Hi! My name is Ben. I am about three years old, I'm a mix of Dachshund, bully, and retriever, and I am neutered. I have a few issues, but my foster mom, Holly (Happy Dawgs Obedience Training), says I've been making excellent progress over the past 13 weeks (that's how long I've been with her already!). She's worked with lots of dogs and she says there's something really special about me that makes me stand out over all the others, so you have to be special, too. She also says that because of my history, you have to be a calm but assertive leader, as well as patient and kind.
I'm good with dogs my size and a little bigger, and I like older kids and I'm learning to trust them. I'm a little nervous around men, but I'm getting much better around them and learning to trust them, too. I get super-excited when people come to the door but mom is helping me learn to go to my calming mat so that I don't scare people with my happiness at meeting them.
I'm not good with cats, small dogs, or other small animals like birds, rodents, rabbits, and the like. They're just not my thing.
I used to be really anxious about being in my kennel, but my foster mom has been helping me learn that it's a place of safety and relaxation. I still get scared about it sometimes but I'm getting better. Because I didn't know how to before I came to my foster mom's house, I'm also learning how to play, and how to share toys as well as attention.
I have tons of energy, but I was born with an enlarged pad on my back left foot that swells up and hurts me if I run or walk for too long. This means I can't go on runs or hikes or really long walks or stand on cold ground for too long. An ideal home for me is one where I get lots of short walks when the weather is nice, lots of practice with my manners and basic obedience lessons, lots of interesting and fun brain games, and lots of relaxation and cuddle time.
I came from a life of tremendous abuse from humans, but with my foster mom's help, I've been learning that not all humans are bad. In fact, she says that with everything I've been through, she's amazed that I have such a big capacity to love. She also says I'm quite a comedian; I don't know what that means, but I know she laughs at me a lot and I really love that kind of energy.
My foster mom (writes about me every week at her website, happydawgtraining.com and tells everyone all about how I'm doing. After you adopt me, she will work with you to help you get to know me better so you can help me keep moving forward to a more balanced state. You can even call her at 587-582-2272 or firstname.lastname@example.org if or when you have questions or you need some help trying to understand me.
I really want a forever home of my very own where I can live out my life in love, stability, calmness, and security with humans I can love and trust and who will love and trust me, too. Please take me home; please be mine forever home.