Life didn't start too well for this sweet dog. Born on 2/12/2016, he first went to a family that wanted a puppy ... right up until they had a puppy. They discovered that puppies are hard work, so they chained him up in the backyard pretty much ignored him. His present owner rescued him in July, intending to rehome him. He's such a charmer that she's been putting that off, and she knows she'll be heartbroken to see him go ... but she works 12 hour shifts, and she just can't give him the level of attention and training he needs.
Koda is usually happy to meet new people. Sometimes he can be a little shy and growly - we think some people trigger scary memories for him - but as soon as he realizes they can be trusted, he's all about being their friend. Something that needs work: he tends to jump up at people. His owner is working on this, but it's going to need ongoing work from a patient adopter who is steady on their feet. For this reason, while we'd expect Koda to adore kids, he is probably too bouncy for small or timid children.
He loves, loves, loves other dogs! But they need to be dogs that love, love, love to play tug, wrestle and play tag, and that won't be upset or offended by the occasional body slam. This boy is eager to play and make friends and has shown no sign of aggression during testing, but when it comes to manners ... well, he's a kid who still needs to learn about boundaries. Koda would love to join a family that already has another active young dog - but he'd also be very happy with trips to the dog park and play dates with energetic friends.
His house manners are great. Koda is reliably potty trained, and will let you know when he needs to go outside. He doesn't bark without reason, and when nothing much is going on he's content to settle down at your feet with a tasty chew. He does like to be close to his person, and will follow from room to room. Outside he doesn't dig much and he hasn't shown any desire to escape, but if left alone he'll entertain himself by shredding pretty much whatever you have out there. He must be crated and given something to chew when unsupervised.
His training is still at a very early stage. He knows sit, down, come and off, but he tends to think commands are optional. On a leash he will pull, but he does well on a gentle leader. We are confident that Koda would respond very well even to an advanced level of training, and it's essential that his new human be totally committed to at least taking him through the basics.
We're not sure of Koda's breed. His vet believes he's a boxer/lab mix, as stated, but he looks enough like a pit bull that he will not be placed in any jurisdiction with breed restrictions against pit bulls.
Koda's adoption fee is $175. To begin the adoption process, please email us to request an adoption application form.
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