Sam is an adorable, bulldog mix who is about 4 years old. He’s a couch potato who loves car rides and lots of belly rubs! Sam prefers his canine buddies to be ladies only. He weighs about 60 pounds and has the cutest low rider stance. He will be working on his socialization and basic command skills during his time with us. UPDATE: Sam completed the program and has moved to a foster to adopt family. His adoption is imminent! Yay Sam!



I was returning from work one day and Sam & his handler were coming out to handle business. As soon as Sam saw me coming down the walk, he flipped! Literally he did a mini back flip so I could rub his belly. Honestly when you are having a bad day or something is bothering you, there's no feeling like being greeted like that. I love it! --Sam's Neighbor


Sam has been doing great on walking beside me and loose leash walking without pulling and stopping when I do. I've been working on focusing with distractions with him and he is getting a bit better on that. We still work one on one too, and he is super focused on me without distractions. He is also doing great with his stay command!


We've been working on Sam using the Tellington Touch massages from our session with a guest trainer and he absolutely loves it! His face just melts and he's almost in a trance when I massage him. I've also been working with him on distractions by walking out while the other dogs are out and getting his attention before he can see them. He's doing well giving me his attention. We've also worked on stay and distance for short times. He's always learning and is ready for his forever family!


Sam is starting to transfer his focus to other handlers as well. He will auto sit for the other handlers and won't move until they give him the okay. I've been working on 1,2,3, down and stay, and putting a treat in his bowl and telling him to wait. It has been really great to see him start to transfer his listening skills to other guys, expanding his trust circle.


Sam is so treat motivated he will do almost anything to get one. He can be very energetic, especially when toys are involved. An indoor game we play is hiding all of his toys around the cell, having him sit and wait while I hide, then go find them when I say okay! He also got to play with Ace this week and they did great!


Sam continues to do great. He has been learning stay put without moving until I give him the okay to do so. I've been working on 1,2,3 and he still does great until he gets distracted by something that is way more interesting. On the give me paw, give my high 5, sit, down, stay and lay down he is doing really well. Sam is really smart! He can sometimes be stubborn, like when he wants to go get the gophers that live outside the block, but most of the time he's just full of love.


Sam has been doing well and getting better with the 1-2-3 exercise. He's perfect without distraction. Of course once we get outside he is so excited for a while that it takes him a bit to refocus. He enjoys laying in the sun and playing fetch. Sam is definitely a toy-loving dog! He plays with them so much that sometimes he'll fall asleep with one in his mouth.


Sam has been working on focusing on me when other people come around. If I get his focus immediately, then he does well staying focused. He's really treat motivated, so that helps a lot with his training.


Sam really loves being outside. Fetching and running are his favorite games... And he likes to be chased. If you won't chase him he'll come back to you wagging his whole butt and prancing around trying to get you to play. He also loves to cuddle and watch t.v. He's a sweet boy.


Sam is doing great and he is getting better at following commands. He loves to play outside, especially fetch, and he loves to run. He's both a hugger and a kisser! He brings you his toys when he wants to play, and he's so cute I will get up and play with him, even when I'm so tired. I use playtime to my advantage and have him work on his commands using toys as the reward instead of treats all the time. He doesn't mind and I really enjoy playing with the little tank.


Sam continues to do well with training. He loves to play fetch and is doing great with all of his basic commands. He will come when he's called but if we're outside he will run to you and then run away. He loves to be chased!


Sam listens well and he's so obedient. Sometimes we call him Stubborn Sam, but it's only because a dog wants what he wants! He'll give you hugs and kisses to get your attention. Other times he'll sit in front of you offering his paw, over and over. When you say, 'What do you want?' he will go to his bowl and stand in front of it. He's a smart, playful and super sweet low rider!


Sam has been given so much love by everyone. He sat down with me on the weekend to watch a baseball game and while I was eating sunflower seeds, he would watch me and keep giving me his paw. He was doing it more than usual so I gave him one sunflower seed. He took it, broke it in half, spit out the shell then ate the kernel. I thought I was seeing things so I gave him another one. He did it again! Now, every time I open up a bag, he wants parts and I end up cleaning his mess. He is just full of love and I can't gent enough of his kisses.


Sam loves attention from people. When it's time for him to go in the cage or the cell, he will stop at every person just to get petted so that means he can be outside of the cell longer. He is doing great with Ace and will play with him here and there without any issues. He loves to cuddle and willingly kisses you without warning. He is great and loves his toys.


Sam can be really energetic; he loves to fetch and chase you around. He will give you a pound without asking. He will come up to you without warning and kiss you. He is very smart and loves to cuddle. Sam will be a great dog to anyone who will shower him with love.


Sam is doing great and getting so much better at pretty much everything. He continues to bring his toys on my bed and using it as a doll house. He looks at me as to say, 'What? Am I doing something wrong?' So I let him go for awhile and then I point at the toys and have him, one by one, put them back in his cage.


