This was written by Beau's Foster home:
5:45 30min walk (he likes to do the same route every day)
7:10-2:30 Napping, playing, maybe a walk or two
4:00 Dog park or walk
(potty breaks given every 3-3.5 hours, but he can hold it up to 7)
Likes: fetch, water including puddles, nylabones and chew toys, head and belly scratches, walks
Dislikes: being picked up, being outside in the dark, not being with his human
Beau is an approximately 1 year old mixed breed that weighs about 23 pounds. He gets along great with dogs, but is still learning to trust humans. He was picked up as a stray at 7 months old along with his siblings and mother. He wouldn't let people get near him and when leashed would barrel roll like an alligator. Now Beau is always following his foster, playing, able to be leashed, jumps right up in cars, and after weeks of being on a long lead is able to be let off leash. He goes to off leash dog parks regularly where he comes in contact with all sorts of dogs and their people. He is very curious and loves to sniff people, but has yet the confidence to allow strangers to pet him.
The first 3 days I had Beau he was attached to me with a leash and harness. He went everywhere I went, yet I ignored him. He got comfortable following me around on leash knowing I wasn't going to make any unpredictable movement to pet him or scare him in any way. After the third day Beau and I were inseparable, I was what was constantly familiar to him and he wanted to be as close to me as possible. The first three days were very crucial in forming a bond with Beau, and once he knows who he is safe with, he is very loyal to them.
It took Beau a couple months to learn the gist of potty training, but we haven't had an accident in a couple weeks. He needs to know he'll be let out and likes to follow a set schedule when it comes to potty breaks. Beau knows sit very well and has just recently learned 'lie down'. He is very treat motivated and a quick learner. He also responds well to his name and if comfortable with his human, will come immediately to it.
Beau has an umbilical hernia that has been seen by two different vets who have determined it to be only a cosmetic issue. He also has a wart in his ear that was also deemed only cosmetic. He is neutered and up to date on vaccinations.
Notes from SDBTR: Beau will require a foster or permanent home that is willing to use positive methods to patiently gain Beau's trust. He has now had positive experiences with some humans, but this has not generalized to all humans, and likely never will. He will need a patient person to help him navigate his next journey. SDBTR will support any foster or adopter with resources and email support (for life for adoption).
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