Precious was surrendered to Brandywine Valley Humane Society by her previous Owner in January of 2021 and was noted to have dog-dog concerns and showed a lot of reactivity on leash. It was also noted that Precious indicated a high level of prey drive – potentially towards other animals. Precious was sent to DPFL’s CCF later that year to assess her prey drive and interactions with other dogs.
Precious enjoyed playgroups since the day she arrived at CCF! Exposure to daily playgroups has been a key part of her behavior modification plan, and while Precious has consistently enjoyed the company of other dogs, she was a “lot of dog” to begin with! Precious enjoyed her own style of play, sometimes her strong and intense play was too much for the other dogs, and Precious wasn’t very conscientious about adjusting or slowing down when the other dogs would ask for a break. From persistent feedback from our handlers, Precious was able to learn to slow down and respond more appropriately to signals from her canine friends.
Ultimately, Precious is a high-energy and persistent dog that loves to roughhouse! But after working with her through basic manners, setting boundaries and expectations, and persistent reinforcement, Precious graduated and was adopted in February of 2022!
As we always do, we followed up with her adopter several times to see how everything is going and if there is any help or support we can provide, and she’s doing great!! And as it turns out, Precious’ new adopter thinks that “she is one of the best dogs I’ve ever had” and that this rough and tumble gal loves his 2-year-old grandbaby, lives with another dog, and everyone is getting along really well!
Canine Center Florida (CCF) is our first advanced training and behavior facility for unowned dogs that are suffering behaviorally. We review the history of each dog and then professionally assess them to determine the best course of action.
Our current rate of a positive outcome at CCF is 86% – and keep in mind these are the last small percentage of dogs that shelters have the toughest time adopting out.
Sadly, if not for the CCF program’s intervention, these dogs’ journeys could have ended with euthanasia. Our goal is to expand our operation to save even more dogs, but we need all of our dog-loving supporters to pitch in.