Tillie

Tillie is a 5 yr old female hound/lab mix.  She arrived in the program 8-23-19.If you would be interested in adopting her when she completes the program, please contact Linda Domer at ldomer84@yahoo.com or 301-800-6102

Week 1.  Tillie is adjusting to her new environment.  New dogs spend the first couple weeks becoming familiar with their new surroundings and people.  Nothing significant to report this week. She responds to cues/commands sit and is learning to loosh leash walk.

Week 2.  Tillie has settled in quite well with her handler and the her new environment.  She is a sweet girl who loves people and affection.  Her handler is beginning to start work on her dog reactivity.  Our trainer is working closely with the handlers who currently have dogs assigned to them who are reactive towards other dogs (we have 3 dogs with the same issue in the program). She alerts with barking whenever people or dogs walk past her home/crate area.

Week 3.  Tillie is a sweet and loving dog who loves attention.  She's still reactive to other dogs but can walk by them without any reaction.  If they get too close (in her personal space) she will definitely react.  Her Handler is working with her to try to desensitize her.  She's still very new to the program.

Week 4.  Tillie is showing great improvement.  Her reactivity to other dogs (the calmer ones) seems to be diminishing, except for those that are very energetic and "in-your-face".  She is still being kept on leash when other dogs are around (they too are on leash).  With people, she is just a sweet, loveable girl who adores attention.   She is very playful and loves to run.  She is also doing very well with her cues/commands.  At this point, we are not allowing other dogs to interact with her, but she does well when the dogs are on leash and sitting with their Handlers.

Week 5.  Tillie is very friendly when meeting people.  Very approachable with no negative reaction to people.  She shows no signs of resource or food aggression/guarding.  Tillie allows her Handler to remove or take away "stolen" items like tissue, socks, shoes, etc.  Her Handler is addressing her "stealing" ways :-)  She continues to be reactive towards other dogs when they are near (5-10 feet).  She is easily redirected by her Handler's commands when she displays dog reactivity.  She knows her cues/commands sit, down, wait and sit-to-stay.  Her leash walking has greatly improved.  She loves to run around the yard.  She also had begun to walk and play with Archer while off-leash.  Sad for her but great for Archer that he was adopted!  But this was a good first step for Tillie.

Week 6.  This week's training occurred in intervals from 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.  Training goals for this week were sit-to-say at up to 6 ft., wait, paw (touch).  Tillie is friendly when meeting people.  She is very approachable.  She has not shown any negative reactions towards people nor any signs of resource guarding.  Tillie allows her Handler to remove "stolen" items (e.g. tissues, socks, shoes, dropped food) and is working on her "stealing" issues :-)  She continues to be reactive to other dogs, but now only when they are nearby (within 10 ft.) and she responds to her Handler's commands when redirecting her reactivity.  Her reactivity appears to also be selective, as she actually played off-leash with Archer.  Tillie responds well to her cues/commands (sit, down and wait) and has shown major improvement with her leash walking.

Week 7. This week's training addressed her sit-to-stay at 10 ft. for 20 seconds or more, greeting people without jumping, and "back-the-dog up" to 6 ft.  Her training continues to produce positive results.  Tillie is very friendly when meeting people.  She loves to receive attention and affection.  She still tends to want to jump up when she gets excited meeting new people.    She has improved a great deal with her dog reactivity behavior.  Tillie will ignore and tolerate other dogs, providing they are not within her immediate area (6-10 ft.).  She has begun to understand that negative and aggressive behavior to other dogs is not desired.  She will cease her aggressive behavior when cued to "leave it".

Week 8.  Tillie's Handler continues to address her basic obedience.  She is understanding she cannot jump on people when greeting them.  Her dog reactivituy continues to show improvement and responds to her Handler well when directed to "leave it".  Tillie is a very happy, energetic dog who truly enjoys the company of humans.  

Week 9.  Tillie is showing great progress with her basic obedience (particularly jumping on people).  She loves human interaction, and will focus on people when they are showing her affection, which distracts her from reacting to the other other dogs.  There are a couple dogs she is showing interest in playing, but at this point she is not allowed off-leash in the yard when other dogs are present.  She is quite the happy dog and would make a wonderful addition to a home that only wants a single dog.  If you give her belly rubs, she will be your friend for life!!

Week 10.  Tillie continues to show improvement.  She is very good when she is given a cue/command, and appears to be a little less reactive with a couple of the other dogs.  She is a real love bug, but is also showing she can be polite with people (compared to when she first arrived).  She has a sweet nature about her, and will be your best friend if you give her belly rubs.  

Week 11.  Tillie is really showing great progress with regards to her good behavior.  She barely jumps on people and will immediately respond to her Handler's command to get down.  She is such an affectionate girl.  Still needs work with her interactions with other dogs.  She doesn't go "bat crazy" like she did when she arrived, but she still reacts to most of the other dogs.  Still a work in progress.

Week 12.  Handlers were given a "pass" for journals this week due to Thanksgiving.

Week 13.  Tillie is very friendly, approachable and affectionate with all people she meets.  Tillie becomes reactive towards other dogs.  She is also selective with the dogs.  Some she will playfully interact without any problems.  If she is around other dogs who are reactive, she immediately reacts..  The best way to interact Tillie with another dog is to have her sit still within 20-30 ft. of the other dog so she can observe the other dog's behavior and demeanor.  If she senses the other dog to be aggressive or guarded, she will either react or turn away to ignore the dog.  If she selects to interact with another dog she will go into a playful "puppy "bow" indicating she is comfortable and wants to play.  Tillie walks well on leash, but does still tend to pull on occassion.  She easily redirects by either calling her name or stopping in place.  She is highly treat/food motivated which has made it easy for her to learn her cues/commands (sutm down, stay, leave it [redirection cue], off, ah-ah.  She also has excellent recall.  She would be best suited as an only dog.  

Week 14.  Tillie continues to respond well to her training.  She is very good at her cues/commands, and has improved significantly with her reactivity to other dogs.  Tillie is very approachable, friendly and affectionate with all people she meets.  She can still be reactive towards some other dogs, especially if the other dog is also reactive or new to her.  Her reactivity appears to be mainly defensive.  She will become aggressive if another dog displays/initiates aggression.  She has mastered her basic cues/commands (sit, stay, down, wait, leave it, let's go, off) and walks very well on leash.  Tillie also has begun to chase birds as they fly away!!

Week 15.  Tillie is doing remarkable.  She is interacting with more of the other dogs and is learning to play with them.  She still does become reactive with the other reactive dogs.  She adores people and is very friendly.  She tends to get a little too excited when people come to visit her, but she listens to her Handler when he corrects her.  She is so full of love and is a very happy and sweet girl.  She would well in a home environment with older kids and/or adults, just because of her size and her level of excitement.

Week 16.  Tillie continues to improve with every week she is in the program.  She adores people but can still become over-excited trying to get their attention and interact with them.  Her Handler continues to work on helping her contain her excitement with people. She is such a sweet girl who is very active and loves to play.  She is doing very well with her cues/commands.  Compared to what she was like when she came in, she has improved ten-fold.  She is very active and will need a home that can keep her properly exercised and engaged. She is also easily distracted from the dogs she does not interact well with.