Stewie is a 7 month old puppy who was in danger of being put into a situation that likely would not have been in his best interest. A dog-loving soul stepped into the situation and gave him all the medical attention he had been lacking. He is now up to date with his veterinarian care. The rescuer loved him enough to know that, because she already has several animals of her own, she couldn't keep him. She also knew he would need training to allow him to become the best Stewie he can be! She turned him over to Furry Friend's Network in order for him to enter the HOPE program. Stewie has completed his basic obedience course and is ready for adoption! He needs to go to a home with another dog. http://furryfriendsnetwork.com/adopt/our-expectations/
"Stewie left this afternoon (6/5) to go to his forever home. I am sad to see him go, but very excited for him and his new family. Everyone here will miss Stewie very much. He brightened up so many people's day when they would see him. This is what I love so much about these dog programs in the prisons. It's good for the dogs and good for us. We help them become better adoptable dogs and we can give something back to society. Plus, the dogs are good for the prison staff too. I would like to give a shout-out to the family who adopted Stewie and say thank you for giving him a second chance! To all of Stewie's on-line followers who have fallen in love with him, thank you! Please tell your family, friends, and neighbors to go on the HOPE dog's site and see the wonderful things going on. There's a lot of work that has to be done to get these rescue dogs into a wonderful home. Also, special gratitude and appreciation to the HOPE personnel who make all this possible for us. Your dedication and tireless work does not go unnoticed."
Stewie has figured out how to slow Gia down when they’re outside playing. He will get her collar and hold on for dear life! She will pull him like a sled dog all over the dog yard. She doesn’t seem to mind him doing this, which is good for Stewie. He is such a happy-go-lucky mug!
He got a new leash last Friday and I’m happy to say, it’s still intact. He has really slowed down on his leash biting and now when he tries it I tell him, “Leave it” and he does!
On some of the hot days we’ve had he loves to get wet. He likes the water hose! At first he tried to fight it, but he has realized how good it feels.
His focus (without treats) around other people and dogs still needs work. He’s a curious pup and wants to see what everyone else is doing. He will sit outside and watch all the activity for long periods of time.
I am very lucky to have the privilege of helping Stewie be a loyal, adoptable dog and can’t wait for Stewie to live with a forever family.
With all the rain that we've had lately, Stewie has been a little depressed. He doesn't like being out in the rain, other than to potty quickly, and then immediately heads back to the block. A few times we were able to get out to the dog yard between rain showers so he and Gia could run around and tussle. When play time is over, Stewie is green from head to toe! The the white patch on his chest turns grass green! Both he and Gia miss their play time, so when they cross paths on the tier it's "go time!" They play so well together and have perfected a good "ground and pound" on each other.
"I've been leaving Stewie out of his crate when I'm not in the cell for a little bit and sneaking back to check on him. He has been a very good boy! He hasn't destroyed anything and seems to just chill while he's out and I'm gone. His play game is definitely coming along with the other dogs. He used to just go to his back, but now he's not always just letting them get the best of him. His coordination is improving and he has learned to use his legs to wrestle. He doesn't get overly aggressive, even when little Calvin goes beast mode. He's a playful pup and loves any attention. I've tried to get him to play fetch, but so far he has no interest. He loves to chew his Nylabone and enjoys digging treats out of his Kong."
Stewie has been out I our dog yard a lot this past week, running around and playing off leash with Gia. They make quite the pair, but he can barely keep up with her. She’s quick! When he starts to tire out, I’ll run through his obedience commands a few times. His stay only lasts about a minute and a half. Once he gets bored he can’t help but get distracted and move.
He has started to purr like a cat when I rub his ears, head and back. He goes into a deep trance, like a quick cat nap. When he wakes up and looks around it’s like he doesn’t even know where he’s been the past few minutes.
Stewie brings the block so much joy! He loves everyone so much and has a lot of love to give. He is deserving of a forever home. I don’t think anyone would regret adding him to their pack.
Stewie has been very active this past week. He is running around so happy with this nice weather in the yard. He loves playing with Gia and trying to catch her. Gia is so much faster than Stewie, but he really tries to keep up with her. When they're both finally tired, they lay on the grass, side-by-side, panting and smiling. He'd make a great companion for another dog. Also, now that the weather is warming up outside, the AC is kicking in the cell, so Stewie has taken to snuggling under blankets in the bunk.
We've been working on "down" and "sit with a stay" and me walking him 360 degree turns. He's able to do this now and we are increasing his walking distances without pulling.
Progress is slow on the loose-leash walking. He still tends to go wherever he wants, whenever he wants, but I have confidence in him.
