Tucker came to our shelter on 2/1/16 because his owner didn’t want him anymore. He is a handsome 2½ year old Walker Hound/Fox Hound (mix) that weighs 50 pounds. There is NOTHING WRONG with Tucker, and we are happy to have him. He is a delightful mid-sized guy who really WANTS and deserves to be WANTED!
Tucker is an energetic guy that needs an outlet for his dynamism. He’s had many female roommates that he loved to romp and play with, but they have all been adopted. If he wasn’t so desperate for attention, he’d have already been adopted too. He enjoys visitors so much that he is all over the place with excitement when he has company. Not able to contain his joy, he gets all hyped up when he is paid attention to. We are working with him in an attempt to teach him to calm down and “be still” when he has company, so people can see how sweet he is.
I (Flower) am trying a new strategy with him. A few times each week I take him out in the BIG yard with me, and we run and play. He comes to me EVERY TIME I call him, because he knows I carry treats. I am trying to teach him to “being still” and then “sit” (for the treats) AFTER he has run a few laps and he almost does it now. He makes me laugh during these so called “training exercises” because he smiles and dances frantically in front of me, in a big knot of chaotic wiggles, as he tries not to jump on me and figure out exactly what I want from him. He’s beside himself as he tries “to curb his enthusiasm.” He wants to please me and this is a very good trait. Once he has been well exercised, he loves to be petted and receive butt rubs.
Tucker is much better when he is away from the shelter and in the middle of everything going on around him. He was a real hit at the Memorial Day celebration up on Wintergreen Mountain. He was well mannered on leash, didn't bark, was friendly with dogs, enjoyed the kids, and didn't seem bothered by the loud music. He rode well in the van too. Clearly, he enjoyed his day out and he needs more of them!
Someone once saw him digging when he was left alone in one of our yards, but I have NEVER seen him dig when he is hanging out with me. Sometimes I even hide from him for quite a while to see if he will dig and he does not. I think the time someone saw him dig, he was bored and/or going after a vole or something. If he had another dog to run and play with, and keep him busy, I doubt he would even think about digging.
Tucker needs an active family who will take him on interesting walks, and he would probably love to have a dog friend too because he loves other dogs so much. He MUST have an outlet for his energy so a nice big yard would suit him well. If it turns out he is a determined digger, he should probably do okay with an Invisible Fence/electronic collar or a combination of visible fence and electronic collar.
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