Hank is a big ham! He loves everyone he meets and can never get enough pets. He’s 5 years old and weighs about 65lbs. Hank is working on mastering basic obedience commands and learning how to properly interact with other dogs. Hank’s ideal home would have no other dogs or female dogs. He rides well in the car and is crate trained.
I have been training Hank to learn the place command by using a blanket on the floor because he is starting to take ownership of the bed. The other day I went to sit on the bed and he growled at me so I made him get off and lay on the blanket. A few days later I started to let him back onto the bed and he was so happy! We played for about 10 minutes before I made him get back down onto the blanket. Hank just looked at me with the saddest face as if he was wondering what did I do. So of course, I gave in like always and allowed him back up onto the bed where he sprawled out as if he was trying to say I told you this bed was mine!
This week I worked on socialization with some of the other dog handlers. Since Gracie was adopted and her handler doesn’t have a new dog yet, I let Hank go over to his cell and hang out while I was at work. I also let Hank stay the night with another handler and when he saw me in the morning, he was so happy!!! I have been doing all of this in an attempt to better generalize Hank's training by getting him comfortable with others so that he will listen to everyone and not just me.
I learned that Hank likes snowballs this week. When we first went outside, he was like, “No way, man. Let's go back inside,” but I made it fun for him by making a snowball and lobbing it towards his head. Hank jumped up so fast and bit the snowball in mid air. He looked at me like, “Hello! Toss me another one, please?!” As I was making him another one, he started to roll around in the snow which had me laughing so hard. Anytime I tried to grab him, he would start running around me since I had the snowball in my hand. Once I threw it up in the air, he would stop running so I just started throwing handfuls of snow up in the air and had him barking because he was having so much fun.
We worked with Hank and Neiko on their reactive barking towards each other a few times this past week. We’ve made some good progress so far. We have been able to get the dogs within close proximity with minimal issues so we’re going to keep working on it.
Hank is doing well with everything. I am now working on the command “with me” and we’re working on loose leash walking. I leave Hank with another handler when I go to work sometimes. I think Hank enjoys the company and he gets so hyper when I return. I had two of the officers tell me that I am doing a great job with Hank and it made me feel good.
To show you how much Hank really loves me... I left him with a newer handler for a few hours while I was at work. When I came back, he was so happy. I told Hank to wait a minute and it ended up taking about 30 minutes until I got back to get him. Hank was standing on top of the crate trying to watch out of the cell probably wondering where the heck I was. So I gave the command and off he went. When I brought Hank back to my cell, he would not leave my side even when it was time to sleep. It was like he was making it a point to not let me out of his sight. When I got up to get water, Hank was right by my side. When I sat up in bed, Hank laid his head on my lap as if to say why did you leave me.
Hank got to play in the big yard this week and he wasn’t alone. Harry came with! We call them Double H when they’re together. They play so well together. I wish all dogs could get along the way they do. Hank and Harry ran so much that at one point, they both just sat down and waited until it was time to go inside. Hank started to feel cold so I gave him my sweater and put my hat on him. To my surprise, Hank left the hat on. He usually doesn’t want to wear anything on his head. Once he got warmed up, Hank went back to playing. Harry had other plans though. He was still cold and in no mood to play.
On another note, Hank and Ace played a couple of times in the yard and it went well.
Hank is such a loving dog. When I lay in bed, he will come up to my pillow and lay his head right next to mine. Hank will sleep there all night long. If I move, he will look at me like what are you doing buddy, stay still! He will sleep in the crate if he has enough blankets to make it feel like he has a mattress in there. I know that if I was going home, I would definitely adopt him. I have a lot of love for Hank and I know my wife and kids would love and spoil him.
On another note, I brushed Hank’s teeth and he loved it. After I was done, Hank kept pushing my hand up as if to say keep going. He was smiling the whole time I brushed his teeth.
Hank is truly a great dog. He is very sweet. I have been having a hard week with some personal issues and it’s like Hank knows. I was very sad yesterday to the point of crying. I was sitting with my head in my hands and he came over and nudged my hands as if to say what’s wrong. I tried to tell him to lay down, but his response was almost as if he was yelling NO! He started licking me and jumping all over the place so much so that I had to laugh. It made me get my mind off the problems at home which was good for me. Even when I laid down in bed, he laid right at my head as if to say I’m here for you like you are for me.
Hank gets so happy when I start putting on my sweater like he knows that we are going outside. He starts jumping, wagging his tail, and running in circles. When I tell him to sit, he sits and his tail is still wagging. I have been working on leave it and stay. Hank is doing well with both. I can put a treat in front of him and tell him to leave it and he will. Hank is a great dog. He will lay in the bed all night and not move. You know when he’s comfortable because he rolls onto his back in the middle of the night. He must have been dreaming the one night because his back leg wouldn’t stop going like he was chasing a rabbit. Then out of nowhere, he jumps off the bed and then right back in and went back to sleep. He’s pretty funny sometimes.
