This sweet boy was rescued by a Good Samaritan, Emily, who was on her way to the beach with her boyfriend when she spotted Ryder running along a rural highway. They pulled over to see if he was OK, and discovered a scared, dirty, and very thin dog who looked like he had been on his own for some time. They coaxed him into their car so they could get him to safety and help him find his way home. He didn’t have a collar and wasn’t chipped, so they reported him to the local authorities, but no one stepped up to claim him. Emily brought Ryder home with her and reached out to DDB to help him find a great new family.
Ryder was pretty timid when he first came home with Emily, but is adjusting and learning the rules of home life. He’s being fostered with another dog, Scottie, who quickly became his best buddy. We believe another dog in the home would be the best fit for Ryder to continue to help build his confidence. He’s still a little shy when first meeting new people, but give him a few minutes and he’ll climb up on the couch next to you and roll over for belly rubs, or even use you as a headrest as he chews on his favorite toy. He bonds well with people and is very loving.
This handsome pup is potty trained and working on his leash walking skills. He’s still insecure when outside the home, so at times he can be barky at other dogs when he gets nervous. His foster parents have been working with him and have seen great improvement, but he’s still a work in progress. He really likes other dogs and has a social nature, but is still adjusting to the leash. Ryder already knows some basic commands like sit and down, and Emily is teaching him to sit and wait patiently at the door before going outside. He has a tendency to get excited at the front door and will head out to explore if given the option.
Ryder will make a great family dog, and needs an owner who is willing to work with him on some basic training skills. He’s a young, active, handsome boy who would be great with kids and other dogs in the home.
Apply for Ryder today!
BREED ESTIMATE: Hound/Lab mix
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT: 44lbs
APPROXIMATE AGE: 2 years
COAT TYPE: Medium
ADOPTION FEE: $350
OTHER INFO: utd on shots/neutered/being treated for heartworm
LOCATION: Reston, VA
FOR MORE INFO OR TO ADOPT: Please go to http://adopt.ddbnova.org and complete the application.
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Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia is an all-volunteer, foster-based rescue that primarily adopts to families in the DC Metro area.
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