Sometimes all a guy needs to make himself appealing is a little polish! Such was the case with Hank, who arrived at the Southwest Ohio Doberman Rescue with some behavior issues. Hank is a sweet-tempered two-year-old who came to the Rescue from a shelter in West Virginia. His previous owners had gotten him as a very young puppy, and were unprepared for the energetic demands of a full-grown dog.
Seems Hank was the victim of poor puppy parenting! Volunteers tried to introduce him to other dogs, but without success. He wasn’t aggressive or mean-tempered… he just didn’t seem to have a clue as to how to be a dog!
Fortunately for Hank, the Rescue had just received an Orvis Petfinder Foundation Grant. These monies were used to create a training fund in conjunction with a newly formed training program. This is a separate fund, void of other rescue operational cost such as vet care, food, etc. It was created in an effort to help dogs become more adoptable, as well as to keep dogs in homes that are at risk of being surrendered due to behavior issues.
Hank was able to attend a board-and-train program where staff and volunteers worked on gradual introductions and socialization with other dogs. He’s making progress and, with any luck, this training will make him more adoptable and increase his chances of finding a forever home.
Hey, you can’t fault a guy for not knowing what he’s never been taught!
The Petfinder Foundation is an Orvis Customer Matching Grant partner. Find out how you can help dogs like Hank. Orvis will match your donation, dollar for dollar, up to $30,000, for a goal of $60,000 to help ensure that no dog is euthanized for lack of a loving home. And maybe you’ll even find a new best friend!