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Argo *Deaf* D151128 - Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler (medium coat) Dog For Adoption
Mutt Dog For Adoption in Eden Prairie, MN, USA

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Organization Name: Secondhand Hounds
Location: Eden Prairie, MN 55344
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Breed: Mutt
Gender: Male Male
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Argo *Deaf* D151128

Age: Adult
Color/Markings: Tricolor (Tan/Brown & Black & White)
Size at Maturity: Medium
Availability Date: 03/31/2017
Location: Eden Prairie, MN 55344
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Physical Attributes
Coat Length Medium
Likes to Vocalize Some
Altered Yes
Behavioral Characteristics
OK with Dogs No
OK with Cats No
Energy Level High
Activity Level Highly Active
Exercise Needs High
Fence Required Any Type
Obedience Training Needs Training
Owner Experience Required Breed
Other
  • Yard Required
  • Leash Trained
Personality
Personality Characteristics
  • Affectionate
  • Intelligent
  • Goofy
Additional Information
Was the Dog Found No
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Posted Breed: Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler (medium coat). Name: Argo *Deaf* Age: 3 years Gender: Male Breed: Australian Cattledog Weight: 36 lbs Dog friendly: No Cat friendly: No Kid friendly: Older, considerate, kids with dog experience only House trained: Yes Crate trained: Yes Energy level: High; not suitable for apartments or shared walls History: Local surrender Adoption Fee: $250 From the Foster: ARGO - My best guess is that he was named after the movie ARGO which was about a rescue mission. Argo was rescued from the a humane society but his adopters didn’t know he was deaf and decided they were not the right people to meet his needs. I’m not sure where Argo was before that but it seems obvious he had love as well as some bumps in the road. I didn’t think I was up to the deaf dog challenge either...until Argo won me over with his charm and I did a little research. Deaf dog training is really simple and there are lots of resources available to help you. One of my favorites is Deaf Dogs Rock . The important thing is for everyone in the house to be consistent with clear signals. Argo has been working with a trainer and knows basic commands and a few tricks. He loves to learn and you could have lots of fun teaching him new moves. His foster mom will share his hand signals and the trainer may be available depending on your location. We ran into a young boy out on the trail recently who turned to his folks and said “now that’s a good looking dog!!!”. It’s unfortunate Argo is not listed as “kid friendly” because Argo loves kids. He will wiggle right up to them looking for pets and treats. Argo has some OCD behaviors including shadow chasing and tail spinning. Some kids would think that’s funny and encourage the behavior, or even worse tease him with laser pointers or flashlights. A mature child could help Argo redirect his compulsive behavior by throwing his ball and taking him for a walk. Argo loves to play fetch and will always bring the ball back and drop it at your feet. If it rolls away he will pick it up and bring back to you. Exercise and mental stimulation are really important for Argo. Boredom and over crating would not be good. Argo has some fear aggression with mostly larger dogs. An experienced handler should be able to help him work on that but at this time dog parks and doggie day care would not be recommended. He seems to like smaller dogs but would need slow introductions and close observation. Argo will try to herd kitties but does not show other cattle dog tendencies like nipping. Deaf dogs do best with a fenced yard and secure gates since they do not have recall. Argo does not like to be left on a tie out, he likes to be with his people. Argo usually sleeps on the ottoman at the foot of the bed and snuggles up for belly rubs in the morning. Sometimes he chooses to sleep in his crate with the door open. His crate is right next to my shoe racks and he has not shown any interest in them. Good boy Argo (thumbs up in doggie sign)! Argo would thrive in an active environment that understands his need for exercise and mental engagement. He would do well in a home that offers lots of structure and use of positive training methods. Argo is very sensitive and may have been punished for his compulsive behaviors and lack of understanding his deafness. He is a happy sweet boy who really wants to please. Gain his trust and you will be rewarded with an amazing companion.

A.K.A. : A mongrel, mixed-breed dog
Overview: A mongrel, mutt, or mixed-breed dog, is a dog that is not the result of breeding within an existing breed or to modify or create a breed and belongs to no breed. In the United States, the term "mixed-breed" is a favored synonym over "mongrel" among many who wish to avoid negative connotations associated with the latter term. The implication that such dogs must be a mix of defined breeds may stem from an inverted understanding of the origins of dog breeds. Pure breeds have been, for the most part, artificially created from random-bred populations by human selective breeding with the purpose of enhancing desired physical, behavioral, or temperamental characteristics. Dogs that are not purebred are not necessarily a mix of such defined breeds. Therefore, among experts and fans of such dogs, "Mongrel" is still the preferred term.
Breed Group: Unspecified
Country of Origin: Unknown

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    • American Pit Bull Terrier Dog For Adoption in Eden Prairie, MN, USA

      America D170...

