Trevor is a 6-7 year old Professional Ball Fetcher & All-Around Great Guy. Trevor was found in a rural area over 2 years ago and it was quickly determined that he was a semi-feral dog. He has made wonderful progress in the past 2 years in his foster home, but Trevor needs some extra help with his human socialization skills to get him ready to be adopted. Trevor likes other dogs and has lived with numerous dogs since being in foster care.
“There’s not a whole lot to speak about this week other then that Trevor has been doing well with the newest handler in the program. It takes him awhile to warm up to someone, but he’s getting there slowly but surely. Speaking of warming up to people, greeting his fan club may have taken the place of playing fetch as his highlight of the day. He gets so excited to see them and has been more and more willing to let them pet him. It’s gotten to the point where he pitifully stands at the fence on the weekends and looks for them to come out. Haha.”
“This week Trevor was introduced to the newest member of the program and did fairly well considering how shy Trevor is. He was uncertain and hesitant in the beginning but then we went into the runs and played fetch. That opened him up a little bit and Trevor began to warm up to him. He did so a little too much because he then became fixated on his leg and trying to mount him. The new handler did really good with him by making him sit down and treating that. Trevor also finally allowed his fan club to pet him. He’s reluctant through the fence and it may be out of pity, but pity pets are better than nothing. They put in plenty of time to reach this point so they earned it and it’s nice to see.”
“Like every week, I used fetch to work with Trevor and this week I focused on distance. He gets really excited when we first begin but after a minute or two, he settles down and is focused. After working on “back” for a while, he automatically gives me the ball then backs up. At times, he runs through everything he knows on his own which is funny because he appears to be trying to guess what I want him to do. Anyways, from 6 to 10 feet away, I’ll have him do his commands before throwing the ball for him as a reward. He’s great with everything, but he needs to improve on the duration now because he gets antsy with his down and stays.”
“Once again, there isn’t much to speak about in regards to Trevor other than that his “back” command is improving. When we play fetch in the morning, I’ve been making him back up before I throw the ball and it’s becoming a game in itself with how happily he prances backwards. There was a really funny moment this week involving his fan club and peanut butter. They tried to give him a small cup for him to lick out of, but he was too good for that. He wanted to be hand fed so he held out until he got what he wanted which resulted in a mouth full of peanut butter that he struggled with to the point where it oozed out and occupied him for laps after they left. Haha”
“Our mornings are spent playing fetch and having some fun while reinforcing his commands. At lunch, he meets and greets his fan club as long as the times coordinate. He knows, so it's nice to see how excited he gets when we go out. He's in a rush to get around the building and will look for them and whimper. Afternoons are spent walking around casually with others, mostly Angel and Obie.”
“This week has been a relatively boring one with nothing eventful happening that’s worth mentioning. With that said, there are some updates though… Trevor on the tier is hit or miss depending on what’s going on. Toilet paper being passed out startles him, but I think it’s the commotion of it more so than the toilet paper. Trevor and Obie are doing well together and are around each other regularly in the runs and during walks. They don’t play, but Obie is definitely OK with Trevor. Trevor‘s fan club has him seeking their attention which is great. He’s always looking for them and gets really excited when he sees them. The odd part is that as happy as he gets, when he approaches them, he settles down and is like a cat with greeting them. Ha ha. He’s content with just being around them and rubbing against the fence.”
“Trevor has himself a fan club of staff who stop by to see him daily during lunch. He can’t wait to turn the corner of the block to see if they’re around and when they are, he’ll cry to get to them. He gets really excited, but is still somewhat hesitant for pets. Normally, it’s through the fence but this week they came around to meet him and he did well.... Also, I found out that he is not a fan of doorbells. Haha. He jumped into bed and was sitting there until the Reese’s peanut butter cup commercial came on. It’s for Halloween and the doorbells made him look around, then jump off the bed, and go into the cage. It wasn’t terrifying for him. It was just funny to see since we don’t have doorbells in here.”