Stewie is starting to master the "leave it" command! He's doing really well with toys and now we're adding food and treats. He is so food motivated that it bugs him to "leave" a treat, and he will whine a little. We continue to reinforce "leaving it" with good stuff, like a treat! Even his whining is cute, but I don't give in. We are also working on the duration of "stay" and he's doing well when there aren't too many distractions. He is so curious about his world and if other dogs are out and about working, it's really hard. But he is learning that treats come when he works for them.
Everyone keeps saying how much Stewie has grown in the 5 weeks he has been here. He's still such a puppy though and I know he's going to grow into a loving dog.
Stewie had been doing better walking on leash until this week. When out alone with few distractions, he does great. With distractions, he tries to go wherever he wants. I will occasionally switch to using his harness, instead of collar, and that hasn’t made a difference. It has been a struggle this week, but I’m determined to help him learn that loose leash walking is more rewarding. We’ve also been out in the dog yard as much as possible this week, running around chasing leaves and a ball. (Regression is not uncommon as puppies hit their second fear stage.)
"Stewie has had a great week. He's not pulling on the leash as much as the first 3 weeks. When people call his name, or he sees staff that usually love up on him, he wants to charge over to them. He has a new best friend, Calvin. Those two love to play and wrestle. They even mimic each other in a 'monkey see, monkey do' game.
Stewie's adult teeth are coming in and I have found three puppy teeth so far. He loves to chew on his toys. It relaxes him.
His recall is good and he is very observant on what's going on around him."
“Stewie is getting the hang of loose leash walking. He still has work to do when he gets too excited. He loves his rope toy and playing tug-of-war. I let him win most of the time. He knows “drop it” and will let go on command. If he gets too excited and starts play growling I have him drop it and lay down. Then we can start again. It’s a good outlet for him to burn off energy. The truth is, it’s hard to say no to the little guy because he looks at you with those eyes and he’s so adorable! He gets gold stars this week for being so social on visitation to the other units. He loves everyone and adores all the attention.”
“This past week I have been working with Stewie walking on the leash. When using his regular collar, he likes to pull and if he gets bored he tries to bite his leash. I started using his regular harness and he walks with me much better. He’s able to walk on a loose leash most of the time. His sit, lay down, and stay, are getting longer in duration and he seems to relax when doing so. In the sit-stay and down stay position, I’m almost able to walk around him a leash length away. When I’m at 180 and he can’t turn his head to see me, he moves. He’s yet to figure out to turn his head in the opposite direction. Silly puppy!
Whenever I replenish his water bowl, or when feeding him, I ask him for a sit-stay, away from where his bowls are placed. Once I’m ready, I release him.
He has a lot more stamina now, and loves the fenced in dog yard and running off leash. He loves to chase after balls and he’s even brought the ball back to me a few times. His recall is good, but when other dogs are around he does get distracted.
Stewie has had only a couple of accidents and it’s really only when he gets so excited when playing. He’s doing great with the other dogs and is always ready to play. He has played the most with Reggie and gets to do so a few times a day.
He also enjoys playing with his toys and when I tell him “out” he will release it.
Stewie gets gold stars for doing auto sits at doors and when out walking when I stop. He takes treats gently and is also behaving well with the other trainers in the program when they take him out while I’m at work. It’s good that he can transfer his skills with another person!”
“Stewie arrived this week and we bonded very fast. He has settled in quickly to his new environment. The first two days all I did was take him for short walks and let him get accustomed to his new environment. We are working on his loose leash walking skills and making sure he knows that it’s not okay to be mouthy. He's still a puppy! If his energy level gets too high, he will bite his leash, so I redirect his focus until he can calm down. When we are out in the closed dog yard he will run around, but when he starts to get tired, he tries to make a game out of biting my pants leg. Again, I have to redirect his puppy attention.
Stewie is doing well around all the people, and loves all the attention he gets. He is very food motivated and is able to sit, lie down, and do short stays. He has not exhibited any resource guarding. Before he eats, he will sit and stay until I put his food in his bowl. Then I release him to eat. I do the same thing whenever I refresh his water bowl. He loves toys, especially the old soccer balls. He has started to bring me balls when I call him and is learning, “Drop it.” He loves to lay down with me in the evenings and around 10 PM he goes to his crate. When I leave for work around 4:30 AM he stays in his crate and I often just come back later to take him outside for bathroom breaks. He has not shown any separation anxiety, but he is so happy when I come back and forth from work. He is doing well taking his bathroom duties outside, with only two accidents when he just got here. He is a quick learner and I’ve been able to spend at least 10 minutes at a time, five times a day on specific training. Short bursts of training seem to suit him so he doesn’t get bored too quickly. He is such a quick learner, I am already able to cut down on treats for some of his basics. So far Stewie seems to like the other dogs and wants to play. Because Stewie is new and he was just neutered he isn’t able to play as much as he’d like, but all of his introductions have gone well and he did get to spend a little time with Reggie.”