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      Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier (short coat). Name: America Age: DOB Approx. 4.25.14 Gender: Female Breed: Pitty Weight: 50 Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: TBD Kid friendly: Yes House Trained: Yes Crate Trained: Yes Energy level: Moderate History: Pulled from an animal control Adoption Fee: $350.00 From the Foster: Hi, my name is Gracie (formerly America). I’m about three years old, and I’m pretty happy to be here…or anywhere, or everywhere! I have a wiggly butt and a tail that just wags and wags and wags and…you get the picture. I’ve been living with my foster dad for a short while now, and I’ve been having a great time. I have two foster brothers that have been pretty nice to me, and we all get along great together. One is a grumpy old guy who doesn’t want anything to do with me, so I’m respectful of his space, and the other guy is about my age, but he doesn’t know how to dog very well yet, so I’m trying to show him how to run and play. I even curl up with him in our bed sometimes to snooze. I’m told I’m doing wonderfully when it comes to some of the basics of being a good dog. I’ve met a lot of people already and I really like them all, both big people and little people. I’m housebroken on a schedule, and I have no qualms about going into my kennel and quieting down when my foster dad leaves. I also go in my kennel most nights to sleep, and I don’t mind that, either. I haven’t shown any interesting in chewing on anything that I shouldn’t, I just stick to my bones or a Kong. My foster dad says I do still need to get better on some other basic dog skills, but that we’re going to work together to ‘Make America Great…’ (even though my name is now Gracie). I’m working on not jumping up when I get excited, learning to walk better on a leash and not pull as much, and figure out some of the standard commands like sit, down, look, off, and more. I’m a strong determined gal, who needs constant reinforcement of what’s right and what’s wrong, BUT…for a treat, I’ll do most anything! If I sound like someone who could be your new best friend, let’s talk! 1) she can climb a chainlink fence. I have a wood privacy fence, and she can't do much there, but I had her at a friends house briefly and I got to see how quickly she could climb up the fence. So she's not going to require a fence, but she will always need to be a leashed dog. Her prey drive is high for tiny animals like squirrels, rabbits, and cats. 2) we also did a brief cat test with Gracie, and she was excessively interested in the cats. She wouldn't pay attention to anything while the cat was in the room, and in my experience, that's not generally a good sign or something she could get over. I'd question how well she'd do with some tiny animals, but that's not always a showstopper.
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    • American Pit Bull Terrier-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Eden Prairie, MN, USA

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      Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier / Mixed (short coat). Name: Cinnamon (Now goes by Maggie!) Age: Date of Birth: 08/29/2012 Gender: Female Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier mix Weight: 41 pounds Dog friendly: Selective Cat friendly: No Kid friendly: Yes, 10+! House trained: Yes Crate trained: Yes Energy level: Medium History: Local dog from Minneapolis Animal Care & Control Adoption Fee: $200 From the Foster: Maggie is a total package type of dog. Completely house trained, knows what furniture she is and isn't allowed on, absolutely no accidents, can go a full workday left out at home, good on walks with minimal pulling, loves to play fetch and tug, has all her basic commands on lock, and is totally fine sleeping wherever you tell her too - but if it is in your bed she would be delighted. She is incredibly smart, almost too smart, and can learn just about anything you can figure out how to train her to do. If you watch the amazing video her previous foster made, you can see how she is the perfect summer adventure dog, and she makes a fantastic snuggler for those sit in front of the tv nights. And in the winter, she loves wearing sweaters to keep her nearly hairless belly warm from the snow. She lets you know when she wants to play by bringing her preferred toy to you and pestering you until you play with her. And when she wants to go outside or back inside, she will gently tap the door with her paw and if you don't hear her, a single bark. Maggie is quick to like new people, but once she opens up after a couple weeks and gets really comfortable with you, you might even get a few kisses along with a very wiggly dog whenever you come home. Now you might be asking, if Maggie is the whole package, why is she still up for adoption? Well Maggie has a couple of quirks that means that she needs a very special family to give her a perfect forever home. Maggie is dog reactive. She will lunge, bark, or growl on walks when she sees other dogs. She is decently strong, so make sure whoever is walking her is sturdy enough to do so. Training has been improving this, but at her best, Maggie will still need VERY slow introductions to new dogs, and may only get along with a very certain type of personality of dog. My best bet would be a chill male who isn't going to try to be the boss, but won't get steamrolled by Maggie's dominant type personality. Maggie is what I call an "alert dog." Meaning, she will excitedly bark or growl when she hears the doorbell, knocking, or a car door slamming, or when she can see people outside in or near her yard. She will also bark if she hears similar sounds from the tv or radio. Once that person comes inside, she is instantly all wiggles and just wants to sniff the new person and get pet. This means that she likely would not be a good dog for a home with shared walls, or your neighbors might be a bit annoyed by her version of telling you someone is coming to visit. Maggie has a very high prey drive, so she needs to not live with any kitties or other small critters. Even if the small critters stay in their cages, I'm afraid that if she has access to seeing them in there, she will try to force her way in. She will also try to run after squirrels and bunnies on walks, but we are working on that impulse control with training too. Lastly, Maggie needs to be in a home with no small children and no small children coming in the future. Small kids make Maggie nervous. This is likely due to unpredictable noises and movement, and kids not being able to read her reactions to things. Small kid visitors would be okay as long as someone is watching to make sure she doesn't get overwhelmed, and that she is given a safe space away from the excitement where she will be left alone to chill. If there are going to be children living in the home, 10 years and older would be best. Thank you for reading though this essay of a bio for Miss Maggles. Feel free to send in an application if you have any questions on Maggie, and good luck finding your new best friend! Check her out here :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8kn246W1iQ
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    • Poodle (Miniature) Dog For Adoption in Eden Prairie, MN, USA

