January 2, 2013 ---Mayhem is not currently available for adoption. Mayhem has a very strong (bird) hunting instinct, so much so that he has no "recall" - ie, he cannot be called back.Training him to be a safe dog in the event of an emergency has proven difficult. For example, the few times he as squeezed through a gate or out a door, he will not return; he simply runs and runs until he is tired. Fortunately, he's been safe as his current foster has plenty of space for him to run and has a double fenced property, but this is not the case with most adopters. For this reason, we are going to start Mayhem in training with one of the area's most respected field trainers, to see if we can train him to do what his breeding and instinct is telling him to do. He will be available for adoption at the end of April but we will not start taking applications until we have a better idea of the type of home he will be best-suited for once he progresses through his training. His adoptive home must show a willingness and ability to continue his training. Mayhem is now about a year old. Mayhem is a confident, playful, loving puppy. He loves to romp and play with other dogs and also loves the attention of humans. Mayhem is learning basic commands, working on house training, and leash training. Potential foster families or adoptive families must be prepared for his very high energy levels and need for exercise. Mayhem would benefit greatly from obedience training with his new family, but also needs a great deal of exercise and interaction in order to reinforce positive behavior and prevent boredom.
Local adoptions, only, please (within one hour on Murfreesboro, TN). Physically fenced yard, attached to the home is required. We do not allow the use of underground or radio fences. Please do not ask to be the exception. Mayhem has been neutered, is up to date on shots, and is on heartworm and flea and tick preventative. We require that all pets in the household also meet these veterinary criteria.
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