Travis has had a rough start in life. He lived with some people who only kept him in a pen until they grew tired of taking care of him. He always lived alone from the time he was a puppy with little to no human interaction or exercise. Once Travis was surrendered, it was clear that this time alone affected him. He enjoyed canine companions, but he was choosy with people and would try to be dominant with some. Travis has since spent over a month with a trainer working on his behavioral issues and obedience. He can now walk on a loose leash, heel, sit, down, sit stay for up to 5 minutes, down stay for up to 10 minutes, and recall. All of this is basic obedience and done on leash, but he is showing amazing potential and willingness to learn. He has come a long way, resisting urges to play with other dogs while in his stay, and loving the attention and praise that is showered on him when he does what is asked. Travis really has a heart of gold and WANTS to be a good boy and please people . . .but he’s still new at this and learning how. In a month’s time he has learned a lot, but he has a lifetime of love and learning ahead of him. Because of this, Travis needs a home with experienced dog people. He does still try to be dominant . . .especially upon meeting new dogs. He does things like trying to mount and a hard chase if the new dogs run, but this has been worked on and is much easier to redirect now. After being corrected, he also focuses greatly on his handler and leans in for love. He needs to be with someone who is willing to keep up with his training, and ideally attend more classes to keep Travis’s mind occupied and keep him active in a positive fashion. Travis will not do well in a home with other dominant dogs. He will need to be in a home with calm and submissive dogs or playful and tolerant. He has not yet been tested with cats, but can be if needed. Travis’s FAVORITE past time is laying with you. This sweet boy will lay with you all night if given the chance. If you sit next to him, he will crawl up to you, lay his head in your lap, then flip on his side so you can rub him and scratch his belly. He is very gentle with his kisses . . .but he is a powerhouse when he plays if you let him be. He would make an excellent hiking or running buddy, and has the biggest puppy dog eyes when he is sad or catches himself doing something he’s not supposed to. Overall, Travis can be best described as a dog that needs a strong but loving owner. He thrives on structure and yearns for a connection and bond. You can tell he just wants someone to love, and once he finds that person, he will love them forever. Contact Tena at firstname.lastname@example.org Adoption fee $300 Travis is vaccinated, neutered and HW negative. If interested in this dog, please go to www.dalmatianrescue.org and submit an application for adoption. Under Adoptions, please read our adoption policy. We must have an application before we can begin the adoption process and each dog does have foster contact listed.
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