Turkey, no mac and cheese but lots of turkey and chicken... Nah, that’s not what I had for Thanksgiving, but Hank and every other dog did! I couldn’t be mad. We had maybe 10 to 15 different people come to the cells to bring the dogs some of their Thanksgiving meal. So I had Hank sitting at the door and every time someone came up, I would give the “shake” cue before he got the food. After 2 to 3 times, dude was trying to shake any hands he could to get more. So one dude walks up and Hank is trying to shake with his left paw and then he would switch to the right. Finally, Hank gave up and the dude is still waving the food in front of my man, Hank. I guess Hank had enough? He gave that excited bark and homeboy dropped his food. Naturally, Hank devoured it. I was laughing because the dude looked like he just saw a ghost and Hank is still trying to shake hands. So I told the dude that Hank was offering a truce! #WillShakeForFood
Did you ever see that picture where the dogs are at the table playing poker? They forgot to include my man, Hank! So I had my homeboy, Hank, out on the block with me and a few of us were playing cards. Hank was trying to see what’s going on at the table, but he wouldn’t jump up. He’d stand up to peek and run around. So naturally people start making jokes like, “Oh Hank is cheating. He’s looking at our hands!” The funny thing is he would run around the table and go to each and every person’s seat then come running back to me. #DealMeIn
Since I’ve been dog sitting Hank all week, I really tried to stick to the basics—a lot of walking and auto-sits. Truth be told, he’s a wonderful dog. We need to work on how he responds when he sees new dogs because the way he behaves now will be a complete turn off to anyone who doesn’t know him. He barks and pulls. He’s wonderful with people so we will work on the dog greetings because he doesn’t want to scare anyone off. He wants to meet new dogs, but his excitement is through the roof.
So for the last couple of days, I’ve been dog sitting Hank for my neighbor. Smooth sailing! I never spent a lot of time with Hank until now, but he’s a cool dude. Don’t be fooled by how hyper he gets. He just wants to play. Nothing a little exercise can’t fix. So I let him run around for a bit and by the time he was done, he was too tired to do anything else. Success!
I introduced Hank to Neiko this week. It went alright. Hank wanted to play immediately and Neiko wasn’t too sure about if he wanted to join in or not. I think it’s just a matter of time until they start playing. When staff and inmates see me without Hank, all everyone ever asks is where’s Hanky or where’s Hank the Tank. He’s got a couple of nicknames in here!
Well, I can say that Hank is a whole different dog. We were finally able to introduce Ace and Hank and everything went well. They now play and play nonstop. It seems like Hank is obsessed with his new friend, Ace. Hank is a barky dog. It is not an aggressive bark. It is more like out of frustration because he can’t get what he wants right away. At this point, he gets along with every dog except for Harry. I haven’t let him get close to Neiko yet because he’s still pretty new. The most important thing to me is making sure we see progress even if it’s just a little bit at a time.
Hank had a good week. He played with Dex for a while and seeing them play is pretty funny to me because they don’t seem to realize how big they are. I introduced Hank to Shadow and everything was good until Shadow moved and Hank started barking. They’re getting much better with each other compared to the beginning. Everyone here wants to pet him and play with him. He will do anything anyone asks when he meets new people as far as commands go. I love the fact that he will listen to other people for commands and not just me.
Well, Hank is a really good dog that doesn’t realize how big he is. He thinks he’s a puppy still. LOL! He is improving day by day. He spent time playing with Dexter. We were also able to get near Gracie for a few seconds without a negative reaction. When it comes to people, he meets a different person every day and all he wants is to be pet and loved by everyone. Overall, he had a good week and he’s improving with baby steps.
Hank is improving little by little. I’m really taking baby steps with him because of his anxiety when seeing other dogs. He makes it easy because of his body language. Dexter and Hank seem to be getting along well. Next we’re going to start working with Gracie. Hank has been super good with all people. He always wants to play and get in between a crowd so he can get all of the attention. I have people stop by my door practically all day trying to pet and play with him. Sometimes I have to put the lights out and put the towel on the door to get a little bit of privacy! LOL!
Hank loves everyone he meets and looks forward to being petted. If it was up to him, he would be on top of people all day long. When I bring him to the day room, he is so happy and desperate to get to whomever is calling his name. He is very smart, but we need to work on his behavior towards other dogs. He is okay with Penny and Dexter, but he’s not fond of anyone else yet.
Hank had a good week. He is adapting pretty well. I haven’t gotten him close to any of the other male dogs so far, but he did show interest in meeting Penny. Hank could be next to her all day with no problems at all. He likes her. He’s only been here about a week so far and everyone likes him. He is really friendly and wants all the attention he can get. People who have never spoken to me before come over to ask about Hank so they can pet him. He is crazy about treats which is a good thing because it’ll make training him a lot easier.