My favorite pastimes are walking, swimming, and chasing balls. I also enjoy snuggling with my foster family (they call me a bed hog) and working on training exercises. Not to brag, but I do know a ton of commands: sit, look, wait, no jumping, loose leash walking, leave it, drop it, down, come, stay, gentle (I take treats super nicely!), shake, on your mat, etc. I'm also muzzle trained, voluntarily putting my face in the muzzle for you, because it means we're going for a walk--yipee!
The reason I wear a muzzle on walks is that, due to my anxiety, I may inadvertently react to other dogs or people out of fear. Mind you, I don't have a single mean bone in my giant body, but I feel insecure sometimes. In addition to getting medication (boy, I love the peanut butter my pills come in!), I'm working with a trainer and learning appropriate behaviors. My foster parents say I've come a long way! Have I mentioned how smart I am?
I'm the kind of guy who appreciates peace, quiet, and a steady routine. When I dream of my forever home, it's one with a fenced backyard out in the country, and it would be awesome if my forever family enjoyed being by the lake as much as I do so I could swim to my heart's content in summer! I'd prefer to be the only pet, because I don't get along with cats and barely tolerate other dogs. Children aren't a good idea, either, as their fast movements and loud noises are too stressful for me.
Yeah, I have my issues, but given the right environment and continued training, I'm really a sweet dog who wants to be your best friend for life. It just takes a little time and patience for me to know, trust, and love you. The good news is that my foster parents as well as my trainer are here to provide support and ease my transition in order to ensure a successful adoption.
If you have what it takes to fulfill my dreams, please contact RAGOM and say you want to hear more about Ruffus! I'm being fostered in the Twin Cities metro area, and my adoption fee is $290.
Please see Ruffus's webpage for additional updates and photos: http://ragom.org/avail.cgi/Available/dog?dog_id=7063.
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