have significantly improved.  He is retaining the commands well and has begun to associate them with other people.  All-in-all, he is progressing well.