Forever Home, Here I Come!

Well, here we are, the final week! It has been an absolute pleasure caring for Hope these past 10 weeks. This smart, loving, four-legged ball of joy bring smiles to everyone she meets. Hope knows all of her commands and is always eager to please. When they take her out on the dog run, she just wants to say hi to everyone! Her training team firmly believes that her favorite time of day is feeding time - she just loves to eat. They are going to miss her so much because she has been an absolute joy to have with them these past two and a half months. But it makes them happy to see that she's going to her forever home where she’ll get loved on forever!

Hyped for Hope

Another week has passed in school for Hope! The session is almost over, and then she’ll be all yours! Are you excited yet? ‘Cause you should be!

This past week was swap week, and her swap week trainer had a magnificent time with this beauty. He cannot adequately express how loving she is. When she comes out of her kennel, all she wants to do is go up to different people to be rubbed, petted, and loved on. She sees a person and her tail starts wagging, and she goes right up to them to rub against them (the classic greyhound hug). She is just such a sweet dog. I know it seems like I have said this a hundred times, but you have no idea!

Laying in her kennel or on the bed, she will roll over on her side and beg for belly rubs with those big ole dinner plate eyes. She loves it and will lie there as long as you continue to pet her! Of course, her trainers can already picture her curled up on your couch or lying in bed beside you while you pet her. She will be in doggy heaven!

The only thing she loves as much as belly rubs is FOOD! Doesn’t matter what type of treat - she eats them all and enjoys working for them. She will normally do a sit, down, or bed without prompt so she can get a treat. It is so cute!

This is all for now. There’s not much else to say other than this delightful pup will soon be yours, and you can see for yourself what all the hype has been about!

Attention Getter

Another week closer to Hope graduating and heading to her forever home. Hope is such a sweet and loving greyhound. As soon as you open her kennel door, she comes out, tail wagging and ready for some loving. She will flop over on her side and raise her leg up wanting you to rub her chest and belly. She’s also down for a little neck scratching. This girl loves all kinds of affection and attention!

Another week of 10’s on her commands. She’s one smart cookie. It will not be long before Hope is all yours. Her trainer knows you will enjoy her as much as he has. Swap week up next…

The Best Around!

With every week that Hope is here, she brings more joy to everyone’s hearts! She loves hanging out in the dayroom on her bed, and in fact wants to lay down on every bed she comes across! At playtime, she enjoys chewing on and playing with a frisbee. Her trainer thinks she would love to chase one in an open field!

Hope loves to be petted and her favorite is getting belly rubs. This week at show and tell she did amazingly, performing sit, stay, leave it, heel, down, wait, stay, jump, bed and kennel as if she had known them her whole life! Every time her trainer approaches her kennel, she is so happy to see him. When they go outside, she wants to say hi to everyone she passes. Hope has never met a stranger, truly. Her trainer firmly believes that she will bring joy and love to her forever home and make an excellent four-legged family member!

Happy Hope!

Another week has gone by for Hope and she’s getting closer to going to her forever home.  Her inmate trainer says that she’s a good girl who still amazes him.  She’s fast to pick up on anything new and she’s loving and happy.  

It normally only takes her a few times to pick up on something new.  She get’s the concept of the request and gets it down pat in a day or two.  After that ,it’s on to perfecting them.  

She spent the weekend watching TV with her inmate trainer.  She seemed to enjoy relaxing the day away.  Bed is by far her favorite command.  If she walks by a bed and she thinks she needs to lay down and try it out. 

When she goes for a run she takes off fast! She likes to run with her other Grey friends. Afterwards she comes back with a big doggie grin on her face.

Belly Rubs Please

It seems impossible, but another week has gone by already.  Hope’s inmate trainer says that she’s taking training with ease and doing really well.  She improves daily with her response times and holding the position longer.  

Bed is still one of favorite commands.  If she happens to be close to a bed she’s gonna check it out.  If you start petting on her she’ll roll over on her back with her paws up in the air ready for a belly rub.  

Hope’s a loving girl who wags her tail like crazy and believes humans were put on earth to show her attention.  

One Smart Cookie

This week was Hope’s first time trying stairs, and she did really well! Going up them was no problem, but coming down she wanted to pause about halfway and then jump to the bottom. It is okay, though - she will get better at this and more comfortable the more she does it.

Her favorite command is “bed” - if she sees an empty day bed out in the dorm and she walks past it with her trainer, she wants to go lie down on it immediately!

One morning this week, she laid down on the bed and stayed there for an hour - a few people came up wanting to pet her. She was deep in relaxation mode.

Her trainer has been getting her to “sit” for her food while he puts it in the kennel and then releases her to go in and eat. He has to switch it up, because now she’ll sit before the command is even given! It doesn’t take her long to figure out how to make the food happen. She is eager to please and LOVES treats of all kinds.

Hope also got to work on “jump” this week and took to it like a champ! Jumping in the back of an SUV, truck or van is not going to be a problem for her. She’s a smart girl! Well, this is all for now - check back next week, because this gorgeous smarty pants has many more adventures down the road. Take care!

Maximum Sweetness

Hope is SUCH a sweet hound, and her trainer says that it is an absolute privilege to train her. She loves getting affection. It’s rare that a hound picks up on the sit command this quickly, but Hope sits and waits patiently for the release command. She loves eating marshmallows in her kennel and loves to play with toys in the training room. She is very social and wants to say HELLO!!! to everyone she meets. When she goes to her forever home, she is going to make them so happy with her big, loving heart.

Easy to love

Hope has been doing great this week!  Her inmate trainer is introducing new commands a little at a time.  She’s been sitting each time before she eats or before she goes into her kennel.  She’s already starting to sit on her own!  They’ve been working on the “bed” command and getting her to lay down and stay on it for short periods of time.  So far her favorite command is “here”.  She knows that when she goes to whoever calls her, she gets a yummy treat.  

Hope’s inmate trainer says this sweet girl is easy to love.  He’s looking forward to training days ahead! 

Hope reporting for training

CR Wys Muv – Hope had a BUSY first day! Coming into a new environment with all different types of sights and smells. Getting a bath with flea and tick removal, ears cleaned, weighed, nails cut, checked all out, and then exploring her new living quarters… whew! That’s a lot!

She did well on everything except for being a little nervous during bath time. She wanted to get away from the water being poured on her, but once she realized it was inevitable, she settled down. Later that day and for the past few days, she and her trainer have been exploring the dorm together. He lets her walk all around the place, smelling and seeing where she will be staying for the next 10 weeks. She loves meeting everyone and sniffing their hands – always looking for treats!

She has also been working on walking properly by her trainer’s side and not out in front of him or behind him, getting her used to being led by whoever has the leash. The let’s go command goes along with this one, letting her know that we are moving, to pay attention, and that we may be changing direction. 

This coming week is all about slowly introducing her to the new commands. He starts with easy ones so that she can get a good foundation, get rewards, and it helps build her confidence in herself and in her trainer. Baby steps – you got to have a level of trust. 

Well, this is all for now – stay tuned for more of Hope’s adventures, and take care!