Week 15
“Lion listens well and he does well with verbal correction.  He has come a long way from when he first came into the program.  He has opened up to everything and he loves to meet new people.  Lion will be a great addition to the right household." Has this pup found the right household?  Stay tuned!

Week 14
“Lion knows all the basics…sit, stay, down, heel, speak, roll over, paw, play dead, bow, etc.  He’s a show dog.  Lion is beginning to look more and more like a cute, fuzzy teddy bear-like dog.  His sad puppy eyes beneath a flower’s field of fur is adorable.  His floppy ears are adorned with ruffles, and watching his big floppy paws while he’s engaged in play is hilarious.  In short, Lion is a cute lady magnet.”

Week 13
“This week, as, always, I observed his progress.  I worked with Lion’s fetch skills.  Like most dogs, he absolutely loves that game.  Once he hears the squeak from his toy, he knows it’s time to play.  So to watch him get all excited in anticipation is amusing.  It’s funnier watching his clumsy ‘teddy bear-like feet’ move fanatically chasing the toy.  There are ‘nada’ barriers to Lion’s adoption.”

Week 12
“Lion knows all of his basic commands.  He’s not struggling with anything in particular, although he does have moments when he tends to, not ignore, but procrastinate when given ‘trick’ commands. This week we had plenty of snow.  Me, personally, I hate the cold, but Lion loves the snow.  So, I actually wrestled with him in the cold, cold snow.  I mean we were acting like kids rolling around and kicking up snow.  I only gave him five minutes of this before my hands, feet and face went numb.”   You have your handler wrapped around your paw, little Lion!

Week 11
“Lion does well with all of his basic commands.  He does good with verbal correction as well. He has adjusted so well since he’s been here.  His food aggression has improved greatly and he gets along with the other dogs.  He is an obedient dog who loves to play and also be petted.

Week 10
Lion’s handlers tell us that “he is doing well in the program.  We have been focusing a lot on his obedience training, and in two months he has learned both verbal and non-verbal commands.”  Training aside, his handlers also conveyed that “Lion’s fur has grown back.  When he first came here, he actually resembled a lion.  Now that his fur has grown back and his temperament has calmed, his name no longer fits his appearance.  Lion is a cute, cuddly, well-trained dog with floppy ears, big ‘Thumper’ rabbit paws, short curly hair, and those sad dog eyes that cocker spaniels usually have.”  As his handlers reported last week, they feel that there is nothing keeping him from being adopted.  Is anyone out there ready to give Lion his forever home?  Paws crossed, little boy!

Week 9
“As I observe the way Lion plays with the other dogs, I’ve begun to notice how much slower he moves with them.  Compared to the younger dogs, one can see the age in him.  It’s funny, because he reminds me of an older man who has approached that ‘mid-life’ crisis stage.  The man who tries to stay up all night in the club with the younger men.  Well, that’s a characteristic of Lion.  He attempts to keep up with the young bucks.  It’s amusing watching this unfold.  But, nonetheless, he has a heart of a Lion.  He never gives up.  At this point, I believe there is nothing that would keep him from being adopted.”

Week 8
“Lion’s basic obedience…check!  About 10 different tricks…check!  Resource guarding issue resolved…check mate!!!  The snow finally melted away, meaning Lion couldn’t play around in that.  Instead, he opted to prance around in the water puddles.  He doesn’t just dive in like most dogs would, but instead, he prances like a trained pony.  Then, he’ll ‘freeze’ in place with one front paw held up like a sophisticated tea drinker (with the pinky at attention).”  Keep up the good work, and amusing your handlers, Lion!

Week 7
“Lion has become very obedient.  He stays for long periods of time, even with distractions.  Sometimes he can be stubborn, but I play the waiting game. Eventually, he will submit and do whatever I ask him to do.  Lion loves to play with people and the other dogs.  Being that there’s still snow outside, Lion is still enjoying it.  If he isn’t jumping around in it, he’s eating it.  He’ll pick up small chunks of ice and run around with it in his mouth.  Other times, he’ll bring it to me and drop it at my foot, which means he wants to play fetch.  I oblige because I enjoy watching him play in the snow.  There isn’t anything that is keeping Lion from being adopted. He will be a great addition to the right family.”

