Here is a short video of him since we have rescued him: https://www.facebook.com/100010396650763/videos/335343776822175/
Mustang knows basic commands such as “sit,” “stay,” “no,” etc and is crate trained, as well as potty trained. He’s also trained to use a doggie door. He has only been in his foster home a short time, so we are working on other commands. At the time of adoption, you will receive a full list of commands he knows and those that he is working on.
PLEASE NOTE: All of the pets at Safe Haven receive basic training when they come here. All adopters will be given a list of words that your new pet knows at the time of adoption. What each pet learns depends on how much time I have had to work with them, & if that pet has any additional issues that need to be focused on first. The pets here are always improving.
Age/Birthday: Previous owner stated he is 4 yrs old. Seems to me that’s he’s younger, about 2 ½ yrs old.
Weight at last Vet visit: 79lbs, Mustang was underweight when coming to his foster home. He has since put on weight, but still needs to gain a few more pounds.
Cats: Previous owner stated he chases outdoor cats. He was tested with an indoor cat while fostered. While he didn’t chase the cat, he was too focused on the cat and became very excited when the cat moved. Mustang would do best in home without cats.
Small Dogs: Previous owner stated Mustang is good with dogs. He has not been exposed to little dogs in his foster home.
Large Dogs: Mustang is being fostered in a home with 2 large female dogs, one energetic and one more mellow natured. Mustang enjoys the company of both dogs and plays nicely with both of them as well.
Kids: Previous owner stated he is good with children. Mustang has had limited exposure to children while in his foster home. While he has done well with them, I would use caution around small children only because of his size and energy level when excited, not to mention the tail of this happy boy swinging around! I wouldn’t want the little ones to be knocked down. He can also get mouthy during play. Mustang has met my 2 year old nephew and did well with him, licking his hand when my nephew petted him. He otherwise didn’t pay much attention to my nephew. Mustang also sits at the front door and watches children go by in the morning and afternoon as there is a school at the end of the street. He doesn’t react to them walking by or when they are loud and jumping around.
Men: Mustang is very friendly with men.
Women: Mustang is very friendly with women.
Strangers: Mustang has met several strangers while on walks around the neighborhood and has been friendly to everyone he has met.
Food: I feed all the dogs on a rotational diet. Which means they get a different brand of high quality food each month. I do this because I do not think that one brand can provide all the nutrients that they need. Just like one food can't provide us with all that we need...plus, who wants to eat the same thing every day? All dogs are fed breakfast (7 am) and dinner (5 pm), and are trained to eat out of their own bowl. Mustang was very underweight when he came to his foster home. I am currently overfeeding him slightly to help him gain weight at a steady pace. He is not food aggressive with people or other dogs. He does tend to “inhale” his food. I’ve noticed him slowing down as he had gained some weight and I expect he’ll continue to improve as he realizes food comes regularly. He will try to eat food from another dogs bowl if the other dog has walked away and left food in their bowl. He does not push the other dog out of the way to get to their food though. He politely waits until they walk away……what a gentleman. J As I believe they should only eat from their own bowl, I put my hand over the bowl and tell him “no.” He walks away without protest. I find I have to do this less and less with him. Mustang does get mouthy when given treats, but it is not aggression. He’s just excited about the yummy treat. I always say, “easy” when giving him a treat. He’s getting much better, but sometimes the treat just smells too darn good!
Crate Trained: Mustang is crate trained. He will go in his crate when I point inside and say “inside.” He is very treat motivated and sometimes holds out for a treat. J On those occasions, I toss in treat inside and say “inside.” He immediately goes in without a fuse. Mustang has never had an accident in his crate and has been able to hold it through the night. He’s a quiet boy while in his crate, but occasionally will whine when he wants to be let out. This doesn’t seem to correlate to him needing to go potty though. Mustang was crated much of the time when he first arrived, but is now only crated at night and when I leave.
House Trained: Mustang has never had an accident in the house of his foster home. He will walk to the back door when he wants to be let out. He doesn’t scratch or give any verbal cues; you just have to watch for it. I have also taught him to use the doggie door and he now uses that as his main access to come and go as he needs.
Leash Trained: Mustang is very excited to go for a walk and takes a minute or so for him to sit nicely so you can leash him. I stand in front of him and say “sit.” He dances around a bit and does a couple of very small hops, but will sit so you can put his leash on. Once on the leash, he will occasionally pull to get out the door and go. We are working on this. Before exiting any door in the house, I make him “sit” and “stay.” I then open the door and walk out first. I do not allow him to move until I release him by saying, “ok.” We are working on perfecting this, but he is learning quickly. While on a walk, he walks nicely on a leash, but will occasional pull if he sees something that excites him such as a cat running or a bunny hopping away. I also make him “sit” at each street corner, then use the “ok” command to release him so we can cross the street. We are also working on perfecting this.
Car: Mustang loves car rides and loads up right away in the backseat. He occasionally likes to stick his head out the window, but more so likes to find a comfy spot to either sit or lay down quietly. If you get out of the car for any reason (such as you’ve reached your destination and you’re getting out to let him out), he will jump to the front seat. Thankfully, does not do this while you’re driving though! I suggest using a pet barrier or car harness so he is secured safely in the backseat.
