Hi my name is Luke and I am a 2 year old Lab/Shepherd mix. I am not very big. I weigh about 50 lbs. I’m living in a foster home that has a bunch of dogs; some are bigger than me and some are smaller than me. I get along with all of them. When my foster Mom walks me with the new foster dogs she uses me as the Teacher because I walk so well on my leash. I know my HEAL command very well. The reason why is because IAR took me to a place that taught me training. My last owner had to return me because they didn’t spend any time with me on my training and I was very stubborn. But now that my Coach, my Trainer worked with me I am not stubborn anymore. I do have this weird thing I do. I groan/growl. It sounds like I am being mean but my Coach explained that’s part of my genetics. I do that when I get excited too. She taught my foster Mom and my foster Mom can teach you too what I need to have happen. My foster Mom just redirects me. My Coach says it is like a teenager talking back and it’s just my way of talking back. My command is “enough” or “stop” and then I get redirected. Before, my old family would just put me away in a room and I didn’t know what I was doing wrong. So I didn’t get socialized with people or other dogs. At training I had to be socialized with doggie daycare and here in my foster home there’s other dogs. I know a lot of commands: SIT, STAY, DOWN and HEAL. I take my treats really well and if you toss them to me I can catch them. I am not food aggressive and I am house trained. I don’t need a crate during the day. I like to spend the day sitting on a chair so that I can look out the window. I love going for car rides and I sit very well in the car. I know when my foster Mom takes me to our events because that means we are going for a car ride. This is when I get to meet lots of people. I am good with meeting people but sometimes when I meet men, especially if they have a beard or wearing a baseball hat I will be vocal with them. But if you rub my head or my chin by going slowly I really like that. My next home, my forever home, will need to keep up with my lessons so that I don’t become that unruly teenager again but my foster Mom sees me as a good boy and just needs a good home so can you come meet me? Thanks, Luke
Luke is located in his foster home in Bolingbrook. Please visit our website at www.illinoisanimalrescue.org to view our adoption process and our adoption fees.