“Trevor has continued to get better on the tier and is close to normal again. Obviously when there is a lot of commotion he gets nervous, but I try to avoid that when possible… This week Trevor also did well with Obie in an effort to help him get along with other dogs. Trevor is the perfect dog for such things because of his disposition so hopefully progress continues for Obie... Trevor also has a fan club developing that he willingly greets at the fence although he is snobbish with pets at times.”
"Trevor is still nervous on the tier when there's commotion, but he has improved. When we come in from being outside, his main focus is getting to the cell but he's not as scared as he was a few weeks ago… On a good note, Trevor showed a rare willingness to play in the cell. While I was on my hands and knees sweeping the floor, he approached me and play bowed and then pawed at my hand. It was short-lived as I grabbed a rope toy and had him engaged for about 10 seconds, but it was a first for him inside. He typically reserves playtime for outside. Haha"
"Trevor has been better on the block this week, but he's still skittish when there's activity going on. It can get pretty loud and hectic so it's understandable, but he'll get used to it… Trevor has been spending a lot of time out of his cage this week seeking attention from me which is great. He's even been jumping up into bed and hanging out without being coaxed with treats. It doesn't last long, but it's progress though."
"The focus this week has been with Trevor on the block and trying to make him comfortable. He's becoming very skittish, more so than usual of late, so I'm trying to desensitize him to it. It can be really loud and overwhelming at times which is when I try to avoid it, but sometimes it's unavoidable. He accepts treats so I've tossed them as we walk and will continue to do so with hopes of helping him."
"Nothing eventful happened this week with Trevor worth mentioning. The peak of the day is when we play fetch which is really the only thing he looks forward to. He gets so happy and excited when we walk towards the "run" where we play and will jump around in anticipation for me to grab the tennis ball and throw it. Play time is also training time and as mentioned before, he does really well with all of his cues including chaining as a way to earn the reward of chasing the ball... We have a kiddie pool here that Trevor wants no part of when filled with water even when a ball is in it. When empty, he will go in after the ball now after being hesitant at first."
"Nothing exciting or noteworthy has happened this week with Trevor. I've just been continuing with everything I've been doing with him the last several weeks. He's doing really well with everything though and is consistent with his cues when we work."
"Trevor had a minor breakthrough this week by jumping into bed and hanging out for a few minutes. Typically, he prefers laying around in his cage and rarely seeks attention or affection but over the weekend, I coaxed him to jump into bed. It didn't last long, but he laid there for a few minutes until he had enough then went back to his cage. I've been doing this every day since so hopefully he'll become more comfortable in time with it… Trevor's off leash training is going well too as I continue to work on everything in the dog runs. His cues from a distance are really improving."
"Trevor did really well this week as I worked on a few different things simultaneously using a ball and treats as a reward. His downs from a distance are improved as well as his stays. I still can't get him to remain in a stay when I throw the ball yet, but he's getting there. His off leash recalls are good when we are in the dog run, but the true test is when we are out in the open… The best thing that Trevor picked up this week is the bye-bye cue. Sitting or standing, he will wave bye-bye with or without a hand gesture."
"This week has been like the last with no real breakthroughs to mention. His recalls are better than they were a month ago, but they still need improved. I continued working on them without the use of a ball and he's doing well. I'll re-introduce the ball this week as I increase the distance using a long lead. I also did some off leash work in the runs to hone his basics. I use the ball for this and he did really well after the initial excitement. I get him to drop it and leave it before I pick it up and give him another command. I'm able to get about 6 feet away and have him sit or lay down. I'm also able to have him stay while I place the ball at my feet although it's visibly hard on him to resist it. Ha ha."
"Trevor did really well this week and is continuing to improve with his recalls and focus. He seems to be really making the association that coming back to me leads to good things which is the premise of our training methods. I removed the ball this week and worked with just treats as a way to lessen the reward but still get him to listen. I wasn't sure if it would work but it has and while he still has a lot of work to do, he's doing great and his focus has improved as well. He's a little skittish at times so he tends to focus on what's going on around him, but he is doing great with checking with me and making eye contact while we are out and about. Also, Trevor is learning how to wave bye-bye."
