Change this animals life today!
|Status:||Available for adoption|
|Animal Type(s):||Medium Dogs|
|Approx. date of birth:||Aug 2015|
|Spayed / Neutered:||Yes|
|Good with kids:||Unknown – No children in the home please.|
|Good with dogs:||Yes|
|Good with cats:||Unknown|
Please note – I do require a specific home with a knowledgeable owner and another dog in my home. I have made a lot of progress with SCARS but need the right person to maintain my success. Someone with experience training dog sports would be neat.
I am about 30 pounds, but pretty tall, kind of a thin, lean deal. Just over a year old. If foster mom had to guess she would say I am a sighthound/terrier mix of some type, but it is a fun game to get creative. She says I seem to fit into the primitive dog family – like Basenji, Cirneco dell’Etna or Ibizan Hound. Just like these dogs I have endless endurance, agility, speed, and love to hunt small animals. I am also incredibly smart, and I need regular training games and mental stimulation. Not the easy stuff, but training specific detailed tasks – I love clicker training and shaping and am very driven by food and play (flirt pole and tug are my favorites). If you follow the SCARS Facebook page you will see me regularly appear for Trick Tuesday because I know so many cool things.
Now if you follow SCARS you may have seen my intake story months ago. Unfortunately, I missed basically all of my socialization that young dogs need, and then I was traumatized by witnessing some horrific events that led to me losing the only person I had ever known and leaving the only place I had ever been. Add on to that I was the more reserved member of a littermate pair that was together too long so I never developed the ability to face challenges on my own, the created some neophobic personality traits to the degree that a new tennis ball is scary, even though I love all other tennis balls, that one smells strange. I was lucky to get a second chance but because of my background I will always be a challenge in new environments – if I am pushed beyond my comfort zone I panic and can make very strong negative associations. I have gotten good at exploring some new places with my foster mom and best dog buddy, but this routine will need to be built back up with my new forever person. Also, I am a one-person dog all of the way, and man do I love my person. I am not friendly with strange people, but I can learn to accept specific new people into my circle with some work.
I would love to have a large acreage, but who wouldn’t. I need another dog in my home but they should be confident and friendly, and I prefer big dogs.