Bruno's story begins at ACCT Philadelphia, where he found himself as a stray dog, singing the blues in his kennel until a friend came along. He certainly found a dedicated friend, who after months of visiting him daily, took him into foster care.
Bruno spent a couple months in foster care with a pit-mix foster sister, who he got along with beautifully. He seemed an anxious dog, but the lifestyle of his foster just seemed to fit; low foot traffic, plenty of exercise, and an experienced handler. This is where Bruno's amazing personality really shined. He's a total goofball, who's tail seems to never stop wagging. His affection supply is never-ending, and he's perfectly content with life as long as he's got toys around. They're his absolute favorite!
Bruno found himself at Dog Town Rescue when his foster had to make a big move out of state. He fit right into our dog park environment, and quickly won over the hearts of staff members.
Soon after, Bruno was adopted by a great family with many young kids. Once settled in their home, it became apparent that they were not the fit for Bruno's anxious energy. They often had unannounced visitors in and out, a busy household, and were not able to offer Bruno the structure he needed. After exhibiting some guarding behaviors with strangers entering the house, it was decided that Bruno should come back to Dog Town by all involved.
Since returning, while still the happy boy we know and love, Bruno's anxiety has been apparent. He is only comfortable with certain staff members, which we have accommodated. We felt it best to have Bruno evaluated by a trainer. The trainer recognized Bruno's anxiety, but certainly encouraged us that it is workable, and he can excel in the proper home. We have taken him back for a session, where we worked heavily on a "place" command which would be useful for visitors coming into a home. Bruno is one smart cookie! He nailed it no problem, and with some consistent training, we are confident he could master it. His training plan involves a lot of desensitizing, and working on recall and focus, even with distractions.
Bruno needs a very special adopter that will commit to continuing to work with him. With training, his behaviors can be modified, but also need to be managed for a lifetime. He needs a strong, patient leader, who will fulfill his needs for exercise and structure.
Luckily, Bruno is the wiggliest, happiest dog around once he is comfortable with you. His tail can wag a mile a minute, he's affectionate, he LOVES toys, and he has an incredible amount of love to give. While he needs a slow approach when meeting people, his personality is well worth the wait. This boy promises to keep you smiling, and you'll have a loyal friend for life.
If you're the right fit for Bruno, we promise that the work is worth the reward. He's a really special dog, who just needs a really special kind of owner.
Bruno's adoption fee ($100) will go directly towards a session with the trainer we've been using to work on his behaviors. It covers the whole session, so we can be sure you will start off on the right foot!
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