"Continuing off of last week, I worked on Trevor's short distance recalls and an improvement is shown. Since he loves balls, I use them as motivation and for training to get the best out of him. Once he drops it, I pick it up and have him stay until I release him and have him come to me. I don't just stand there though. I move back to increase the distance then reward him with a treat and the ball. Hopefully in time, he'll graduate to the long lead, but we have a long way to go before that."
"With recalls being an area that needs improvement, I continued off of last week and Trevor did well. He has a long way to go with them but from short distances, he's better... This week Trevor also went out to the dog yard with Tiffany and played. They are great together and we try to let them play and tire each other out as often as possible."
"This week I worked with Trevor on his recalls using a long lead. He's good with them when a ball is involved because he loves to play fetch but without the ball, he's not so good. Haha
It's definitely something that needs to be improved and will take a lot of work given his history... Trevor and Tiffany can't leave each other alone and their relationship is getting weirder by the day. It's a great thing though because they get along great and would make for a perfect double adoption."
"There's nothing to write about this week regarding Trevor. We spent half of it locked down and there isn't much to do in a cell. Trevor wasn't interested in playing with the tennis ball, but he occasionally would play with a rope toy briefly."
"There's nothing new to update you on with Trevor. The only thing that happened this week was that he went out on a field trip with a volunteer. He went before and he did better, but I hear it turned into quite an adventure with a faulty leash. Trevor is skittish in unfamiliar territory so it's understandable though... In here, Trevor continues to respond well with playing fetch and enjoys his playtime with Tiffany. He is also becoming vocal when seeing people through the fence because he wants to see them."
"There isn't much to say about this week other than Trevor continues to respond well to playing fetch and that it's become very helpful overall. It brings him out of his shell and is the ultimate reward for training as well. His basic cues are being reinforced and he's also learning tricks like crawl and roll over. He is doing well with "downs" from the standing position. The area that needs improved on are his stays which is to be expected given how enthusiastic he is to play. He'll get there though."
"This week Trevor seemed to really make progress with being a dog. Ha ha. His excitement level and eagerness to play fetch has him much more attentive and willing to be more engaged. Chasing the ball around is the ultimate reward for him and he earns each toss with strings of commands. He is great with returning, dropping the ball on cue, then doing whatever I ask him to do for his reward. His hesitance to do things is replaced with enthusiasm when a ball is involved and it's really nice to see him out of his shell… Trevor is also feeling more frisky and has been eyeing my neighbor's leg up for the taking. Ha ha."
"This week Trevor was exposed to heat and he is not a fan of it. I can't blame him though. He enjoys chasing balls, but it doesn't last too long in this weather even in the mornings… Playing fetch is something fun for him to do and it's also an opportunity for me to reinforce his cues. He is doing really well with all of them. Trevor met the newest dog in the program, Ozzie, and he did well as expected. Trevor is great with the dogs here and is easy to introduce. He continues to socialize when he feels like it and remains curious enough to approach but will keep his distance most times. He will allow some to pet him and prefers for it not to be on his head."
"This week has been like the others but with better weather. Trevor has been enjoying his time outside and also his time with his old handler who has been working with him more. Trevor and his new friend, Tegan, have been playing well together, but she could never replace his best friend, Tiffany. Trevor loves chasing balls around and does really well with the commands associated with playing fetch. He is surprisingly good at actually catching the balls too."
"This week Trevor was introduced to two ducks who decided to hang out where we walk around. I wasn't sure how he'd react to them, but he did really well though. He was obviously curious and they had his attention, but he wasn't fixated on them beyond the point of not being able to redirect him. Trevor also played with Tegan off leash in the dog yard where she would antagonize and provoke him to chase her around. Trevor continues to show interest in people but remains hesitant for pets. He has his days were he seeks more attention than others so everything is at his pace under his terms."
