Blue is still awaiting his forever home. His wonderful foster family has received some great training advice and are working hard to help him overcome his challenges. Here is what his foster family has to say about this beautiful boy...
Blue's health is great! He is approximately 3 years old, neutered and up to date on all vaccinations.
Blue has vastly improved on the leash. He was difficult in the beginning, but we have received help from a trainer and have been tethering him to us on his walks and it has helped greatly. He will try to pull every once in a while if he smells something on the ground, but 90% of the time he will walk beside you. He is even learning to be a running partner.
His foster family has been walking him through the park near their house to get him used to small children being around him. He will need some time to adjust to little people in his life.
His fosters have also been introducing him to other dogs on the leash, and rewarding his good behaviour with treats every time he meets them. He has done very well meeting other dogs on the leash.
In the beginning, Blue used to whine and bark at every dog he saw, but he has settled down in that capacity and only does it randomly now.
He does fine on the yard leash by himself for short periods of time, but he will bark to come in after around 5-10 minute if he doesn't see anyone around.
In his current home, Blue knows to stay off of the furniture, and he does not try to crawl up on any. When his people are watching TV he will lay on the carpet by them (once he settles down), and he sleeps on his bed in the master bedroom at night.
Blue does not like to be crated, so when his people are away, he stays in a secure and safe room in the house, where he has lots of windows and a radio on to keep him company. He can be left with food out, as he is a grazer. He will put up a fuss at first when he knows his people are leaving, but he will go to his room fairly easily.
Blue's fosters believe that he needs a home with someone who is retired or works from home and can be with him a lot. Right now he goes for at least 3 walks a day, and that seems to be the minimum for him. He is still young and does have some anxiety. With time. love and patience he will settle down.
Blue doesn't have a lot of interest in playing with toys. He is best stimulated by following his nose and exploring new scents. Blue does have a tendency to run if allowed off-leash so a securely fenced yard is a must.
Blue LOVES people. He has not growled at one person (even any strangers who may walk through the door). He will not bark at any one that is new, instead he will just happily greet them. Although he loves both men and women, he does seem to choose the male if given the choice, although he is great with both. He is very gentle taking any treats out of your hand, and has not shown any food aggression at all. Lastly, once he settles down at night, he is a pretty heavy sleeper (and snores to!!)
Please consider giving Blue the forever he deserves.
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