Deuce would do best with a very quiet family (with no kids) and a house that doesn’t have a lot of activities. He wants to love, watch TV (on the sofa), go for walks, and LOVE!!!!!
He crates well but he will want to be with his owners when they are home.
His anxiety can be managed with the right surroundings and reinforcement and encouragement from his owners. He just needs to know the world is right and he is loved.
Deuce is a very sweet boy, loves animals and just needs a caring gentle person to help him see the grass is greener and the flowers smell great. Deuce came to MAGDRL in March. (5)
Deuce is a 6 year old, medium size black male and adjusted well with his foster mom and sister. He loves his foster family, making them laugh with his playful goofiness. He takes a brisk walk every day at his favorite spot, the local cemetery where there are few distractions and beautiful views. Daily walks keep his muscles tone and joints loose. After the walk, he loves a comfortable seat on the couch with his blanket, pillow, and teddy bear. He goes to the bathroom on command and knows basic command words. Deuce respects the boundaries of a baby gate around the kitchen and stays on his side of the bed at night. Deuce enjoys baths but does not like his nails clipped. He does not care for chew toys but love his stuffed teddy bear. Whether he is happy, sad, or nervous, the bear serves as a form of comfort. He rides well in the car and crates well for short periods of time. He attends daycare one in awhile but prefers to be the only dog in a very quiet home. He does not like noise from appliances or the vacuum but progressively barks less with exposure. He does not easily warm up to people that come to the house or walk in public. With the right direction or redirection, he would be less aggressive towards strangers. He does love other animals, though is sometimes uneasy around cats. Once strict routine is established and lots of positive attention is given, he will make a loving companion.
Deuce’s foster was not able to keep him any longer so he is at our kennel and looking for a new foster home or better yet his forever home. Deuce is adjusting well to his new routine and is enjoying being able to play with all the other dogs. He takes great comfort in his stuffed animals, they are his prize possession. Since coming back to the kennel we have seen improvement in his social skills. He is now confident enough to be able to warm up to people much quicker than before. It is still on his time table but he has improved greatly. He does suffer from anxiety and will bark when he goes back in his kennel and left along. For this reason, I do not think he is a good fit for an apartment. A single family home with a yard is what we will be looking for. Deuce is very routine oriented and would do best in a quiet home where someone is home a lot and also likes to follow a routine. Given the right situation, Deuce could really thrive and be a fantastic companion.
Update October 31
First, this guy is SMART! In his short time with his new foster he has already learned to pick up his "baby" from the yard, sit and stay before we come in. He is going on daily walks and has encountered a lot of people and traffic with no problems whatsoever. He is territorial and pulls on a leash so his foster Mom is working on that. He does bark when he is inside and we think he has used the barking to get what he wants without consequence and is now used to it. With patience and consistency, we are hoping this will subside. He is so, so sweet, happy and a YOUNG 6.
Deuce is now going to daycare and enjoying himself and wearing himself out. He needs a chance to relax and play and be a dog and this is proving to be a great thing for him. He loves to play with his buddies. His foster Mom is seeing more of his personality and he is a total sweetheart and a big goofball. He definitely wants to be next to me at all times....he is a tur Velcro Dane.
Update November 17
Deuce has settled into a daily routine of going to daycare during the week and sleeping in on the weekends. At first he was leery of day care but now he walks right in with no hesitation. He is still overly excited when he goes home at the end of the day but a few laps around the yard usually works out any extra energy.
Since he is so smart, he needs tasks to keep him occupied. He must sit before he gets food, gets to come inside or go in the car, etc. In the mornings, he can get anxious to leave so he is kept occupied by telling him to find his baby. There are several babies and he gathers them all and occasionally takes them with him outside or in the car.
He has gained independence and will stay on the sofa or in bed as opposed to following me constantly. He needed me to sit by him while he ate at first so this is a huge step. He takes some time to warm up to a new environment but patience and structure are key.
He is territorial at home and in the car which we are still working on. However, he has been on walks downtown, to the dog park, and the pet store with no aggressive barking.
He will sometimes slip back into barking to get what he wants but as soon as he's given a command it stops.
He loves to cuddle and put his head in my lap. He has a true Dane personality and will sit on laps, do zoomies, and romp around like a puppy. He loves my cat but she steers clear of him to his frustration! He's not a counter surfer or chewer unless frustrated. He only chewed once and that was the first time I crated him. He's been fine since then.
With consistency and patience, he is an amazing dog. He is very trainable and I'm constantly surprised at what he comprehends. Oh and he is just so darn cute....I find it myself laughing out loud at him every day.
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