Sam is a good dog. He listens and loves to give kisses. He will give you his paw even when you don't ask him for it. He will fetch his bowl and use his nose to push it toward you when he wants something. Of course I have him on an eating schedule, but I do get up and give him a treat when he does this. He will let you know when he needs to go outside to use the bathroom by sitting at the door and barking once. Sam has been making great progress in terms of barking less at the dogs that he isn’t friendly with. He is now able to briefly interact with Ace in passing for a few seconds without any issues which is a great improvement for Sam!


There are times when I allow Sam to lay down with me and watch TV. I had him in the cage and I was so exhausted from work that after showering, I laid down for just a few minutes. I must have passed out because he reached his paws through the gate of his cage and was trying to get my attention by scratching my feet. Sam scared me and as soon as I let him out of the cage, I laid back down and he slept right next to me. He is not only a smart dog, but also a wonderful companion.


Sam is doing well and learning more every day. Sam is getting very comfortable in the cell. He was watching me clean up and decided to do a little cleaning himself. Sam went to his cage, grabbed his blankets one by one, and put them on my bed. Then he decided to get two of his toys as well and just started playing with them. When I asked him what he was doing, he wagged his tail and barked once as if he was trying to tell me to leave him alone. Sam is spoiled and you can't help but laugh and love him.


Sam is doing great. He is fetching and will trade one ball for another every time. Over the weekend, Sam grabbed a blanket from his cage and brought it up to my bed where he laid it on the corner before going back to the cage to grab his favorite toy. He then proceeded to hop up onto my bed and take over my space. When I asked him what he was doing, he just wagged his tail and picked up his paw. I don't know if Sam was telling me to chill or talk to the hand. Funny guy.


Sam is loving and playful. He enjoys being petted and scratched. He loves to be outside and enjoys running around in the yard. He will walk with you side by side and crouches down while howling to let you know he wants to play. Sam is full of energy, loves to give hugs, and gives you kisses. He is very treat motivated. When it's time to come back inside, he will look at you with sad eyes to see if he can get his way.


Sam now fetches the ball. He won't give it back though and when you approach him to take it, he will run away. I pretend to let Sam be and walk away. Once he starts to follow me, I'll turn around. He'll just stop, wag his tail, and then run off again. He loves to give hugs and kisses. He enjoys watching TV and having a snack while doing so.


Since the first day Sam arrived, he has been loving and energetic. If you grab a leash and have treats in your hands, you have made a new forever friend. He enjoys being outside and loves playing in the snow. I threw myself in the snow and Sam chased after me and wanted to play. He buries his face in the snow, picks some of it up with his nose, and throws it up in the air. I pretend to catch it and he continues to do it. I jog around the dog yard and he follows the entire time until I stop. Sam is terrific around people and loves the attention.


I have been taking Sam out to the big yard and he loves running around. This was Sam’s first time being without a leash on and he ran from me the entire time. After I stopped chasing him and walked around, he finally gave up and wanted to play. I worked with him on his commands and he did well. Every time I ask if he wants to go outside, he gets excited and comes up to give me paw and kisses. Sam loves attention and loves to be pampered.


Sam is getting so much better with his behavior and he is listening well. He loves giving hugs and kisses and is so energetic. Sam will give you kisses unexpectedly and jabs lightly at you with his paws when he wants to play. He will sit in front of my bed and watch TV with me. Sam loves to be outside and likes to be petted.
Sam and Ace play together for very brief interactions with no issues. Ace is the only dog that we can do this with so far. Progress!


Sam has been improving on his commands. He is starting to sit when told and will also stay when told while I am walking away. Sam is making progress on leaving things. As far as items in the cell that he would get into, he now leaves it alone when told leave it. When Sam really needs to go outside to use the bathroom, he will use his nose to hit my feet while I’m laying down or climb up on the bed and give me kisses before going to the door and sitting. When given a treat that he does not like, he will spit it out and hide it in the cage.


Sam is very intelligent and even though he can be a little stubborn, he does follow commands and loves to play. He loves being outside and going for walks. When you’re taking him for a walk, he’ll stay right by your side and won’t pull. When others approach you, he’ll sit by your side and observe. Sam gets bored when left alone and he will party and help himself to everything while you’re away.
Sam’s very cuddly and gives kisses.
When he needs to use the bathroom, you will know because he sits by the door and looks at you while wagging his tail. Overall, Sam needs work but is full of love and affection.


Sam is very shy and hesitant to approach people, but he does allow a few individuals to pet him though. He does not seem to know any commands yet, but I'm working on it. He hasn’t met all of the dogs yet and seems pretty calm so far. He’s been here for two days. I will give 100% in making him better and I'm looking forward to seeing his progress.



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