Thursday, 24 April 2014
“Hounder is doing very well this week. His sit, stay, leave it, down and walking are very good. He also has been doing very well with people. Hounder spent a lot of time outside, because of the good day's we been having. He’s a good dog, just waiting to be adopted to a good home.”
Hounder’s handlers report that “he did very good on his ‘leave it’ command all week. His stay is also getting better with this come command.” They also tell us that there is a cat outside the building every night and Hounder never chases it. “He does go after groundhogs, but every good hound dog does. Although this pup still gets nervous around groups of people, his handlers continue to take him around as many people as possible to help his issue. He also gets excited when “certain” women come around. “We’re working on that.” Hounder’s handlers, and all of us HOPE that this sweet boy soon finds a forever home. Could that be you?
Hounder's handlers focused on his training this week. "He shows great improvement on his willingness to learn and focus." In fact, this pup was awarded gold stars for doing very well on all of his commands (recall, stay, sit, down, leave it and touch). As for his temperament, "Hounder shows a great deal of love and would make a great family dog." Is there good news in this pup's future? Stay tuned!
“Hounder did good concentrating this week. He locked eyes with a groundhog and they stared at each other for close to an hour. He and Colby also have been acting like brothers and playing together a lot.” Hounder received gold stars for “doing very well with his walking and staying this week. He is also not as scared when meeting new people.” All of us associated with the program give you gold stars too, Hounder!
Hounder’s handlers report that “we been taking him around to meet people and trying to walk him into groups of people. He is doing a lot better with these things. His sit, down stay, shake and leave are also all good.” Hounder has spent most of his life in a rescue facility and a prison. He is a sweet boy, but potential adopters may take moment of “paws” to bring him into their home because of his age. We HOPE someone will soon see Hounder for the dog that he was, the one that he has become and accept him as a loving family member!
Hounder’s handlers report that he continues to progress with learning his crawling skills. This pup excelled with his sit, down and stay commands, and “his recalls are good. He’s also learning how to “touch. He seems to be easy to teach, so more tricks are on the way! Hounder can still be shy at times meeting new people, but he did good with that too this week.” Like Colby, Hounder had his first experience as a HOPE Ambassador at Pride Fest this past weekend. Quite frankly, the volunteers were a little concerned about how he would react with so many people around him, but this pup was a trooper! We were all very proud of how he interacted with the folks who approached him! We know that his handlers were happy to hear how well he did at the event! Keep showing confidence, Hounder! You’re a keeper!
Hounder’s handlers tell us that he showed great improvement towards strangers. “He is letting people pet him more & even going up to new people.” This pup got kudos from his handlers for his basic commands, and “his focus shows improvement too. He is working on a new trick (crawling). Training aside “shows a lot of love & respect towards us & anyone who is walking him. He would make a great family dog.”
This week, Hounder worked on noble walking and meeting new people. “He still has his days when he gets scared at times when there are a lot of people around, but he is doing good when he can stay focused.” Hounder’s handlers also awarded him gold stars for his sit, down, stay, touch and walking skills! This gentle boy is so ready for a family of his home. Paw crossed you find one soon, Hounder!
This week Hounder’s handlers report that “he did very good on recalls & meeting the new dogs. He seems to focus much better now too. We continue to play games with him which seems to help him focus. Hounder is starting to relax around strangers too.” Each week bring more progress, sweet boy! We’re proud of you!
Hounder’s handlers report this week that “he’s good with his sit, stay, wait, down and touch it commands. He still doesn’t like to be around a lot of people, but we are trying to introduce him to strangers every day“.
Hounder’s handlers worked on teaching him to go touch one of them at the command of the other. This pup also “loves to play a game called ‘find it.’ We hide things and he sniffs them out.” Hounder also is “really good with his basic commands, and is very good with walking without a leash and remaining by your side.” Now this pup needs some family members to call his own so that he can remain by their side for the rest of his days.
Hounder concentrated on staying focused and meeting new people this week. His handlers awarded him gold stars for his listening to them for his stay, sit and down commands! “He also walks very well with us without a leash. Hounder has a game he loves to play and its finding things.” The most important thing Hounder needs to find is a forever home. Could that be you? We HOPE so!