"This week has been much like the rest of the weeks with what we do so there isn't much to speak on in that regard. Trevor has shown interest in soccer balls, but he really doesn't know what to do with them though. He will chase it around and move it with his nose into the corner, but struggles to pick it up in his mouth even though it's half flat. It's funny to watch. For some reason, there is someone that he doesn't even know who he always tries to hump which is beyond strange because it's completely out of character for him…Other than that, Trevor is Trevor and he's moving at his own pace with everything concerning people and seeking attention on his own terms."
"The most interesting thing that happened this week was giving Trevor a bath. He is not fond of it, but he really loves getting dried off with a towel though. He continues to show interest in people but will not let them touch him. When we walk around outside, he will go towards people on the other side of the fence to check them out but will most likely just bark at them. I don't know what he's trying to tell them, but it's not aggressive. It's more out of frustration which doesn't make sense because it's not like he lets them pet him anyways."
"There isn't anything new to speak on this week given that everything has been the same as last week. Trevor continues to be a little more curious of people but won't allow strangers to pet him. He will reluctantly take treats from them but not from their hand at first. He has to be lured closer and closer before eventually taking something from an open palm."
"This week has been just like the last few and there is really nothing new to add. Trevor is Trevor and he is progressing at his own pace with everything. He is definitely becoming more receptive to people and often approaches curiously to sniff. He is still hesitant to receive pets from most, but he is getting better though. Trevor's favorite thing to do is playing with Tiffany and they do so often. I believe that helps him with his confidence and is what is really helping him come along."
"This week has been much like the previous with Trevor being Trevor and how he is selective with his curiosity as well as seeking out attention. He is beginning to be more willing to do things and is learning how to crawl and roll over which is an improvement. He and Tiffany enjoy going out to the dog yard together and do so on a regular basis. Trevor is a little much at times with how he tries to hump her, but she doesn't let it get to her though."
"The weather allowed us to spend a lot of time outside this week, although Trevor tires quickly. He loves going out to the dog yard and playing with Tiffany and enjoys playing with tennis balls. Trevor continues to show interest in being petted and is seeking me out more and more in the cell. He is not the rough house, playing kind of dog that for him, he's been play for in his own way this week. He seemed to like me "picking" on him playfully and even play bowed while I did so."
"This week we found out that Trevor is not a huge fan of warm weather. When he decides that enough is enough, he'll wait until we get into a shady area then just plop down and lay there. Haha... Trevor and Tiffany have been playing off leash in the dog yard together and are doing great. Sometimes, Trevor is too much and Tiffany does a great job correcting him. Trevor is also seeking more attention and is beginning to put his front paws up on the bed for me to pet him."
"This week was a great week for Trevor. He has been seeking more and more attention/affection and his new thing is to come up to me while I am laying down for pets. If I stop, he will give me his paw to let me know that he is not done yet. Haha. When he is done, he's done though and will just walk away making me feel used. Trevor also played with Tiffany off leash in the dog yard this week and had a lot of fun playing. They are great together and play fairly rough without incident."
"This week has been a lot like last with Trevor doing really well with everything. Trevor loves playing with Angel and Tiffany and we look forward to having Tiffany and Trevor off leash together in the softball field. We don't know when we will be able to do that yet, but it should be soon though. Trevor still has his little moments with his old handler and Beau where he will react, but they are not nearly as bad as they were. He is doing really good with that... Finally!"
"Trevor had a really good week and has shown significant improvement with everything. I believe his 2 new friends, Angel and Tiffany, have really helped him along. He loves playing with them. Trevor isn't much for affection, but this week he actually put his 2 front paws on my bed for me to pet him which is something he's never done before."
"This week Trevor did much better when we were outside because of his new best friend, Angel. He still has his moments, but he is really fixated on Angela and she is too. We haven't had them off leash yet, but they play really well together on leash. Trevor tries to hump her which she doesn't like, but she just checks him and they continue on... Trevor is also friends with Tiffany as well. Trevor loves the snow so he's happy about the storm that came through."
