I am already neutered, housetrained, in need of an experienced adopter, up to date with shots, not good with kids, and not good with cats.
A handsome, long-coated B/T with a blanket instead of a saddle, D'Artagnan—just as his namesake, the fourth Musketeer—is a full-of-himself teenager who knows nothing because he has very little experience in the real world. When meeting new people or dogs, he tends to bark at first. With people, he warms up right away and wants to be petted, but has a tendency to jump on them. It’s quite obvious he’s never been taught dog etiquette, as he doesn’t seem to know how to approach another dog. He’s getting a crash course in How to Behave 101.
He ignores the barky dogs in the next yard. When kenneled in the back yard, he didn’t bark except when he noticed the fosterer had come home, so he let out a few woofs to remind her that he was in the kennel and then was quiet.
So far, he seems to be house trained as he hasn’t had an accident even when allowed free roam of the house at night. When he needs to go out, he gets your attention, then leads you to the back door. He also spent the night in a crate and settled down fairly quickly; he is learning to eat in the crate. He has discovered he can put his paws on the kitchen counter, however, and that he gets corrected immediately. A good, loud, Jeopardy-style Aack! gets his attention and serves as a correction as he stops what he’s doing.
He loves to chase balls and toys, especially squeaky toys (he also loves to squeak them—a lot). Although at first he just stared at thrown toys when he tracked them down, he learned quickly that handing you a slobbered-up toy gets you to throw it so he can chase it again.
D' Artagnan (which is rapidly being shortened to D’Art) learned aus (give), sitz (sit), and platz (down) after a just a few times and is getting to understand rug (lie on the rug, out from under my feet, while I cook). After a few attempts, he learned how to catch a tossed treat. He is a very smart fellow; he just doesn’t know it yet. D’Art would make an excellent obedience, rally, and/or agility dog; that means, however, that he needs someone who can keep that active mind busy.
For now he is a level 3 being fostered in the South Bay. Sorry, no small children. We will post more as we learn about him and will reassess his level rating.