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Tux

Tux is a neutered male, around 2 years old and 64 lbs. He’s a happy, loving dude who enjoys a good muzzle rub and an ear scratch. He has learned most of his basic manners and enjoys training! Tux is always ready for human or dog interaction. He craves attention, play time, and kibble time! His favorite toy is a Jolly ball with a rope. Sadly, he can’t have this toy in the prison, so he will get one when he finds the right family! Tux can’t go to a home with cats, but he would probably really enjoy a home with other dogs and a fenced in yard!

3/11/20

So, I won't be trying to teach Tux any tricks right now... I want to focus on all of his basics, but I guess Tux feels otherwise? We're outside just working on walking and auto sit, when out of nowhere dude stops and looks at me, then takes off full speed running in circles. Then he stops and lays down. I won't lie; I panicked at first, but when I bent down, dude rolls over onto his back wanting me to pet his belly, so now I HAVE to turn that into something. Wait, can I turn that into something?

3/2/20

So today, Tux and I were supposed to be working on proper greetings. I would have someone walk up to us, stay about 4 feet away while Tux sits by my side. The other person would put their hand down by their side. Tux is supposed to go over, touch the hand, and come back to me and sit. Yeah, that's not really Tux's thing. He goes over, licks the dudes hand, then does this weird thing with his front paws, almost like he's trying to box. So America, we do have work to do...

2/22/20

So America, Tux has a new handler. He has been with me for less than a week. His former handler will be paroled soon, so this is really a good news story. Funny that Tux looks just like Ace, but with a left ear that won't quit! We're still in the feeling out phase. Last night, I guess he was bored, he destroyed all his stuffies. No worries, it was his stuff to destroy. I'll keep you posted on his progress. P.S. Shout out to my boy Ace! You were the man while you were here!

2/7/20

Tux gets along great with all the dogs in the program and gets to play with them when possible. We only have one yard right now so he hasn't gotten to run as much as he'd like, so it makes him more excited all the time. Overall he is doing well with commands and getting better in his patience with not jumping up on people.

b-quote date=”1/29/20″ blog=”Tux continues to improve on staying seated to greet people, even his favorite people. He is so damn loving. As time goes by, he is a faithful companion. He loves to cuddle, and although he snores, he is just great to have around all the time. He’s energetic and loves to be outside, so winter is tough for him. He plays with the other dogs and doesn’t have any problems with them. He’s great with people, but he still tries to pull on people’s mittens and gloves so we still have to work on that.”]

1/15/20

BONUS BLOG From A Helping Handler... Tux continues to come and visit me in the mornings when his dad is at work. Me and his Dad have been focusing on several different things with him. I've had him outside a lot, and as you know, the weather has been warmer and it's a bit muddy. Tux is fine, except for his paws, but we've been playing a lot with Spudz. Poor Spudz. He used to be mostly white before playing with Tux. Now he looks like a Hershey's kiss! Tux plays really good with him. They play rough and they go all out! It's not aggressive, but it is full bore! Tux is a young dog who would do great with other young dogs. But even if you don't have another dog, he loves to be right by your side.

1/15/20

Tux continues to do well with his commands and listens well. He is even improving with transferring his obedience to new situations. We are still working on his excitability and jumping on people, but this week he has done really well! He still will try to nibble gloves or your sleeves if you cover your hands. It's a work in progress. When he is with me in the cell, I baby him, but as soon as he tries to jump on me, I tell him, 'Off' and he does. I only play with him when he isn't jumping and being too excited. We will continue working with him this way. I reward him with treats when he is four on the floor. It's working and getting better.

1/3/20

Hi, this is Tux's 'uncle.' I step in when his primary handler is at work. Since I'm without a dog of my own at the moment I go and get Tux every day at 4:30 AM. He is such a good boy and walks right over to my cell off leash, my door pops, and he jumps right up in the bunk with me. He gives me a quick kiss and then waits for his cookie. He then snuggles in beside me and waits for the covers to get tucked up tight. As soon as he's tucked in, he starts snoring! Yes, we love to spoil him! He deserves it! He has gotten to go out a lot this week and play with Spudz and we introduced him to Big Lou. We're still working with Tux on his greetings without jumping up and this week it feels like real progress has been made, even when he saw his favoritest hoomans! He still wants to snag gloves if you're wearing them though! He thinks they're part of a game!