Week 6
Lion’s handlers report that “he has learned many verbal and non-verbal cues such as sit, stay, down, wait, speak, bow and high five, among other things.  We’re working on roll over, which he is catching onto fairly well.  He no longer struggles with resource guarding.  Because of his age and temperament, he will tend to be stubborn at times.  It’s not a big issue, but it is something I am working on. Lion thoroughly enjoyed the snow this week.  At first, he seemed a little skittish when walking in it, but after a few moments, he began to hop around in it like a bunny.  The funniest thing is that most of his body was covered in it, so the only time you could really see him is when he was jumping through it.  Then, at other times he would pick up hardened pieces of it and just run with it.  He looked like he really enjoyed the snow, so naturally, I took several pictures of him in his element.”

Week 5
Lion’s handlers report that “he does really well with most all of his basic commands.  When focused on you, he’ll do just about anything you ask. He also has made improvements and is still getting better with his food aggression.  Lion is extremely playful.  He plays well with the other dogs and he attaches to people very quickly.  He craves attention, but not overly so.  He is the kind of dog that will cling to anyone.  When people pet him, he’ll actually rub his face and body against that person the way cats do, so his name is definitely fitting.”

Week 4
Lion’s handlers are happy to report that his resource guarding issue continues to improve.  This pup can be stubborn, but he it’s easy to teach him new things.  “This week, we focused on the ‘down’ position, and he caught on quickly. Lion is highly treat motivated, which makes keeping his attention somewhat not too difficult.  He does great with every dog here.  He’s very playful.  Lion also loves to rub up against people the way a cat does.  That may be where his name comes from.”

Week 3
Lion’s handlers tell us he continues to progress with his studies.  “In just the little under three weeks that he’s been her, he has learned sit, stay, down, speak, paw and bow.  Of course, he hasn’t mastered those verbal cues as of yet, but he is easily lured into those positions accompanied by the verbal cue.  Lion is also a lot friendlier.  When he first came to the program, he was mean and moody.  He also definitely had a resource guarding issue, but now he’s improved dramatically. He is coming along nicely, and will be a great addition to the right family.  He is energetic, loves to play, and listens and responds to most any request he is given.” Keep up the good work, Lion!

Week 2
Lion’s handlers tell us that “he has been doing pretty good since he has been here, he has to get used to his surroundings  As expected, like most Cocker Spaniels, he learns very quickly.  In a few short intervals, he picks up on whatever I present to him. He learned how to loose-leash walk and I worked pretty much non-stop on his “leave-it” cue. He has definitely learned to be obedient in that aspect (with the help of high valued meats and a lot of praise).  The more comfortable Lion gets, the more he opens up and the more he enjoys meeting new people and trying new things.”  What a great second report, Lion!

Week 1
Little Lion is the new kid on the block.  His handlers report that for the most part, they spent the week mostly observing him.  “He is still adjusting to his surroundings, but each day, it seems like he’s becoming more comfortable.  He enjoys meeting new people, and it doesn’t seem like he has any problems with the other dogs.”  Lion’s major issue right now is his resource guarding.  His handlers focused on that behavior and he is already beginning to understand ‘leave it’ pretty quickly.  He also does good with some basic commands, and he listens pretty good.  He is very treat motivated which makes teaching him new things or getting him to do something a little easier.”  As for his personality, Lion’s handlers tell us that “his haircut is somewhat an ode to his name.  He has a brown bushy tail, a beard under his chin, and the rest of his body’s fur sits approximately a centimeter or two from his skin.  A very short cut.  He resembles a lion, and his demeanor could remind you of one.  He’s small, but he has an aura of authority about him and yet he’s people friendly.”  We’re happy to meet you, Lion, and can’t wait to hear about your journey through the program!