The second semester of HAWS PETS program for the Lad Lake students (a school geared towards at-risk boys) has gone very well. Many of the boys this semester are returning from the first semester session.
Back in October the boys had several opportunities to learn about puppy development and play with some of HAWS adoptable puppies. One litter in particular was a favorite. It consisted of 7 white and tan roly poly little pups that all had "Jack" in their name in some form or another.
One of the puppies returned for a visit recently with his new owner. Jack Dempsey has been re-dubbed Leo and at 6 months of age is much bigger than the last time the boys met him when he was a mere 8 weeks. One of the kids knew who he was immediately -- without being told that this was a puppy he'd met once before. And the boys were delighted to see Leo and have an opportunity to get to know him again.
Leo's visit allowed the boys to not only meet up with an old friend, but also to use their training experience. Leo's mom wanted him to learn to greet people politely, instead of jumping as many adolescent dogs do. Additionally she wanted him to get a little more confidence as Leo is currently going through a developmental fear period.
The boys have worked with many adoptable dogs here at HAWS while enrolled in the program and it was great for them to be able to see what happens after the dog is adopted. The value of their work has been reinforced because the boys saw that what they do at HAWS makes a difference, and that the dogs go on to have wonderful homes with really great owners.