12/28/19

Tux is doing very good. He is the cutest and smartest dog! He's very energetic and athletic and likes to play fetch, until he decides not to bring it back. He is doing great with wait and recall! He loves when 'his ladies' come to visit. He does get a little too excited then, but he calms back down.

12/18/19

Tux has been doing great with all of his commands and doing better when I first leave him in his crate to go to work. We've been working on not having him bark right after I leave him. Sometimes, when I'm not actually leaving for work, I will sit outside the cell and when he is quiet, I come back in and give him a treat and tell him 'Good boy!' I am also giving him T-Touch massages, sometimes 6 times a day and he really loves it?

12/10/19

Extra Journal Entry... 'One thing Tux will never be able to do is hide how nosy he is. He is like a three or four year old, 'What's this? What's that? Whatchya doin? Why?' I am trying to turn his natural, nosy curiosity in to a positive by allowing him to be interested, check stuff out, but then bring his focus back to me. He's a really smart boy, so he is getting it. Good boy, Tux!

12/10/19

Tux is doing great and continues to do well on his daily commands. I've been giving him the t-touch massages we were taught last week and he really enjoys them and snuggles with me. We will be watching the game together and I would work on t-touch on him, minutes later he starts snoring. Anyhow, he does love it and he is getting better at other things, including the cell. He doesn't touch anything around the cell other than his toys, which is huge progress from before.

12/4/19

Tux has incredible energy. He loves to go out back and run around. He will fetch, and as soon as he gets to you will drop it, but then pick it up before you can get it and start running, trying to entice you to chase him. If you have a treat for him, he will trade you and he does love to play fetch also. This guy will do anything for a treat! He's very smart and a wonderful, loving companion. He will make you smile, even when you're down.

11/20/19

Tux is doing great and continues to improve his focus and basic commands. He is very treat motivated. If you have treats, he will pretty much do anything asked of him. I've been working on sit/stays with walkaways. I also have him working well on leave-its. I put the treat on the ground and when he looks at me, instead of at the treat, I will pick it up and give it to him. He catches on to training skills fast! He loves attention and can get distracted by people, but I am able to regain his attention quickly. He's a big, snuggly puppy!

11/12/19

Tux and I have been working on his sit/stay, watch me, and off commands. He is doing so much better with all three. He is so energetic and LOVES to be outside every chance he gets. When we're outside we work on stays too. He has been working on sitting by my side while the other dogs walk past.

10/30/19

Tux is so full of energy and continues to do well with commands and training. He is doing his stays for longer and doing really well with auto-sit. Tux is ready for parole! He would like to take longer walks and work on his loose leash training!

10/23/19

Tux is doing good and listening well. He is getting much better at walking side by side and at times he will sit when you stop. He has been playing with Ace and exercising with him too. He has learned how to open his unlocked crate door with his nose and go inside when I tell him to. He will stay there until I tell him to come back out. He sits patiently while I put the food in his bowl and wait for me to tell him go eat. He loves to give hugs if you ask him. He is a quick learner and very intelligent.

10/10/19

Tux has been the most loving dog! As time goes by, he has improved on many things. He has learned to play fetch and continues to get better on his leash. He still wants to chase the groundhog, but what dog doesn't? He is a cuddler, but he is also a snorer!

10/2/19

Tux is doing well and is allowed to be more active now with the other dogs. He played with Big Boss for the first time this week and they were good. He is doing a whole lot better with commands and has stopped barking when I leave in the mornings for work. He loves to run back and forth with Ace in the runs. He is learning to focus on me when we go out and is doing great walking with me... Unless the ground hog is out.

9/28/19

Tux is doing great and learning commands quickly. He is treat motivated and enjoys being out. He loves to run and play fetch. There are times when he lays down in the grass with his ball and I get behind him, sneaking up and crawling, and he gets away crawling without even dropping his ball. It is hilarious! He is loving and loves attention.

9/18/19

Tux is learning sit, down, stay, touch, and wait. He is super focused when there are treats involved, which make it easier to train him. He is very loving and is getting used to things in his strange, new environment nicely. He has plenty of energy and he's very smart.

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