We are looking for a patient, loving home for two year old tri colour boy, Bertie. Bertie is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Bertie needs a special home with someone who can help him overcome his anxiety and address the reactive behaviours it causes. Ideally, we would like him to find a family who have experience of a dog with possessive behaviour.
Bertie likes to go for walks, and can walk to heel if asked. His new owner would have to be an assertive leader, because if you don’t tell him to walk to heel, he’ll assume it’s okay to pull on the lead. He walks regularly off lead, and has good recall. He loves to meet other dogs, and can’t wait to be part of the pack if he sees a group of dogs. He has never shown aggression to another dog He travels nicely in the car.
At home, Bertie is house trained but has never used a crate. He can be left alone for a few hours. He has never tried to escape from his secure garden. This cheeky character enjoys intercepting the post and stealing slippers, so it would be good if his new home had experience of a light fingered dog.
Once Bertie has stolen something, it can be difficult to get him to give it back, as he uses it as a comforter. This is probably linked to his anxiety. He has not bitten, but he will air snap and growl when he has possession of something he doesn’t want to give up. We have worked hard with him to encourage him to trade the stolen item for a treat, and everyone in his new home would need to be prepared to continue this training.
Bertie’s new home must be a calm one, as in his previous busy home, he found the comings and goings of the family members a bit worrying. His new home should be one without young children, due to Bertie’s resource guarding behaviour, and without cats. He would benefit from being an only dog, and getting undivided attention during his training. Bertie has already had too many homes for such a young dog, and he deserves a chance at family life. If you can offer this big teddy bear the chance to develop stable foundations, he will reward you with lots of love and affection.