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Howdy y’all! I’m Sprout! I’m a fun loving, playful, medium-high energy 3 year old ACD who came to live with my foster mom after my previous owners left me at a shelter in North Carolina. My foster mom says I’m the definition of a Velcro dog because I always want to be by her side. I absolutely love wrestling with my foster sisters in the backyard and going for car rides with my foster mom. I do have something called an overbite which means that my lower jaw is shorter than my upper jaw, but it doesn’t slow me down at all with eating, drinking, or playing, and it gives me an extra special and adorable grin!
When I came to my foster mom’s house, I was feeling really sick and was fighting something that the doctor called an upper respiratory infection. Instead of getting better, I started feeling even worse and the doctor found out I had developed something called pneumonia. After a lot of TLC and a couple weeks of medicine, I started feeling like a million bucks! I am making up for the time I lost while I was so sick when I couldn’t be with my foster sisters, and I spend every possible minute with them now. We wrestle and run in the backyard, and they have taught me how to play a really fun game called “fetch.” I can’t catch the ball in my mouth like my foster sisters can but I’m working on it. I am a vocal player and I growl and grunt a lot. After playtime, I come in and snuggle with my foster sisters on a dog bed or curl up at my foster mom’s feet. I really like to play with other dogs, but I would prefer to be the only “child” in my new family so that all the attention and focus can be on me.
I am house trained and I have learned to like my crate quite a bit. I prefer my plastic crate to a wire crate because it feels like my own personal den! My foster mom is also working on my manners. I went to this really fun place called the Dog Wizard where they worked on the manners my foster mom had already taught me and taught me some new things. They helped me understand that learning is fun! I know my name, “sit”, “down”, “come”, “stay”, “load up”, “kennel”, “no”, “place”, “heel”, and “wait”. I’m still working on “leave it”, “drop it”, and “go” which is used if I am being too possessive of my things, but I am figuring these commands out. I also have learned to walk very well on something called a transitional leash and will stay right by my foster mom’s side on walks. I also have done a lot of off-leash work and have done great with that! My foster mom says I am all ACD because I am a tough nut to crack and am hardheaded. I won’t give away any secrets of what happened in my previous home, but if given an inch, I take a mile. If given the opportunity, I will try to assert my dominance over everyone in the household and if I succeed, I can be a real handful. I can get very pushy to try to get my way.
I am an attention seeker and I don’t care whether it is positive attention for something I have done right or negative attention for something I have done wrong. The Dog Wizard has helped me realize that positive attention should be what I want and will be what I receive if I am a good boy, but I will still test you some. If I am asked to do something or something is done to me that I don’t like, I tend to get mouthy instead of being agreeable but my foster mom is working with me on this and The Dog Wizard helped me with this as well. I have heard that there are Dog Wizards across the country and that if my new family ever needs help with my training that I can go back to that cool place for a refresher course!
My new family will need to be prepared to establish a routine and work with me consistently to continue the training that my foster mom and the Dog Wizard have already put in, and it would probably be a good idea to work with me with a trainer on the issues that I already have that are still a work in progress. I got a lot of mixed signals in my lifetime, and I am just trying to sort them all out and learn how to be the best boy in the world!
I tend to be a little protective of my food because I don’t want anyone to steal it, but my foster mom is working with me on that and I am realizing that I don’t need to defend my food. I prefer to eat in my crate. I also can be possessive of chews and toys, something my foster mom calls resource guarding. I would do best in a home without children.
I am neutered, up to date on all vaccinations, current on heartworm prevention and flea and tick prevention, and have a clean bill of health from the veterinarian! I am ready to find my forever home and would love for it to be with an active couple either on a farm or with a big yard with plenty of room to run and play!
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sprout is currently being fostered in Durham, NC.
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