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This goofy and energetic hound-dog is Cameron, a 1 year old Pointer/Coon Hound X that is ready to find his forever family. We don’t know exactly why life brought Cam to a county pound but can assure you it is not due to any fault in his character: Cam has a love for life that is second to none and his happiness is completely infectious. He has developed a wonderfully mischievous personality and as a result is almost always stirring up trouble. Stealing the bath mat while you are showering, barrel rolling into water bowls, jumping baby gates, and crawling through cat holes are just some of Cam’s favourite past times that leave his foster family both annoyed and laughing. He is a busy boy with a classic case of “ants in his pants” and is always ready to go, no matter what adventure lies ahead.
Cam had a tough time adjusting to big city living and was fairly anxious and fearful when he entered foster care. It was apparent from the start that Cam had been an outdoor dog and had no idea how to function in a house. Being alone, using stairs, and even eating inside proved challenging for Cam but with routine, exercise, and kindness, Cam finally feels safe in his skin and is enjoying the comforts of a home. He has learned that being alone doesn’t last forever, that car rides lead to new smells and dog friends, and that loud or new noises do not bring harm. He is now fully housetrained and makes it very obvious when he needs to go to the bathroom by running to the door or by pacing back and forth if you missed the first cue. He is food and toy motivated and knows basic commands (sit, lie down, shake a paw) but is still trying to master the stay command. His favourite treats are liver and garbage (when he can get his paws on it) and he absolutely lives for food puzzles or food toys of any kind. From country dog to house pet, Cam sure has come a long way.
Cam is an extremely athletic and energetic dog that will require an active lifestyle. He requires more than just walks on a daily basis and must go to a home with a fenced back yard where he can run around and burn excess energy. Cam’s morning routine consists of a 10 minute bike ride and 45 minute walk. He absolutely loves to pull his foster dad on the bike and bounces around in excitement when we get the harness out. In the evenings he goes for another walk and either visits the dog park or goes for a run in a neighbourhood park. Cam is put on a long lead in the park and loves to chase tennis balls and his foster brothers and loves diving into random bushes for no apparent reason. His recall has been improving but because he is a hound and because of his instinct to flee when scared, Cam cannot be let off leash in an unfenced area. He is learning to walk well on a gentle leader at our side but still does pull and whine when he gets too excited seeing another dog. On a flat/martingale collar Cam pulls like a truck so continued training will be required to transition from the gentle leader. He doesn’t use his nose too much on walks but will periodically drop his face to the ground to follow a good scent.
Cameron has free run of the home while his foster family is away and has become a very well behaved boy. He no longer has accidents and is very content to play with his toys, eat his treats, and sleep on the counter. He currently is alone for 4 hours in the am and pm, with a 45 minute break at lunch. In order to ease the transition to his new home it would be beneficial for him to continue to have breaks at lunch. Cam has a tendency to whine or bark when he is nervous/anxious/excited so an apartment will not be a suitable forever home for him. His behaviour in the home has improved substantially and he settles quickly when corrected for things like barking or rolling on the couch. He is a bit reserved with guests but quickly warms up when the treats come out. He has found his hound bark in the backyard and loves to alert you of any developments in the neighborhood. Not everyone enjoys the sound of a hound so continued training in backyard manners is needed.
Cam would do well with or without animal companions in the home but would definitely benefit from gaining a friendly and active sibling to share daily romps. Cam currently lives with dogs and cats and spends most of his time at home throwing around toys and trying to entice his very patient foster brothers to play. He eats and sleeps with the dogs and has never once had an issue with them surrounding food or toys. Cam’s favourite place in the world is the dog park and if he had it his way would spend all of his time there. Although Cam is full of beans on the walk to the gate, he is exceptionally well behaved and appropriate with dogs of all sizes and temperaments while inside. He spends his time running laps (usually in the opposite direction of the rest of the pack) and is the first to greet any new dog in the park. Cam’s recall at the dog park does need continued work, however, he is usually mooching water/treats off another dog owner so it is easy to wrangle him.
Cam is not being fostered in a home with children but has been excellent with the children he has met at local pet stores and in his neighbourhood. Although he is fine with children, he doesn’t understand his size, strength, and lack of coordination and could easily knock a child down accidentally. He thinks nothing of throwing his paw on you when looking for attention or gnawing on your foot because he mistook it for his toy. Because Cam is still learning the ropes, it will be best for him to go to a home with children who are over the age of 12 to avoid any accidents.
Although Cam has countless positive attributes, he still has some quirks that need continued training. Cam still has a lot of puppy tendencies (gnawing, barking outside, and digging holes when unattended) and will need to be monitored and corrected so he continues to learn what is expected of him. He is still uneasy in the car (especially if confined to the hatch or in a crate) so continued patience and positive reinforcement is necessary for continued success. Visiting new places can still be a bit overwhelming for Cam. His flight instinct kicks in and he will try to get away from the source that is causing his anxiety (backhoes, transport trucks, loud people) but he does move forward with encouragement and tasty treats. Cam is an extremely sensitive boy who shuts down with the slightest hint of frustration or raised voices so patience, understanding and positivity are a must when interacting with him. He will require an experienced handler who is committed to continuing his training through (at a minimum) a basic obedience class to build the essential bond that is needed to help him flourish in his new home. Cam’s forever family should consider enrolling him in some form of dog sport as his athleticism and energy level make him an excellent candidate for these types of activities.
Cam is well on his way to being an incredibly well behaved dog and requires a forever home with calm and assertive handlers that will instil boundaries and rules so that he will continue to excel. We have witnessed Cam transform from an underweight, anxious shell to one of the happiest dogs we have had the pleasure of fostering. He is an easy-going, kind hearted, gentle soul that will be a loyal and loving companion to whomever takes the time to earn his trust. Cam isn’t a cuddly, sucky dog but once you become his people a bond is formed that is indescribable. If you are committed to continuing training and are seeking a lifetime of laughter and shenanigans, Cam is most definitely the dog for you.
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