SKULLY
State:   NH
Age:     2 years
DOB:   Unknown
Weight: 51.6
Sex:     Male
Color:   Brindle
Neut/UPD:  Yes/Yes
Docked Tail:  No
Cropped Ears:  No
Children over 4:  No
Children under 4: No
Other dogs:  Yes
Cats:   No (no history)
separation Anxiety: No
leash trained:  No
crate trained:  Yes
house trained: Yes
obedience trained: somewhat
microchipped:  yes
Adoption Fee $375

8/4/2017 Time to update everyone on all of Skully's behavior modification  training. His reaction to strangers is toning down with each session along with the practice at home. He is right on schedule with his reactions and the trainer is very pleased  with his progress. The key to working with any reactive dog is positive reinforcement -  no punitive actions when correcting him. Skully will need continuous reinforcement of rules and boundaries and  will need to go to a home that understands reactive dogs. Socialization is a big factor with Skully. You will have to keep him out and about. which is not a problem because he loves going in the car and going for walks. He is doing OK with the gentle leader.  He still has some social graces to master, but he is my sweetheart and the progress he has made since arriving in January is incredible!
He is very trainable and very smart. . It is a lifelong commitment  which is true of all dogs!  He is a great companion. He loves to be with me. He is always laying in the doorway of whatever room I am in. Skully sleeps with me, and as all Boxers, he will lay across the middle of the bed and looks at me as if to say "where are you sleeping tonight?" He can't wait to go out in the yard and fetch is ball. He just loves playtime. He is such a good natured dog and deserves a forever home.  I would like to see him go to a single owner or a couple who would treat him like the little prince that he is.
I think he would be OK with other dogs, as he doesn't bother with the dog next door. He is more interested with his toys.
It would be great if he got adopted soon so that his new family could join in with his training.
Please consider this boy - he is a treasure!

7/1/2017 Skully is doing fine these days. He went to a training class this week and did very well. He is learning to tone down his reaction to strangers. He is also responding very well to his gentle leader. We are still doing a little zig zagging as we go, but not as much. His level of excitement has also come down considerably. He seems to thrive on rules and boundaries and he gets a lot of them here. He earns everything he gets and is very happy with himself when he gets his treats for doing a good job. Today he went for a mani/pedi. He is a handsome boy. 

 

6/12/2017 Skully is proving how smart he is. We did some leash training up and down
the street, zig-zagging back and fourth and round in circles and he  kept up the pace and seemed to be getting it. Practice makes perfect. I'm sure he will get there. I brought him to a friend who is a trainer and we got some good pointers on improving his confidence with strangers. He is a pleasure to have around. We are in full training mode and he loves it. Stay tuned for updates on his progress.
 4/5/2017 Skully is a good boy. He is a lot of fun to have around. He has learned how to be a lap dog! He is very good at listening but his excitement level is still quite high. He goes for rides with me and doesn't want to get out of the car.
He still is a little fearful of strangers, but we are working on it and he is very willing to learn as long as there are treats nearby. He has earned a spot on my bed at night, and stays still until we get up. He is a great dog to have around - just needs some fine tuning.

 2/19/17  Skully has been with us for 2 weeks now and he has made great strides in his behavior.  He understands commands, but because of his young age, he can only hold them for a short time. He will be a work in progress until he gets a little older. He just seems to get better by the day. He is a very happy boy. Adding coconut oil to his food has taken care of his flaky skin.
He is easily redirected to his toys when he gets excited and seems to be
able to calm himself down. He does like to jump on us, but that is getting
better too. A little TLC with Skully goes a long way! He loves and needs his playtime out in the yard with his tennis balls. Leash training is next as long as the streets stay clear.

2/15/17 – Here is a little more info on Skully.  He is a boxer mix
that was picked up as a stray a few weeks ago by an Animal Control
Officer and no one claimed him.  She said he has a very friendly,
sweet disposition.  The workers at the shelter he was taken to and
stayed a few weeks said he was scared and quiet in his kennel and
spent as much time outside as he could. Said he never barked, and
never engaged with the other dogs through the kennels and kept to
himself while he was kenneled. Outside of the kennel he was a very
energetic, sweet, and loving pup who loves people and was not bothered
by other dogs. He is very treat and food motivated which will help him
improve on all the basic commands he already seems to know! They said
his tail never stops wagging and he was constantly on the move which
made it hard to get good pictures.


2/4/2017 Skully just arrived today. He is a very happy good boy, but needs to settle in. We already know he loves to fetch his tennis ball and actually brings it right back and drops it so you can throw it again. He has had some training.
I gave him a bath and he stood still the whole time. He was very good.
He gets excited and calms down pretty well.  More on Skully as we get to know him.