Labrador Retriever / Hound / Mixed (short coat) / Male / Adult
Details about **Squirt D190686
- ID D190686
- Available for Adoption
- Coatlength: Short
- Activity Level: Moderate
- Good with Dogs: Yes
- Good with Adults: All
- Reaction to New People: Friendly
More about **Squirt D190686
- Energy Level: Moderate
- Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor Only
Age: DOB Approx. 5/12/12
Breed: Lab / Hound
Dog friendly: Yes
Cat friendly: TBD
Kid friendly: Yes, Older respectful kids
House Trained: Yes
Crate Trained: Yes, but does fine left out.
Energy level: Moderate
History: Pulled from an animal control
Adoption Fee: $400.00
From the Foster:
Squirt is the most laid back dog we've ever seen! He won't be the dog under your feet looking for attention and affection, and he's fine being independent, but he doesn't turn down any belly rubs or back/butt scratches and his tail wags and he gets excited to see you, so you can tell he loves you right back!
He is a big boy who was at first very hesitant to jump up onto the couch or bed, or to go down stairs. He has now done all of those things and sleeps in our bed with us sometimes. Other times he prefers to sleep on the ground next to the bed or on the couch. Squirt can be food motivated but usually only with meat (any kind including deli will do!)- he has turned down other food and/or left it alone when it dropped on the floor. We've been mixing in a little chicken or lunch meat with his dry food for both meals.
He is potty trained (he has 'marked' a couple small spots in our house where a previous foster had an accident, but it was a clear territory marking and not a potty accident- he knows how to go outside and waits nicely to do so). Squirt does just fine left out while we are gone- it’s pretty obvious he just sleeps. When we tried the kennel he took some coaxing and we simply don’t use it anymore. He would do best where he didn't need to go in it much since he is so good about going potty, and he does not show interest in chewing anything at all, so no worries there.
He walks fairly well on a leash but does want to stop and sniff/mark a lot. He can easily be redirected if he pulls a little or wants to stay too long in one spot. IMPORTANT: he has slipped out our front door when it was held open a bit too long. I have tried to grab his collar but he slips out of that, too. We have had a 15 minute chase around the neighborhood before. He was not interested in coming when we called and kept skipping from yard to yard. We finally got him into a neighbors yard that was mostly fenced and lured him with lunch meat. His forever home needs to have a fenced in yard and/or ability to take him out on a leash at all times. He does not try to dig or get out of our fence, but he would be a definite flight risk for any other open area.
Squirt is truly a 'gentle giant' and a very handsome puppy, too. He is timid about certain things like going out in the rain and he is very scared of fireworks and thunder. He doesn’t whine or hide but rather tries to sit right on top of you and wants to be held tightly. Even when he really trusts you this fear remains and will need to be handled with compassion.
Squirt rarely barks- he barks out our window when the mailman comes by and sometimes he will bark back at a dog that lives behind us. We now have a second foster dog with us and they get along very well- Squirt will play with her and then just kind of walk away when he doesn’t want to anymore. From what we have seen, he is a submissive dog.
Squirt needs to be in a home with older children and those who can fully respect his space. He will walk away or grumble a little bit if he doesn’t like something but could definitely nip at a smaller child or a persistent child, and therefore should not be in a home with very young children. He is a GEM of a dog who so badly deserves a forever home with tons of love!