Spend a few minutes with Winston and he will melt your heart. Like a big teddy bear, he is soft, fun to play with, and very loveable. This boy is about 10 months old and 50 pounds of happy, eager-to-please, joy. As an adult dog he will likely be the size of a lab. His breed mix is uncertain - maybe golden lab, boxer, and a dog with a very soft double coat. Whatever his heritage, Winston is a gem.
Winston’s behavior is lab-like, sweet, easy-going, playful, and friendly. He is friendly to everyone he meets-men, women, children (he is too big and playful for small children), and other dogs. He is very gentle with his favorite dog friend who is less than half Winston’s size. It’s unknown how he would do with cats.
Winston’s favorite things are to play with other dogs, chase sticks and balls, take long walks (even in light rain), romp through tall grass, chew sticks, play in water, and to nap in a sunny spot. At night he likes to cuddle up next to you and put his head in your lap. In his new home Winston needs a dog to play with often
Winston is active and seems to be very healthy. He has been neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. One caution - with his double coat and relatively short snout, Winston can easily get overheated.
Winston is reliably housebroken. He is food motivated, and wants to please, which makes training easy. And, he seems to learn quickly. He knows how to come, sit, stay, lie down, and he walks pretty well on a leash (pulling sometimes, and sometimes trying to play with a dog he is walking with). He doesn’t get on furniture without permission. He is comfortable using a dog door. When he is tired he goes to his bed and naps. He cries a little when left alone, but calms down quickly (especially if he has a chew treat to distract him).He is getting used to riding in the car, although he doesn’t love it (he has never gotten car sick). Winston is comfortable being touched. He can be petted while he is playing with a toy or chewing a treat. In his foster home he has been very gentle, sweet-natured, even-tempered, and relatively calm for a young dog.
Winston likes to chew but has not been destructive in his foster home. He does sometimes resource guard his food bowl or a chew toy. But in his foster home he has never growled or snapped, he just lunges forward to put his head over the toy or bowl. And you can easily pick up the bowl or toy by offering Winston a few pieces of kibble with one hand and picking the bowl or toy up with the other hand. He has done a little digging in the yard but stops immediately when distracted or corrected. He does not react to bicycles, motorcycles, or dogs barking at him when he is on a walk. He does bark at dogs that walk by him. Now he is learning that when dogs walk by he gets treats, so he is beginning to respond positively. With his eagerness to please, time and positive training should resolve any problem behaviors that arise. We can direct you to lots of good resources for help with training.
Winston is full of enthusiasm and affection, and is a joy to be around. He will thrive with people who can dedicate time, energy, patience, and lots of love to work with him on positive training and make sure he gets plenty of daily exercise. For the right person/s or family, Winston will be a truly fabulous forever friend.
Check out the videos of Winston playing in the water https://youtu.be/mOPfM3dO69Q
and Winston playing with a dog less than half his size https://youtu.be/_ZdaC6y9yUA
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