"Trevor continues to get a little better with adjusting and accepting what's happening. He still has a while to go though. He did really good this week with not barking at people through the fence as we walked. He still will, but it's much better. Trevor has 2 new friends in Angel and Tiffany. He has the perfect demeanor for them and they really like dancing around and playing with him. He does too."
"There's nothing new to really talk about with Trevor. He still has issues with his old handler/dog so our days are spent dealing with that. Introducing them stops it, but then as soon as Beau does something like use the bathroom, Trevor reacts again."
"Trevor is still struggling to adjust here, but he has shown some progress over the past two days though. He is still very reactive but his outbursts are shorter and more manageable. He still has a long way to go, but hopefully he continues to improve. Trevor is fine in the cell and is comfortable so he is definitely adjusted in that aspect. Being out and seeing his old handler and his dog is the trigger that makes everything challenging. Trevor is not too treat motivated so I can't bribe him."
"Trevor's second week back has been just like his first week as he tries to get used to what is going on. He is fine in the cell but struggles outside. We have switched dogs and even introduced them without incident, but Trevor is very reactive at a distance towards Beau. Trevor just needs time because he is obviously stressed and frustrated by the change."
"Trevor's first week back has been spent mostly adjusting to me and getting over his old handler. He's doing really well and is getting comfortable, but I felt like a step-dad he resented initially. Trevor still reacts when he sees him but not as bad as it was the first few days. He will still sometimes go to his old cell too, but he's better with that now as well. Trevor went about a day without eating but ended up giving in and eating his dry food."
"This is my final journal entry for Trevor as he is adopted and leaving this week. While I will miss him...Hurray! Another HOPE dog finds a forever home. I'm sure that the family will be very happy with him as he turned out to be affectionate and playful with no bad habits. He just needed kindness and affection. Don't we all?"
"Trevor has found his voice. He's decided that it's his job to let me know when someone is at the door. Not vicious, just excited. He also lets me know when it's time to throw the ball. "Hurry! Throw the ball! Hurry!" It's nice to see him not afraid---just being a dog."
"The week was a push as far as training and we just cruised through. Trevor was content with long walks, chasing the ball, and binge-eating Christmas cookies. He did offer up a paw which we quickly exploited into shake. This was notable as he is squeamish about having his feet touched. Another small step along the trust road."
"Trevor has made such great progress in overcoming his fearfulness that I've been using him to help another of our fearful dogs. The other dog gains confidence when they're together and is coming along nicely. Unfortunately, this makes obedience training more difficult, so Trevor is a little behind where I'd like to see him. To be honest, though, this is partially my fault as I find that with his goofy smile and good nature it's hard to be strict. Frequently training time devolves into play time. Mea culpa."
"Trevor is learning basic obedience skills...sit, stay, come, with me, etc. He's such a sweetheart that it's difficult for ME to stay on task. "What's that? You'd rather chase the tennis ball? Oh, okay."
"The change in this dog is amazing. From panic to calm. Fearful to affectionate. The trust he has in me is such a gift. This is why I do this."
"This dog is so sweet and good natured that it's hard to believe how painfully shy he was a month ago. He's such good company---willing to walk for hours, play ball, or just hang out."
"Trevor has transformed from timid and fearful to affectionate and playful. This week we've been working on leash manners, sit, and stay. He absolutely loves frisbee."
"Trevor is gaining trust and confidence with each day--it's wonderful to see. We've been working on leash manners and the meaning of, "Hey you, get off my bed!" He has discovered the joy of chasing a tennis ball as well as the indignity of having me kiss his face."
"Trevor is a 5 year old (+-) shepherd/lab mix who was feral in a southern state. He is a beautiful dog with a calm and gentle disposition--sweet and affectionate. We're going to work on his self confidence and obedience skills, but the first week or two is for settling in."