Mason is 6 -a year-old Yorkshire Terrier. He is 13 pounds and a typical Yorkie. Mason is crate and house trained and walks nicely on a leash. Mason enjoys fast pace power walks and can easily walk 5 miles. His recall off-leash is excellent, however, we do not trust him to ever be off leash where he will encounter other dogs. Mason loves toys, especially squeaky toys. He is only permitted to play with them in his crate. Mason also has behavior issues that manifest in the home. He does best with slow intros with big dogs. Absolutely no dogs his size or smaller. No children either! Mason is a one-person dog and needs just that. He needs a stern, EXPERIENCED OWNER who will not allow his issue personality to dominate nor be in charge. Mason has a little dog ASSHOLE SYNDROME. There is no other way of putting it. We do not apologize for being honest. We do however apologize for the words. Sadly Mason has had 5 trial homes and all have failed. Why? Because babying and nurturing his bad behaviors when babying him for being an adorable dog. Allowing any behavior will fuel all unwanted behaviors. COMMON STUPID MISTAKE people do with little dogs. Maybe too much freedom to fast and/or not enough discipline. What we do know is he has always done well at the Sanctuary. We require that he sleep in his crate and interact with everyone like a dog. We also know he struggles with sounds that trigger him. However, these triggers we have learned second hand and have never experienced ourselves. Each home trigger was a different sound. Unfortunately, since we have never experienced them, we cannot work on the behavior. We do know it's TRUE as each potential adopter shared this. Mason requires an active home, meaning daily walks and continued work on basic obedience. Mason cannot be allowed to lead, take over, ever be treated as a baby, nor allowed what most people allow little dogs to get away with. He requires DISCIPLINE, STRUCTURE, AND ROUTINE. Also, we are requiring adopters to seek and continue behavior training support from a reputable trainer. Mason needs stability, guidance, discipline, and structure to maintain a healthy, balanced mindset or he will act out and, yes, he does bite. Once Mason is comfortable and if allowed to behave poorly, he will become what we consider dominant.
Mason has been with us for 3 years and has done great while with us, but he fails in a home setting. We have tried putting Mason on Prozac and he's been on it during the few months' trial period in his last home in the hope it would help, but it did not. We will speak to the vet and possibly try Trazadone in the hope this will help, but honestly, we don't know for sure until he is in a home setting. This is something we will try and consult with all potential adopters. Mason is fully vetted: all sets of vaccines including rabies, deworming/negative fecal, heartworm/ Lyme negative, and on monthly prevention.
We will NOT compromise on any requirements for Mason. If you are interested and feel you are experienced, knowledgeable, and capable of not just with the breed but little asshole bite dogs, please continue to proceed with the adoption application.
Triggers: Loud speaking/yelling. It makes Mason protective of his person. Sounds, but unfortunately they could be any out-of-the-ordinary or ordinary, sharp, everyday sounds. Example: sharp buzz or cans rattling. We have played these and gotten no reaction from him. We will continue to seek the best home for Mason. We also offer lifetime support, advice, and training for all our adopters. So, if this is not something you're seeking, please seek another rescue to adopt from. If this sounds like something you like and is acceptable to you, we welcome you to our AHS Family Team.
Mason is house and crate trained, up to date on all appropriate core vaccines including lepto, rabies, dewormed, fecal tested negative, microchipped, neutered, and on monthly heartworm flea/tick prevention.
Out-of-state adopters are welcome at the adopter's expense. We do NOT ship and meet and greet are required before adoption unless you are a previous adopter.
We believe training is an ongoing process that needs to be worked on daily. New issues and opportunities arise daily that have to be addressed and or rewarded. Continued training is a lifetime commitment.
The adoption process and information can be found on our website
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