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      Breed: Poodle (Miniature)
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Senior
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: Poodle (Miniature) (short coat). Name: Benedict Age: Approximately 10-12 years Gender: Male Breed: Miniature Poodle Weight: 14 pounds Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: Yes Kid friendly: Yes - Older, respectful kids please House trained: In progress Crate trained: No, doesn't need to be Energy level: Low/Moderate History: From MO Adoption Fee: $250 From the Foster: Hello again and thanks for taking the time to read my update. My most recent news is I don’t have eyes anymore, they think I was born with one eye that didn’t work and the other simply got worse with age. Foster mom and dad do not call me One Eyed Benny anymore. They have replaced it with Bennis. I still like to go on walks I’m just slower than I used to be as I must sniff everything. I’m learning my way around the house and how to get outside to potty and get back in the house. I still prefer dad to mom, but mom is nice and brushes me, which I enjoy and will even roll on my back for her to reach my belly. When they leave the house, I have to go in my room now, they say something about my safety, whatever that is. Let’s revisit the potty business topic. I know to potty outside, I do not signal to go outside and I’m only able to hold it for two to three hours. On a side note, I wake up to potty at 4:00 a.m.every day. Every. Day. I bark until they take me outside. I figure this is a good thing, because then I potty outside and not inside. Well, thanks again for reading. Benedict Hello and thank you for taking the time to read my profile. My name is Benedict, but I answer to Ben, Benny, or One Eyed Benny as I only have one eye. It’s hard to tell from my pictures, but I’m a bit on the mature side, as such I get stiff in the hip area and I may or may not have an extra couple of pounds on me. Who wants to exercise when their hips hurt? But never fear, I take medicine which helps and I go on walks which I really enjoy. Also, these people say a home with two or less steps and more carpet/rugs than hardwood are in my best interest. I live with two other dogs and a cat, I don’t mind them, they don’t mind me but I prefer the people in the house. I like to sit on my foster dad’s lap at every opportunity, in fact I will bark at him to let him know I want up and he’s nice enough to pick me up and put me on his lap. I have my own room complete with a crate but I have no need to be in it because they say I’m a good boy when left home. I enjoy apples, pears, green beans and car rides. These people have me eating fruits and vegetables in an effort to help me slim down. These folks don’t have kids; however they say only older respectful kids for me. Let’s talk potty business. I know to potty outside, I especially enjoy pottying on car tires, but I cannot, no matter what I do, hold it for several hours. I’M OLD, I CANNOT HELP IT. Foster mom and dad say my furever people must be home more than they are away. With that said, know this, my way of alerting you that I need to go out is very discrete, very. Signing off for now, thanks again for reading, Benedict
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    • German Shepherd Dog-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Eden Prairie, MN, USA

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      Breed: German Shepherd Dog-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: German Shepherd Dog / Mixed (medium coat). Name: Squooshy Date of Birth: 07/20/2014 Gender: Female Breed: Shepherd x Weight: 65 Dog friendly: Yes, needs companion dog in the home Cat friendly: Yes Kid friendly: Yes, but older due to being skittish House trained: Yes Crate trained: Yes Energy level: Moderate History: Local Stray Adoption Fee: $350 From the Foster: Hi I am Squooshy! As you can see from my pictures I am a bit of a scardey cat. I am a very sweet and loving pup, but I have a some fears that I will need help to continue working on. Men seem very scary to me so I do best when they ignore me, women can be a little scary too but I warm up to them much faster. I do get startled easily, so I would do best in a home no kids or kids 16+. Now that you know my fears lets talk about things I like! I have been with my foster mom for a few months now, and love being around her and her female friends, I like to follow her everywhere she goes. Once I get over my fears, we can be best buds! I also love having a confident dog around, she helps me worry less about the big scary world. I really like walking, hiking and being out in nature. I also love all dogs, and like to play and be a goof ball. I love to fetch and play chase with other pups too!"
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