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Levi is only two years old, and before he came into rescue he had spent most of his young life in a crate. He was purchased as a young puppy by a family who knew almost nothing about raising a puppy. In short order Levi decided that the household was his to run. He marked the apartment and stared down and bit the man of the house. Because of his behavior, Levi spent long hours in his crate. Because the family could not control him, he had to be locked up whenever anyone came over. The family surrendered him to the Short Noses Only Rescue Team (SNORT) when he was only 17 months old. His behavior did not improve in the foster home where he was placed. As soon as he arrived, he began to attack and bite the foster mom’s sneakers when she moved anywhere he didn’t want her to go. He was then moved into a trainer’s kennel, where he unrepentantly continued his rowdy ways, despite the trainer’s best efforts.
Since SNORT had no other foster family available at that time that was experienced enough to take on this unhappy and aggressive little French Bulldog, his next stop was French Bulldog Last Chance Rescue where he was first housed in an x-pen in his FBLCR foster home in Chicago – no more crates for this fierce little dog who had already spent far too much of his young life locked away. With the dedicated attention of his determined foster dad, and the support of an excellent trainer Mary Scheffke, herself the founder of the Chicago French Bulldog Rescue and Chicago French Bulldog Meet-up Group, little Levi proved himself to be an eager and willing student. Since April 2012, Levi has been boarding with Ashley O’Byrne, owner and head trainer of the Black Jack K9 training facility in Illinois, where his progress has been extraordinary.
Levi has captured the hearts of Ashley and Ari, his first FBLCR foster dad, and they now believe that he is ready for a forever home with a new owner who can appreciate his abilities and treat him with love and firmness. They believe in this exceptional little dog, who has shown himself well worth the effort that has been put forth on his behalf. Ashley and Ari have promised always to be on hand to answer questions or help with any problems that may arise.
Levi is a rescue placement!
Date posted: 11/13/2012
Date last updated: 01/18/2013
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Weight: 26 pounds
Color: Fawn Pied
Health concerns: None
Does Levi like kids? Because of his bite history, Levi will NOT be placed in a home with children.
Does Levi like cats? Levi is neutral to cats.
Does Levi like other dogs? Levi LOVES other dogs! He loves to run and play with them.
Activity Level: Levi is very athletic and active. He needs a very active owner. He likes to run and fetch; he will run after a ball and bring it back to you. In the house Levi is a couch dog and loves to snuggle in blankets and be near his person. He is very affectionate.
Is Levi housebroken? Yes.
Is Levi crate trained? Yes. However, unless Levi knows you, he is cage aggressive. This is one of the biggest issues a new owner will encounter.
Has Levi had any training? Yes. His foster mom calls Levi “phenomenally well trained.” He knows all basic commands, and much more, including tricks like roll over and show me your belly. He is trained off-leash with his current foster mom who is a very experienced trainer. He is very smart and learns quickly. He is strongly motivated by food.
Does Levi have any temperament issues? Levi has some fear aggression and crate aggression, but with people he knows, he acts like a puppy.
Triggers for aggression: The crate triggers aggression although he can be crated once he knows the person. Anyone new can trigger aggression.
Necessary precautions: The owner must establish control from the first, use e-collar as needed. Once this is done, you will have a wonderful dog.
Requirements for further training: Nothing further is actually required, but Levi is intelligent and loves to learn.
Is Levi food aggressive? Levi will attempt to guard his food with other dogs. Once he respects you are in control of even his food, he will let you or another dog take it from him. This has to be established early on. His current foster mom/trainer hand feeds him because she wants Levi to experience everything coming through her.
What are the dog's favorite toys or things to do? He LOVES his Kongs with frozen yogurt. Chicken necks, and raw bones are by far his favorite. He is active and loves walking and running. Unlike most Frenchies, he loves swimming. He will follow along with a bike rider or horseback rider. (He will not chase the horses; he follows right along.)
Cost to Acquire: 300.00
Our rescue dogs are placed without registration papers
When our dogs come into rescue, they bring the baggage of their previous lives with them. Please read this carefully before you decide Levi is the right dog for you.
Levi has some fear aggression and crate aggression. He has a bite history, and his new owner can probably expect at least one bite. Levi’s new owner should be very experienced with challenging dogs, an active person, who will enjoy exercising with this athletic dog. The owner should be patient and have a calm energy and the self-confidence to firmly establish control over Levi in the first few days.
It takes Levi a while to warm up to new people. He does best if a new person ignores him and allows him to do the approaching. It will take about three days with a very confident owner to for Levi to become comfortable. He needs an owner who will not back down and will not be afraid to correct him firmly. The first days he will growl and may show teeth if he is in a crate. Levi will try and read his new owner or guest, and if he senses any fear, feels cornered, or feels that he is in control, he may bite.
Levi respects an electric collar and does extremely well with it. The foster mom suggests an e-collar be used in his new home. Most strangers can give him commands with the collar on. Levi needs a very black and white picture of what will be tolerated from him and what will not. The sooner this is clearly mapped out for him, the sooner a good relationship can begin. He does need to be pushed.
His foster mom uses the “climb” command which tells Levi to go to a place (like his bed) and stay there. This is very useful when a guest or stranger comes to the home.
The best home would be a place where Levi has room to run--a house with fenced in yard would be perfect. He likes other dogs and is used to having them around. He lives with a cat but doesn't pay attention to it. He loves going for walks or short bike rides. Levi would do well with someone who was home with him all the time, but he has shown himself to be wonderfully adaptable and can also handle being left alone part or all of the day. This would be another good use of the “climb” command.
If you would like to adopt Levi, please complete our adoption application