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; As Nathan was healing, but still very uncomfortable, he had a couple of instances where he acted out to staff members when things were not to his liking. For this reason he came up to the sanctuary in Willits to finish his recovery and to better evaluate which type of home would best suit him. What we have here noted with Nathan is that he is a happy, active and outgoing dog who is eager to interact with people and is good with other dogs, but only when resource guarding is not an issue.
; He has shown us that he does have a lack in bite inhibition so should go to a home with dog savvy adults only. This lack often comes from a puppy not being fully handled all over or taught that they should not own' objects etc. These things are important in order for a pup to grow into a well rounded adult. Nathan was getting along well with our Coonhound Sally, albeit a bit guarded at first. Unfortunately Nathan then reacted badly towards her both over food and secondly over not wanting to share the water bowl. In the first case he did re-direct when a staff member tried to physically remove him from the bowl he had decided should rightfully be his. He did not injure her, but this did show us that he needs help establishing boundaries.
; We feel that Nathan has great potential as a loving friend and companion, granted that he is with a family that will safely and kindly teach him that he can give up control without negative results, and that in fact he will be much happier if he can do so. He truly is an otherwise loving and attentive boy who just needs to understand and settle into his place in the world. He would n
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