Socialization/training: Ruger is well socialized – he loves people and is friendly with everyone he meets. He loves attention and being petted. His foster home is working on training. He has learned to sit on command and will actually bring the ball back and drop it for you to continue throwing.
Good with Children: Yes, probably. Ruger does not have any children in his foster home, but the good samaritan who found him tested him with their neighbor's children who are both under the age of 6.
Good with Dogs: Yes, Ruger is good with other dogs. Although his current foster home does not have any other dogs, he has been in a temporary foster home that has other dogs and he did well with them. Some of the other dogs, being seniors, were not used to his energy level and would become grumpy with him from time to time if he became too much for them and he would then leave them alone.
Good with Cats: He had limited exposure with proper introductions in his temporary foster home and he did fine with them. The cats did come into his space but never ran from him so I cannot say whether or not he would initiate a chase of the cats if they ran from him.
House trained: Not completely. His foster home is working with him on this and he is improving every day.
Crate trained: Yes. Ruger is crate trained. He does whine for a brief time but settles in quickly.
Leash trained: Ruger is still a work in progress on leash. His foster home is working with him daily.
Activity Level: High. Ruger loves to play fetch. You can throw the ball for hours and he will keep chasing after it and bring it back for more. He loves to be outside but also enjoys being inside.
Fence: Always preferred, but not required. Like any setter, recall is not totally reliable so I would not allow him off-leash in an unfenced area without more training.
Behavior: Ruger loves his people! He will require continued basic training but he is a pleaser and is catching on quickly with his foster. He loves his food and can be a counter surfer. He is gaining more freedoms in the house everyday as he is showing he can be trusted. He does love his toys and can keep himself entertained. He does have a lot of energy and loves his exercise. Overall he is a lover and does like to give hugs.
Medical History: Even though Ruger was found as a stray and was underweight, medically he is healthy. He is heartworm negative, up to date on vaccines & neutered. He has gained weight is just about where he needs to be.
Foster Comments: Ruger was found by a good samaritan and tried locating his owner, but was unsuccessful. They reached out to the rescue for assistance as they were not able to keep him. While they did have him, they socialized him with cats, dogs, children under the age of 6 and several different adults, including both men and women and he did great with everyone.
Ruger loves to be around his people and spend time outside playing fetch.
In his current foster home he is not needing to be crated for short periods of time while his foster is gone and he has gone a couple of nights outside of the crate. He is doing well and proving he can be trusted. He can be a counter surfer so while this is being worked on, no food is being left out on the counter. He generally doesn't get into anything, but his foster continues to make sure when he is left uncrated that there is nothing he can get into.
Adoption Fee: $300.00
Foster location: Tampa, FL
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