Having spent the majority of his life in a dog run with minimal interaction with humans or other animals, Brutus developed some kind of a nervous condition that makes him run in circles. A behaviorist has determined that it is not a severe problem, because it is different from the typical obsessive spinning she has seen in some dogs; and a neurologist judges that the circling behavior is likely due to a brain lesion, but to determine a more definitive cause would require exams such as an MRI and spinal fluid tap. With the lack of progression of his symptoms over the previous months, we have been given reason to believe that the symptoms will remain static. We are glad that his condition is unlikely to worsen!
So, what does this mean for his forever family? According to his foster family, the circling behavior is easily managed. Brutus responds very well to just being held on a leash or putting on the Gentle Leader. Keeping him calm is key; when he relaxes, the circling stops, but when he gets anxious or excited, the circling intensifies. Another helpful thing is to have a calm, confident dog as his companion.
His circling behavior aside, Brutus is your typical Golden Retriever: sweet, affectionate, and playful. He is well-behaved in the house and knows not to demand attention all the time. His family does need to learn his cues when he's asking to go out, or he'd have accidents due to his nervous drinking.
Brutus is being fostered in the Twin Cities metro area, and his adoption fee is $175. Please contact us for further information on Brutus. We are committed to helping you to care for him successfully.
Please see Brutus's webpage for additional updates and photos: http://ragom.org/avail.cgi/Available/dog?dog_id=6866.
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