Sammy boy is a 50 lb, long-legged pup who just turned a year old! He’s got tons of puppy energy and we continue to work with him to channel all of his playfulness into learning games that will give him the confidence and skills to help him learn to navigate life in a home. He’s making great strides and it is so much fun watching him mature! His loose leash waking is improving and so is his puppy patience! He is more entertaining than ever and his ears are always a guessing game of which way the flop, rock and roll!
Sammy had an eventful week! Some good and some very painful for him. I'm told he went out to the park on Friday and had a ball ripping around. Then he went with me on our visitation tour where he, Big Lou & Spudz were able to give some love and joy to those inmates. He loved it and so did they! It was there though that he somehow cracked one of his dew claws on his front leg. I felt so bad for him because every time he would bump it on something or it would catch on a blanket, he would yelp. He couldn't run and play as much as he likes to either. We kept him off of it as much as possible and I kept it clean. It finally fell off Tuesday morning. Now he is back to himself and then some. He went to the dog yard yesterday and ran around and played fetch for two hours. Then this morning he saw Tweety sitting on the razor wire and tried to climb the fence to get it! Sammy is back in action!
Sammy has found a new friend this week. You all know it has been warm and it's spring! Well, what comes out of hibernation around this time of year? Yes, Digger, one of our many groundhogs came out to sun. Well Sammy discovered him right about the same time Digger was popping up. Sammy lifted his one front paw, ears STRAIGHT up, tail up all fluffed out, head cocked to the side, trying to figure out what the heck Digger was! Digger ran and Sammy tried to give chase, but the pesky fence got in his way. Now he checks for Digger every time we go out. It's that time of the year. Just wait until the babies come out!
Sammy has had a very good week! He is still a little mouthy when he is excited and playing, all that puppy in him has to be trained, but there aren't teeth marks! We worked a lot on how to approach people to get pets, instead of just pulling to them. Now he will lay down and wait until the person comes to him. I tell him, 'Say Hi!' and then he is allowed to go to them. Much more calm this way. He did pull off a heist this week. He robbed Big Lou and Tux! If he gets a chance he will slide over into one of their crates and steal a toy! He nabbed Tux's lambs twice! I'm telling you he is quick, he slipped in, and then hauled butt back to his house with the loot in his mouth. He then jumped up on the bunk, with his face in the corner, like he was trying to hide the toy in his mouth so I wouldn't see it! When that didn't really work, he tried to get me to play with him. No go, buddy. But he continues to make leaps in training, even though he will still get distracted by a blowing leaf. Since he didn't have any training as a puppy, we are working on all of those obedience skills now. He is getting it, have to be consistent. He's worth it though! Look at that silly face!
Hi peeps! This week has had its ups and downs. Thankfully, more ups than downs. Remember when Sammy & Spudz weren't all that fond of each other? Well, we are full on playful puppies and besties now. But Sammy tried to be besties with my property box too, the one that held all my socks. I went to breakfast and didn't crate him because he had been doing so good outside the crate and not getting into anything when left alone for short periods of time. When I came back from breakfast and opened my cell door I had quite the surprise waiting for me. He had dragged my box from under the bed, taken the top off and gotten every pair of socks out. Some were on my floor, but 3 pair were on the bed with him. At least what was left that wasn't already shredded! He had a piece dangling off of his chin and gave me the look like, 'I dunna know what happened. It wasn't me.' It was funny, but it wasn't at the same time. He touched nothing else in that box, just my dang socks. Children! He did so well with his training this week, that he just had to find something naughty to get into.
Well, Sammy loves snowflakes! Yes, we did see a few last week and you should have seen him trying to catch them right out of the air. He was having a ball. Then he was quite the little helper to me last weekend. On Saturday, they pass out the toilet paper. They place it by your door. We went out to use the potty and on our way back in he grabbed my roll and took it in the house. He also tried to steal some extra rolls too, but we had to put them back;) Oh Monday they pass out clean linens. They put it all in a pillow case. We were again, coming back in from a potty break and mine was handed to me. I took it and then I said to Sammy, 'Carry it.' And I gave it to him. He took it and he pranced the whole way back to the cell, showing it off like he was a big boy. He took it right in and dropped it on my bed. He loves to carry things. A lot of times when we go outside I hive him his ball or another toy that we are going to play with to carry. He is getting better with some of his issues, like mouthing at his halter and his short attention span, but he still needs more work. Like a child, for every good thing he does, he finds something twice as naughty, just because...
Sammy is like Jekyll & Hyde. He is such a sweetheart to work with. When he's training, he's very focused. When we're out of the cell he says hi to everyone and is very playful. He learns quickly and is so responsive. Then he turns into demon dog if you try to crate him. This makes sense because he spent his first year of life crated for 12 hours a day or more. I've worked so hard with him, using all of the crate training tips I know, but when he knows it's crate time, he stops being responsive. And he knows too much about the routine, so he knows when it's crate time. He's wicked smart that way. So, it's something we're still working on.
Sammy has made it through his first full week of prison. He is adopting very well, and I thought he would, since he seemed a happy, curious boy right away. He is not a shy dog in the least. He enjoys exploring and greeting EVERYONE. He conquered our stairs on his first day. He doesn't like to go into his crate, especially when I am going to work, but he doesn't bark while I'm gone. We worked A LOT on crate training this week, because I was told he spent far too long in his crate in the past and might have trouble with enjoying his crate now. He is still a pup and has loads of energy. His favorite thing is playing with CoCo and Big Lou. He thinks he is a 'boxer' though and throws paw punches with his front feet. We've had to work a lot this week on getting him to understand that humans can't be chew toys. In just this week, he has stopped being so chompy and has backed off to mouthing, so we will keep working on that. My hands are very grateful that he's stopped playing shark. He is enjoying appropriate chew toys and that helps too! Sammy is a happy, happy, joy, joy boy! He likes to be with you and snuggles in bed.
Ladies & gentlemen, boys & girls, let me proudly introduce you to Sammy. He is a rambunctious one year old, totally normal for a dog his age. He needs some leash work and some lessons in mannered play & self-control. He knows his basic commands, sit, down, shake, look at me, and has picked up on wait, go to bed, and going crate very quickly. Because he already knows a lot we will work with him to use these skills in all situations and with different people. He is extremely responsive to training and I was able to start skill work on day one. Sometimes we give them a few days before we start working too much, but he was able to jump right in, and since I don't think he'll be here long I want him to know as much as possible before he is adopted. He has already learned touch and chin. We worked on roll over and target. He almost has those figured out. We went out in the yard yesterday and played fetch and frisbee. He loved it! He also enjoyed trying to eat the ice on the ground. Sammy is a social lovebug. He likes giving kisses and saying, 'Hi' to everyone he meets! He also likes to cuddle. He's still a puppy and has tons of energy, so we'll continue with working on focusing and minding his own business.