We are thrilled to announce the seven dogs that have graduated from our Full Service programs during the month of November. This was a very diverse group of dogs, with a diverse range of issues, and we are excited to be able to follow their progress now that they are back at home with their owners.
Kai: Golden Retriever from St. Augustine, Florida, Option 2 Graduate
Kai came to The Doghouse as an out of control young Golden. He jumped all over his owner, pulled on the leash, and refused to come when called. All of these problem behaviors were at odds with his owner’s goals to be able to to have a well mannered dog in the city, as well as to be able to control him when out in the country at her parent’s house. Kai completed our Distraction Training program, and is now out in the world as a well mannered dog.
Chief: Golden Retriever from Lithia, FL, Option 2 Graduate
Chief is a typical Golden Retriever: exuberant, happy, and always on the go. His over exuberance got him into trouble at his last daycare when he was mouthing people. While in our obedience training program, this handsome boy learned more than just how to heel and stay. He learned how to appropriately express himself, how to be well mannered out in public, and what types of behaviors were never acceptable for him to display.
Scarlett: German Shepherd from Tampa, FL, Option 2 Graduate
Scarlett is an awesome young German Shepherd who just went home from her training program. Her owners love the strong protective instinct that she has, but need to be able to manage it in all types of situations. Dogs with stronger temperaments need good obedience and handling to ensure that they will mesh well with a family and be solid out in public.
Bella: German Shepherd from Gainesville, FL, Option 2 Graduate
Bella is another young GSD who came to us because she was a bit too wild. She acted aggressively to small dogs outside of her family, pulled on the leash, jumped all over guests, and had separation anxiety. All of these issues stemmed from a lack of maturity, a lack of “jobs”, and a lack of rules. Bella has a much more structured life now, and is able to fit in much better to her owner’s life.
Penny Sue: Yorkshire Terrier mix from Sun City Center, FL, Option 2 Graduate
If you were trying to fit the most personality in the smallest package, you would get Penny Sue. Like most Yorkies, this spunky little pup is very energetic and always up for an adventure. She had a bad habit of bolting out the door and was impulsive in most areas of her life. Now she has learned how to have some self control and how to go from speeding away from her owner to speeding back to her on recalls.
Lobo: Bernerdoodle from St. Petersburg, FL, Option 2 Graduate
Former wild child Lobo is a graduate who we are very proud of. His large size was quite an issue when he was jumping all over people and trying to drag his owners down the street. He thought that playing “keep away” was quite fun, and wasn’t too keen on listening to commands. Now Lobo no longer pulls on the leash, he knows not to jump on people, and he is able follow a variety of obedience commands.
Nola: Belgian Malinois from Tampa, FL, Option 2 Graduate
A breed very near and dear to all of us at The Doghouse is the Belgian Malinois. These dogs are very driven, high energy, and very intelligent. All of these traits got Nola into trouble in the first year of her life. She had separation anxiety, she enjoyed herding people, and she was reactive to dogs when on walks. By channeling her drives into obedience, we were able to break Nola of these habits and put her on the path of being a well mannered dog for her owners.