Patrick is estimated to be a 2 year old, 50 lb. Brittany mix NBRAN saved from a county shelter in Ohio. He was in a foster home for over a month and was making good progress but unfortunately had an altercation with puppy in his foster home so it was necessary to move him to a different environment. We have not been able to find a non dog or cat foster within the organization, so he is being well cared for in a local kennel but we are keeping him separated from other dogs. He has been in the kennel environment for almost 3 months now, and he really needs to find his special forever home.
In his first foster home, he was OK with the other dogs for over a month. It was reported that he played too rough so running together outside was eliminated, however he did mingle about the house OK together. He also chased the cats at his foster home and never hurt them, but they were eventually separated as well. At the kennel he has not shown any aggression to other dogs, but of course is kept separated. He LOVES car rides and is obsessed with balls and will relax "without shame" when he is well exercised, as you can see from the pictures. He walks very well on lead. He has been friendly to all genders at the kennel so we don't think he cares what gender you are, he just wants you to love him and give him attention. This boy is loving, sensitive and smart, but he does want to be the center of attention. He has the potential to make someone a wonderful one and only companion! He loves to be touched and will paw you for it. He is rough and strong with his mouth taking toys (which we are working now), and has not yet been taught not to jump to greet so he is not suitable for young children. So he will need a home with preferably a 6 ft. fenced yard (privacy would be optimal) but absolutely no dogs, cats, or young children at this time.
Patrick is crate trained and was fully house broken at his arrival at his first foster home. He responds well to treats used in positive reinforcement training. He is neutered, microchipped, and up to date on vaccinations. Not being in a home environment it is hard to tell how he will respond in a normal social environment. In our last month of handling him in a public setting we have witnessed a handful of instances that he seemed unusually concerned about a few things, but nothing that could not be handled with some verbal reassurance and some treats. He has made great progress in the last month with some one-on-one training.
In an attempt to understand Patrick's needs better we had an OSU behavioral vet observe him last week. We were concerned about compulsiveness about his toys, especially balls and his altercation with the puppy. The vet observed that Patrick has fear issues and has moderate anxiety issues. The vet indicated also, that Patrick is profoundly concerned about access to food items and he sees other dogs as a threat to them. So the the altercation with the puppy could have been a resource guarding issue, as food was involved. An over the counter supplement has been started which should help his anxiety and especially ease his concerns if we can transition him into a new environment.
If you have any specific questions regarding Patrick, his treatment plan or how a foster-to-adopt home works, feel free to contact Pat Amore email@example.com or call my cell 330-760-1294. Please leave me a message if I cannot answer. If you think you can give Patrick the forever home he deserves, please fill out the adoption application and a volunteer application at the following links which are required for a foster to adopt situation: https://www.nbran.org/adopt/adoption-application and https://www.nbran.org/get-involved/volunteer-application. There is no obligation by filling out the forms; it just lets us know about your interest and your environment so we can better discuss your interest. If you think you can help us to foster only, only the volunteer application will be needed. While in foster care, NBRAN will cover the cost of any medical care. We have a team of volunteers for support and transportation can be arranged if you are out of our area. Please share his information if you know of anyone who is looking for an awesome companion who can meet the criteria he will need and is willing to work with him. He is an awesome and VERY deserving dog!
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