Child appropriate? Children 8 or older would be best as Diesel can be startled by loud noises and prefers a calmer, quieter home.
Other dog appropriate? Yes! Diesel enjoys the company of other dogs and has played with many dogs big and small, male and female. He would need proper introduction however.
Cat appropriate? No kitties for Diesel.
How is he with strangers? Diesel can be leary of new people and needs to meet them to warm up. Once he knows you he is wonderful but as a shy, insecure dog, he just needs time to get used to new people.
What is his play style? When playing with other dogs he can go from mild wrestling to rougher play so needs a doggie pal who enjoys rough housing a bit. He does respond very well to correction when asked to calm down.
Does he like toys? Yes, he really likes toys :) He loves stuffy toys that he can rip apart, balls are his favorite and even get him a bit too excited, and he enjoys chewing on bones a lot too.
Does he like water? He really enjoys water and will splash around in a creek or kiddie pool when given the chance.
Does he like car rides? He seems to enjoy car rides and he rides very well in a car.
Exercise level needed? For physical exercise he needs daily walks and maybe even a jog to help get out energy. Diesel also needs mental exercise as he is very, very smart and if not challenged, he will become frustrated. He enjoys being tought tricks and asked to perform a trick before getting any sort of reward, enjoys food puzzles and stuffed kongs to keep his mind working.
Behavior issues? Diesel struggles with some leash and barrier reactivity toward other dogs and some strangers. Even though he likes other dogs, if on leash, he can become frustrated and bark at them and appear unfriendly. He continues to work on this in training and his foster home. He is also a bit afraid of strangers so needs slow introductions and a home with less activity going on is preferable. He does better meeting strangers when simply going for a walk with them vs. them walking right up to his face and trying to pet him.
Medical issues? None known.
Skills? Diesel completed a 4 week board and train program to learn manners and other skills and passed his Canine Good Citizen test. He can wait at doors, sit, do a stay, do a down, do a "park it" which means to go to his bed and wait and pretty much nails all basic obedience. As mentioned, he is very, very smart and very eager to learn.
Special/endearing things? Diesel loves like no other! He loves to cuddle and loves giving kisses and he wants to please people all the time. He is a very goofy boy and makes everyone laugh with his antics. Once he feels safe is a very happy and loving companion. He is softer than a cashmere sweater and stretches out to approximately 5 ft. long when laying on the bed!!
Ideal home? Diesel's ideal home is a place where he can be a true family member and be provided with a daily ritual that he can get used to and anticipate. He needs a home where visual and mental stimulation is provided and someone who will challenge him with ongoing training as well as provide physical exercise. Diesel is most happy watching you do your laundry, drinking your coffee, surfing the net, and paying your bills and needs a home who is looking for that special someone to hang out with in normal daily life. He would not do well in a high energy home with continuous ongoing changes and stimulation or a home that wants to take him everywhere they go and force him to be exposed to constant stimulation. Just because people like doing those things doesn't mean dogs do and Diesel is one of those dogs who prefers to stay home and chill.
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