My name is Homer!

American Bulldog Dog for adoption in McArthur, California - Homer
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SNIPPP (Spay & Neuter Intermountain Pets & Pet Placement)

Facts about Homer

  • Breed: American Bulldog
  • Color: White - With Black
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 11530852
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

Homer is a Courtesy Listing; please call Samantha at 530 395-9712 for more information.

Homer is an extremely happy, VERY friendly, enthusiastic dog. He has learned not to jump up on people, by having all attention withdrawn. IE, no attention given until he is calm and sitting. 'No look, no talk, no touch.' The attention is part of his reward. He has been trained using positive reinforcement: ignore or redirect undesirable behavior (avoiding punishment - no yelling or hitting), reward desired behavior using high-value treats. This works well with excessive or inappropriate barking. Reward him when he's quiet; redirect him when he barks. I have tried punishment-based training with Homer, and it was not effective. Homer is very strong, and becomes uncontrollable for me when we encounter other dogs on leashed walks.  This is due to my having a chronic illness, lost weight and general weakness. No issues with other dogs when unleashed, with gradual, controlled introductions. He gets along with my cats, but will sometimes engage with them. This is easily solved by calling him away for something positive, play with a toy or bone, and then offer reward. He is bonded with my other dog, a small terrier mix. Homer has met many other dogs in unleashed settings, plays well and accepts correction from another dog without becoming aggressive.  He sleeps with me, the cat, and the terrier every night. He snores. He's not a drooler, except at mealtime. He will sometimes bark for his meals, but when shushed, he sings. He sits and waits for his meals until released. He is smart, funny, and very, very lovable. Homer is crate trained, housetrained, microchipped, up to date on vaccinations (including rattle snake), heartworm negative, and knows numerous behaviors including Sit, Stay, Come, Down, Heel, Wait, Here, Icky (in lieu of leave it), Right Here (in lieu of heel), Break, Okay, and he responds to his name.  He comes when called, with the command 'Homer, here!'

Homer is extremely triggered when he is leashed and sees other dogs. He has escaped from my grasp and attacked other dogs on 2 occasions, but did not cause injury.  Homer lunges at passing people, and sometimes passing vehicles - he gets very excited when he sees people and he just wants to say hello! He has never been aggressive toward humans.  We have worked through his lunging behavior by keeping a good distance from the trigger, and when someone passes within 10-20 feet, by looping his leash around a pole or a tree, so that he absolutely can not go anywhere.  This would not be necessary with a person who is physically stronger.  As soon as the distraction passes, and he settles, I reward him.  I am hoping that, as I continue to reinforce that he can't get away from me whenever he wants to, he will be much safer and easier to handle (for me, or the prospective adopter).  Homer does not do well on long walks in the heat. He has residual stiffness in his left hind quarter from a broken pelvis (11/2014). He does have separation anxiety, gave himself laryngitis from excessive barking the last time I boarded him. He does fine when I leave him in the car for short periods, weather permitting.

PLEASE READ: Information regarding 'Courtesy Listing' pets is provided by the individual who has the animal and is not guaranteed by SNIPPP to be accurate or complete. Verifying the health status and behavior of any pet found, adopted through, or listed on SNIPPP's Website or SNIPPP's listings on other sites is the sole responsibility of you as an adopting party, and by using this service, the adopting party releases SNIPPP from any and all liability arising out of or in any way connected with the adoption of a pet listed on the SNIPPP Website..

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About SNIPPP (Spay & Neuter Intermountain Pets & Pet Placement)

About Our Rescue Group...

SNIPPP is an all-volunteer, non-profit, no-kill rescue organization that started in early 2007. Our main goals are to:
*encourage pet owners to spay and neuter their companion animals through education and a voucher payment system, and
*provide resources to help companion animals remain in loving homes
*offer companion animals in need safe, loving foster homes with our volunteers while we find the best permanent home for these pets.

We welcome volunteers!! We especially need more FOSTER HOMES, and financial donations are always appreciated. If you are skilled with computers, fence-building, dog training, fundraising, grant writing, record-keeping, animal grooming, newsletter production, pet transportation, or coordinating adoption events, please contact us to get involved in this worthwhile effort. We look forward to hearing from you!

Come Meet Our Pets...

You can see our pets available for adoption "in person" at our adoption events. We try to be at Petco in Redding at 1603 Hilltop Drive from 11 to 3 at least one Saturday of every month (call 530 336-6006 to verify our schedule). We look forward to seeing you there! If you have applied and are approved as an adopter, we can arrange for you to meet individual pets you may be interested in at other times, too.

Our Adoption Process...

We require an adoption contract, a home check, veterinary references, and an adoption fee of $75. Completing an application does not guarantee that you will be able to adopt from SNIPPP; our primary concern is with finding the most appropriate homes for the animals in our care. You may request an application from us by telephone, mail, or email.