Sunday, August 19, 2007

K-9 Corrections Graduate and Pugs

This is Hope. She is ready to be adopted from the prison dog program K-9 Corrections. Contact the if you are interested in finding out more about her and the adoption process. She is listed on the available dog page. Or call 207-594-2200 Isn't she adorable?

Hope is just over a year old and is a shepherd/rottie mix. She comes crate trained (with crate) and has training in all basic obedience commands. She knows sit, down, stay, heel, loose leash walking, sit pretty, beg, high five, roll over and most imporantly, the recall. (She can work wearing either regular collar or Gentle Leader head collar) Her adoption fee includes a session with me to teach you how she was taught so you can continue her training using positive methods.

Hope came into the program due to her over exuberance with the kids in the home. She needed to be taught proper manners. She has learned those lessons well and now just needs a new family to love. She loves to play frisbee and fetch games.

Hope loves to play and is a very sweet dog who learns quickly. Training has helped her confidence but she can be shy in some new situations. She does get very excited when she sees other dogs. (We are still working on that-her training continues until the day she is adopted.)

She is living at the prison with her handlers so call to set up a visit with her if you want to meet her (at the shelter) in the flesh.

Looking for a great dog? Consider your own local shelter. There are many just like Hope waiting for a new home.

On another somewhat related note we are now actively looking to add a pug to our home. My son has been wanting one for two years and we have decided the time has come to make it happen. If anyone knows of an individual pug in need of a new home in New England (we are in Maine) please let me know. It has to be able to live with our dogs Missy and Jack, and two well behaved dog savey children. (ages 10 and 12) I obviously will check in with shelters and rescue groups in the area. All leads are appreciated.


Riley said...

Hope is such a beauty! I'm sure she'll get snapped up by a lucky family in no time.

Re: the Gentle Leader debate you-know-where, I'm on your side (I'm a convert after seeing what it's done for Apollo). If used carefully, there's no damage to the dog's neck. I'm hopeful that I won't have to use it for the rest of his life, but for right now, it makes walks so much more enjoyable for the both of us. And there is no marked difference in his attitude whether it's on or off (i.e. he's not depressed with it on any more). The only annoying thing is that he itches his head on my leg some times... but at least he heels when he does that, lol!

Congrats on the decision to add a pug to your family. I think they are so adorable and am looking forward to pics. :] Can't think of a better dog mum that your future pug could be blessed with.

P.S. Love the "I don't whisper, I translate" tagline!

Marie said...

Thanks for the vote of confidence. I know not everyone likes them but they are a great tool for some dogs. Jack does the rub thing sometimes too when he is wearing his.

Pugs are cute but boy I hate starting over with a new breed finding a good breeder. And these small dog breed puppies cost much more. (smaller litters) Of course we are also considering a rescue as well. All options are open at this point.

I "borrowed" that line from another trainer. I thought it very appropriate considering all the explaining of dog behavior I end up doing with clients. VBG :]

Hope Apollo and Jenna are enjoying the great weather!