Hounder’s new handlers tell us that they continued to work on his focus and staying calm around people this week. “His focus shows improvement. He does very well with his sit, shake, stay until called and leash walking. He continues to be shy around people, but that shows improvement too. Once he gets to know you, he is a very loveable and calm dog.”
Hounder’s handlers report that he had another great week. They reviewed his basic commands (sit, stay, watch, me down, leave it, wait and recalls). This pup knows a few tricks as well (paw, touch, knee and sit pretty, to name a few). He also walks very well on-leash. As you now from reading Hounder’s bio, he loves being outside. “He went to the dog yard a lot this week and had so much fun rolling around and playing peek-a-boo. We also played a little tug of war, but that only lasted a few minutes until he lost interest. Hounder is more than ready for adoption. If you are looking for a dog who knows his commands, tricks and listens well, look no further!”
Hounder had another relaxing week. He went out to the dog yard to work on his commands with not only his handler, but some different ones. “Hounder seemed pretty comfortable with them. He was doing tricks for them and came to them when they called to him.” This pup also accompanied his handlers when they mowed the dog yard. “Hounder was kind of scared of the mower. He seems to like lounging and taking in all of the smells rather than playing fetch, although he does like chasing the bees around that fly by. Since he’s an older dog, we don’t blame him for wanting to relax. So, if you’re looking for the company of a good, relaxing dog who loves the outdoors, Hounder is the dog for you.”
Hounder had a fun week working on his commands and playing in the yard. His handlers are currently working on this pup’s spin and roll over skills. “He seems to be getting the hang of it, but he needs more work. He is very smart, so we know that he’ll succeed.” Hounder continues to love chasing the groundhogs, rabbits and geese around the doggie yard. “You could even take him boating, fishing or even sky-diving [LOL].” Okay, maybe sky-diving wouldn’t be in his future, but Hounder “is very calm and loves being outside, and he’s good with the other dogs and people.” Here’s to adventures in your forever home, Hounder!
“Hounder had another great week this week.” His handlers concentrated his training on his stay and recall skills. “He amazes us at how quickly he learns and catches on to new things. He started out not doing great with his stays. But, by the end of the week, he would stay while we walked to the opposite end of the yard and called his name.” Hounder’s handlers also worked on his basic skills “so whoever ends up adopting him will be a very happy dog owner.” They are HOPING that their pup will be able to be a good companion to a forever family soon!
“Hounder continues to do well with his training! We constantly strive to teach him new things as well as to keep him up on his basic cues. He’s very smart, learns quickly and has a very good memory. If you are looking for a great dog, Hounder would be the choice for an addition into your family.”
Field Trip Alert (as told my HOPE volunteer Margie): Hounder had an afternoon out of the prison on Sunday. We drove over to the college - Hounder was calm in the car and enjoyed the ride, wearing a smile that would melt anyone's heart. We started with the long lead so that Hounder could relax and enjoy himself. He seems to love being outside, smelling all the different smells. We practiced some recalls, and even when he was completely engrossed in something, he still responded. Sometimes it was harder than others, and some of the recalls were more enthusiastic than others but he really did a good job making the right choice, especially for having been in the program for such a short time. We also practiced the "wait" command. I'd let him get about 25 feet ahead and then tell him to "wait". Then I started walking up to him - if he moved I'd step on the leash and tell him to "wait". Hounder's a quick study and started to catch on very quickly. I was really impressed. After a while, we put on his regular 6 ft lead and again he was impressive. Hounder came in to the prison with no leash manners and now his loose leash walking is amazing - there was hardly any pulling. As we walked through campus and passed some people he would just very politely take a quick sniff and move on. Hounder got to experience a train going by as we walked around. He was interested in it, but remained completely calm. Same thing when a couple of students passed by on skate boards. Hounder is so calm and laid back, especially for a dog that's been in rescue for the last 7 years. This boy will be earning a lot more furloughs for his good behavior.