Ivan is Terrific!

Ivan is such a great leash walker and the only time he will take a little bit of a lead is when he's looking for the right place to pee! He is very low-maintenance to handle and to have around. He is a little bit shy in large crowds of people, but will adapt in any situation. He loves to be loved on... especially with a good ear rub! But his trainer’s time with him has come to an end, and he just wants you to know that he has been a great friend and that you are going to love him for years to come! He is a beautiful animal inside and out, as you will soon see!

Laid-Back Lad

This week, Ivan’s swap week trainer found himself in a lucky spot - spending a week with Ivan! This is when the trainers have the dogs with different training teams to see how well they’ll do commands for strangers, along with testing for separation anxiety. With Ivan’s intelligence, eager to please attitude, and his gentle, easy-going temperament, he had NO problems with either one!

Ivan and his swap week trainer had several great play time sessions, although he only seems to be interested in the rope toys. But for about five minutes, this four year old had the energy and excitement of a four month-old puppy! His swap week trainer can confidently say that if he were able to, he would adopt Ivan himself. And if Ivan’s forever family is looking for an easy-going, laid-back, gentle dog, but who also has his moments of energy and playfulness, they’ll be thrilled to welcome him home soon!

Big Ole Teddy Bear

Ivan is a great guy! He’s very friendly and playful.  He loves toys but loves napping, which is a favorite too! Actually, he seems to enjoy a little toy play and a lot of napping.  His inmate trainer says that Ivan is very gentle.  He doesn’t get rough when playing and he calms down quickly.  

Ivan likes to please his human and works hard with all of his commands.  He can be a little shy around strangers, but give him a few minutes and he’ll warm up.  He likes to explore, but does it in a mild slow fashion.  His inmate trainer says that he believes Ivan is going to be big hit in his forever home! 


Playful Guy

Well hey there, greyhound lovers! It’s hard to believe another whole week with Ivan has passed. Ivan is such a great greyhound who loves to relax. Ivan’s trainer loves to take him into the toy room to play, and Ivan’s favorite toy so far is the cloth bone toy - he just loves to toss that thing around! He is very obedient when it’s time to give up the toy when you go to get it from him (so you can toss it and watch him chase it!). Ivan is so funny to watch but he is a true greyhound - it does not take much to tire out this guy! After a few minutes of playing hard, he relaxes and chills even harder.

Ivan’s trainer has been stair training him and so far that’s been easy - he picked up on it right away! He is such a super calm and friendly dog, a little on the shy side, but his playful side is coming out more and more. The more comfortable he becomes around a person, the more he’ll show you his fun, sweet personality.

Until next week, Ivan out!

Low Maintenance Hound

Ivan’s inmate trainer says that Ivan has been a real joy to work with.  He’s super low maintenance and loves his kennel.  When it’s time to play he’s up and ready for that too!  His inmate trainer says that he believes that Ivan is pretty close to perfect.  He’s quick to learn and willing to try any task.  

Ivan is friendly and loves to play.  He’s gentle and easy to love.  The more he gets to know you the more his personality emerges.  


Prepare for Your Heart to be Stolen!

Ivan’s trainer could not ask for a better friend right now! While in prison, it’s very easy to forget about the rest of the world going on outside, and it’s easy for inmates to forget who they are, too. It’s hard not to feel like the rest of the world has forgotten about you. But having been placed in the position to care for and train Ivan has given his trainer a new purpose in his life. “The responsibility for another life leaves no room to sulk and feel bad for myself,” he says. He gets to watch Ivan grow from a retired racer to a well-behaved and well-trained member of someone’s family! He can look back on those memories of training with pride, grateful that he got to be a part of it. Ivan is such a special, loving, gentle and affectionate dog.

“It’s a surprising thought that despite my mistakes and shortcomings, I will still make a positive impact on the countless people that will come into contact with my best friend, Ivan. He has been far more than a trainee here, he has basically transformed into the role of an emotional support dog! I will always owe a special thanks to Second Chance for the time Ivan and I have been able to share together.”

Doesn’t that just melt your heart?!

Your New Best Friend

Over the past week, Ivan has made tremendous progress in his training and continues to show his vast amount of unbridled potential! In addition to learning all of his basic commands, he has also made his first attempt at using the stairs. As expected, Ivan was cruising up and down after only one training session! Ivan is truly a one of a kind greyhound and is a TOTAL catch! Anyone looking for a new best friend?!

Ivan "The Terrific"

Ivan has discovered the joy of TOYS!! Whether it’s a squeaky toy, rope toy or tennis ball. Ivan loves them all! He changes from his otherwise laid back demeanor into a new dog. The toys really bring out the playful side of Ivan. So now at the end of every training session he gets a little play time for a reward. Is training doesn’t end when the toys come out, because his trainer works on toy etiquette. Ivan is learning to “sit” when he wants a toy, rather than jumping up to get it himself. He’s catching onto that concept quickly. Ivan is proving to be a quick learner and it’s exciting to see so much progress in such a short amount of time. He already knows “hurry”, “let’s go”, “kennel”, “here”, “sit” and “bed” well. His trainer will work hard this week on the commands he’s slow to respond to. Until next week…Ivan The Terrific says “see ya soon!”

One Cool Dude

It is now the end of week two and Ivan is coming along very nicely with his training. He seems to be fully adjusted to his new environment. Ivan is one of the most laidback and lovable pups to come through the program, according to his lucky trainer. He is always happy to rest his head in your lap while being rubbed behind the ears.

Ivan is the perfect combination of being easy-going and whip smart. He has already learned wait, stay, kennel, and is quickly getting used to sit and bed.  He certainly loves his treats, and training comes with lots of those! More to come on this cool dude.

I think I'm going to like it here!

Hi everyone!   My name is Ivan and I’m trying out this new thing called retirement.  So let me explain this new gig…  I got this inmate training team who feeds me treats!  Like alllll day!  Okay, so maybe that’s stretching the truth a little….

Now, don’t get me wrong I enjoyed my racing career but there’s something to say about fluffy beds, treats on command, unlimited attention and endless new sights and sounds. I’ve been honing my investigative skills in this new place and it’s been so much fun!  

When I first arrived I was given the 5 star treatment.  All I can guess is that they know who I am based on my racing career.   Who knew I’d be this famous!  Anyway… I know I look stunning.  I mean my fur is really smooth , shiny and so soft and my teethies get brushed regularly.  I think I’m going to like it here!