I call him Pretzel, but his official name is Tiger. He is 1 year and 7 months old and was surrendered by his owners with his mother to PARL when they were moving and could not take their dogs along. His mother has no issues at all, she is outgoing and friendly and will be easily adopted. But Tiger is a fearful guy. He has likely not seen too much of the world outside of his previous residence. The way we have learned to break through to Tiger, who otherwise will remain locked within himself due to his fear, is to gain his trust through the presence of another dog. For that reason, it is my hope that Tiger will go to a home with another dog. This will give him more confidence and ease the transition.
Tiger will need a patient adopter. He is afraid of new people, and will need a little time to warm up. But when introduced properly (and that is what I am here to help with) he bonds quickly and once he trusts you, you are IN!
Young Tiger is one of those anybody's guess breeds. He could have some Boxer with that deep chest, Mastiff with those huge paws and hound with those long legs and long thin body. His coat is a shiny honey brindle and complemented by his adorable floppy ears and intensely deep brown eyes.
What stands out the most to me, as his trainer, is how hard Tiger tries. He is afraid to go on his walks with me, but musters the courage because he knows I want him to. I will be taking him on day trips and overnights to my home to work with him and help to prepare for adoption. Last night was his first overnight with me, his first time out of the shelter since he was surrendered. He was afraid, but within two hours he was cuddled up with me on my couch, like a big sack of potatoes.
Tiger will need a little more time that the average dog to build a bond, but his trust will be all that more valuable.
Please feel free to email me directly with any questions about Tiger at email@example.com.
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