Other issues: Mustang does have counter surfer tendencies. He’s a perfect height for sniffing the counters. Only once has he put his paws on the counter. I had just put food in his bowl and turned by back for a second to scoop food into another bowl when he jumped up and took a mouthful from his bowl. In general, I don’t leave anything on my counters to entice him. Typically, I don’t allow dogs in the kitchen when I’m in there. If they enter, I always point out (towards the dining room) and say “out.” He exits the kitchen and sits at the threshold, watching me.
Mustang will also get in the trashcan if given the opportunity. I have a lid on my trashcan, so I just ensure it’s closed all the time. He seems to respect the closed lid and has never knocked it over to get inside.
Adoption fee is only $95 & includes:
- Spay/Neuter surgery
- Up to date on Vaccinations
- Harness *
- Other surprise goodies from Safe Haven
- Free office visit to Vet
- 50% off any Optimum Wellness Plan
- 30 days of free Pet Insurance
- Other coupons from Partners
- Available Paperwork: Spay/Neuter records, Vaccination records, Vet records, Micro records, Recommendation list, etc...
- Continued Support: Safe Haven will be there for the lifetime of your new adopted pet. If you ever have questions or concerns, we will always be there to help. Our goal is for you & your pet to live happily ever after!
If you are interested in adopting this dog, please fill out an application: http://www.adoptapet.com/Safe-Haven/adoption-application/
After we receive your application, we will contact you so you can meet him/her.
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ADOPTING A CAT OR DOG IS UP TO A 20 YEAR COMMITMENT! THEY ARE NOT OBJECTS THAT YOU CAN GET RID OF WHEN THEY BECOME INCONVENIENT. THEY ARE INNOCENT LIVING, BREATHING ANIMALS WITH FEELINGS THAT DEPEND ON YOU TO TAKE CARE OF THEM. IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO TAKE CARE OF, LOVE, & PAY FOR EVERYTHING THIS PET NEEDS FOR UP TO 20 YEARS, THEN PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR AN APPLICATION.
* Safe Haven STRONGLY believes that collars should only be used as decoration or to hold the ID tag. A dog can slip out of collar. Which becomes a problem if your dog gets lost, or you are trying to restrain your dog, & it comes off. Also, attaching a leash to a collar puts pressure on the neck, which is one of the most sensitive areas of the body, & could hurt them. For these reasons, Safe Haven includes a harness with every dog adoption to ensure the safety of the dog, as a harness is more expensive than a collar & some adopters will not buy them for this reason. A harness distributes the weight on the chest & shoulders. It also has a handle on the back that you can grab if need be, without hurting your pet (EX: Dog falls off your boat, just grab the handle & pull your pet back in with no harm done. With a collar, you would have to strangle your dog when pulling your dog in). Also, it is very hard for a dog to slip out of a harness when properly fitted. So it is much easier to restrain them.
Q: Is this pet still available?
A: Updates are posted in the original post on the Facebook page for Safe Haven Animal Rescue of AZ at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1405138936478168/ . It will say the status in all caps at the very top of the pets post. Once on the Facebook page, type the pets name in the search box in the upper right corner to easily pull up all the posts on that pet.
Q: I don't see a phone #. Will someone please call me?
A: Everything needed is online. I have found that online is the most efficient way to get all the work done. In the past, when I posted my #, my phone rang off the hook all day. So I spent the whole day on the phone, with not much work to show for it at the end of the day. Again, everything needed is online.
Q: How do I adopt this pet?
A: Your first step is to fill out an application. http://www.adoptapet.com/Safe-Haven/adoption-application/
Q: Can I adopt if I live out of state?
A: Out of state adoptions are welcome. Additional fee applies. Fees start at $195 for transport + the adoption fee. All transported pets come with a collar with ID attached, harness, and leash. Plus all the other things listed above that regularly come with adoptions. If it is a long trip, they may come with a carrier with padding, health certificate, bowls, and of course food for the trip. It just depends on the pet, and the mode of transportation. Feel free to e-mail Safe_Haven_Animal_Rescue@live.com and tell me what dog you are interested in and your address, so I can give you a more exact quote.
Q: Where is this pet?
A: This pet is being fostered in a private home.
Q: I like what you are doing & would like to help. Would you be open to a partnership?
A: Absolutely! I am open to anything that helps care for the animals &/or saves more lives! Please e-mail me at Safe_Haven_Animal_Rescue@live.com and give me details about what you have in mind.
Q: Can I sponsor a specific pet?
A; Absolutely! Taking care of each pet gets expensive, and we are so grateful for any monthly donation towards the Vet care, food, treats, toys, gas for running them to the dog park, vet ect...
To sponsor a specific pet, please click on this link https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr… You can pay with your PayPal account, or you can pay with a credit card. Please put the name of the pet you are wanting to sponsor on the invoice.
Q: How can I donate?
A: First, THANK YOU! We rely on private donations to help fund all the costs for these wonderful animals. So your help means a lot! To donate, please click on this link https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr… You can pay with your PayPal account, or you can pay with a credit card.
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