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Neiko

Neiko is 2 years old and he weighs about 60lbs. His family dealt with some very sad circumstances that led to Neiko being surrendered. He is kid, cat, and dog friendly. Neiko is very sweet and loves to cuddle. He loves his tennis ball and watches TV sometimes. Neiko is working on learning basic obedience commands.

1/30/19

Neiko really wants to be friends with the new dogs, Tawny and Sam. He wants to play so badly that he gets so excited and vocal to the point that it causes tension between them. Neiko and Tawny are okay, but it will take some time to see if he and Sam will become buddies or not. Neiko has made a new human friend in here. He became his friend over a four day period by brushing him. Neiko is now shiny and feels soft.

1/23/19

Neiko loves playing in the snow so we're making the most of it and having as much fun as possible. Because he is still a little uncomfortable in this environment, it's important that he has things to do and places he can be in here where he feels safe so it's good that he enjoys the snow as much as he does. There's a lot of stimulus in here with the crowds of strangers and constant noise so it's impossible to avoid, but I do the best I can to put him in situations that don't overwhelm him. Neiko is so funny. Whenever I leave him out of his crate and leave the cell, he'll pop his head out of the door and look for me. He doesn't run out which surprises me. I laugh every time he does it. He’s always peeking.

1/16/19

Neiko and Ace played in the dog yard this week and boy, did they get muddy roughhousing and playing tug of war in the snow together. They had a lot of fun, but it was quite the mess to clean up afterwards. Haha.
Neiko is still skittish during block out, but he has mastered the stairs. Sometimes when we come out of the cell, he wants to go upstairs. He has 3 or 4 friends that we go visit so it's really good that he is initiating socializing with others.

1/9/19

Neiko and Ace went to the dog yard together and had a blast as they romped around like crazy. It was so good to see Neiko having fun. Neiko has overcome his fear of the stairs and now actually initiates trips up them. He has a couple of people friends here that can touch him, but he is still wary of people he doesn’t know. I really hope that his second home visit goes well so he can get out of here and live with his forever family.

1/2/19

Neiko has been getting acquainted with a new handler which is great because he needs to meet new people in order to help him get more comfortable. Neiko has walked up and down the stairs every day this week. We rewarded him with treats and praise for his accomplishment. Neiko tries to engage Harry to play, but Harry only plays when Harry feels like it. Neiko loves it when his friends stop by to play or just say hello.

12/26/18

Neiko loves to play fetch, but he has begun holding onto the ball so we are working on having him release the ball on command. He likes to watch a show on TV called Too Cute. He cocks his head when the puppies cry and stares at the TV. Sometimes he lays with his paws crossed and looks so content.

12/19/18

Neiko has a family interested in adopting him! They met him once so far and everything went pretty well. He’s going to go out for another visit to spend more time with the family and their pets. I was told that Neiko went up to one of their cats with his tail wagging and kissed the cat’s nose. He also gave the little boy plenty of kisses. I’m so proud of Neiko and really hope this works out for him. I know he’ll be happier in a home than he is here in the prison because it’s so noisy.

12/12/18

This week Neiko played fetch with a tennis ball in the dog yard and romped around with Harry. Neiko enjoys roughhousing with some of the other dog handlers too. He has a few guys that he likes in here who pet him who aren’t apart of HOPE. Poor Neiko still isn’t a fan of loud noises and cowers sometimes when he’s startled. He needs a nice, quiet home and I hope he finds one soon.

12/5/18

Neiko loves to curl up into a ball under the covers and take naps. He loves his belly rubs and chest scratches. He enjoys playing fetch and has started playing tug of war with the ball. He and Ace like to roughhouse together in the big dog yard. It’s so cute watching Neiko play fetch because of how he runs with his really long legs. I think he might be part boxer. He’s so happy when he plays fetch. He always looks like he’s smiling with his tongue flopped out to the side.

11/28/18

Neiko loves to interact with myself and the other dog handlers, but he’s still a little unsure of staff members. He’s a really smart dog. Neiko knows my schedule so well that he puts himself into the crate automatically when he knows it’s time for me to leave to eat. I can’t leave him out because he likes my flip flops a little too much...I’m on my second pair right now haha. Neiko loves to snuggle and he’s a bed hog! This is not the place for him and I hope someone adopts Neiko soon.

11/21/18

Neiko is working on his stays and is good with auto-sit. I gave Neiko his first bath and had no issues. He behaved very well. He loves to eat slices of apples and surprisingly oranges. Sometimes when Neiko naps, he snores or barks and runs in his sleep. When he wakes up after a dream, he looks around like he expects to see another dog or person. Wish we knew what he was dreaming about!

11/14/18

Neiko is continuing to acclimate to this environment. He is still a little jumpy and doesn’t like loud noises. I believe that with time he will come around, but it would be great for him to get adopted soon. Neiko is so cute when he sleeps with his face covered in his front feet. He is such a bed hog, pushing me with his feet and head and waking me up hanging off the edge of the bed. He is good friends with Shadow. Neiko loves to carry a tennis ball around in his mouth. It seems to boost his confidence and it’s adorable to see.

11/7/18

Neiko is ever so slowly becoming accustomed to his new environment. He is still overwhelmed when everyone is out in the day room all at once. He is less jumpy when there aren’t a ton of people around. Neiko is a loving dog and very smart. He has learned auto-sit, sit/stay, and down/stay while training in the dog yard. He has a harder time performing these tasks with distractions so we’ll be working on that. He loves to play fetch and his stamina has improved. When I leave the cell, I put him in his crate with toys. If I happen to leave anything within his reach, he will pull it into the crate with him. My towels, shower shoes, and boot strings are not safe! Haha

10/31/18

Neiko is getting accustomed to his new environment one day at a time. He is still nervous when there are a lot of people moving around and it’s noisy on the tier, but I already see progress compared to his first week here. He has made friends with some of the other dogs, but we are still working on his initial greetings with dogs. He loves to play fetch and is working on his sit/stay and down/stay. Neiko seems to warm up to women more quickly than men and loves the HOPE ladies who come in.

10/24/18

Neiko has bonded very quickly to me. He likes to curl into a ball with his head against me when he sleeps. Neiko is a very sweet dog and he loves to play fetch. He brings the ball back and releases it easily. Neiko knows limited basic command skills. He knows sit and shake and we will work on teaching him more skills. Neiko is very smart and he’s already learning down, stay, and auto-sit as well as loose leash walking. Neiko is timid on the housing unit and around strangers when it’s noisy and everyone is out. Over time, I hope he will become more confident as he acclimates to his new surroundings. There are many staff members showing interest in Neiko so I don’t expect him to be here too long as he is a beautiful dog. When we play fetch, he does this little ball shake with the ball in his front teeth that is too cute. Neiko needs to learn how to greet other dogs. He wants to play, but his behaviors rub some of the dogs the wrong way. The other handlers and I are working on training Neiko to meet other dogs in a calmer fashion so hopefully he’ll have some dog friends soon.

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