Here is what one of our volunteers has to say about Luke:
What Luke needs:
1. A lot of exercise!
2. Training and obedience classes to form a bond with his new owners.
3. A home with teens and adults only.
4. Strong and assertive owners who are knowledgeable and experienced with the St. Bernard breed.
5. Owners who are willing to invest time and energy into training
6. To be the only dog in his new home. No cats, either. No exceptions.
7. Lots of mental stimulation when left alone. A crate or an isolated area of the home will ensure he doesn’t find inventive ways to entertain myself.
Luke’s timeline at the OHS:
· Given his name “Lucky Luke” by OHS RIS Agent Hammond, who assisted in the puppy mill seizure.
· Luke was non-responsive to humans and would “shut down” easily.
· He wasn’t interested in toys or treats.
· He was afraid to take walks.
· OHS staff and volunteers began clicker training.
· He began responding to treats so clicker training became much easier.
· He began to sit for his food bowl.
· He was neutered and moved to the Adoption Centre.
· Luke could perform commands (even with distractions).
· He began keeping his room clean, but was still not completely housetrained.
· He started jumping up to see through windows.
· He began to play and roll onto his back for a belly rub.
· Luke began responding to commands outside, even with other dogs around.
· Volunteers have started formal dog introductions to get Luke more interested in making friends.
· Luke will now take treats and do tricks for anyone—outside or inside; even people he has never met.
· He knows his size and will still bulldoze his way to escape, but then will turn to look at you to make sure you are coming, too.
· He will roll over on command, and will gallop to come see you and say hi.
· He knows his name.