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Cooper *Senior* D151141 - Shepherd / Mixed (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
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Breed: Mutt
Gender: Male Male
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Cooper *Senior* D151141

Age: Senior
Color/Markings: Black with Tan, Yellow or Fawn
Size at Maturity: Large
Availability Date: 07/02/2016
Location: Eden Prairie, MN 55344
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Tags: Mutt Dog For Adoption in Eden Prairie, MN, USA
Physical Attributes
Coat Length Medium
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Amount Moderate
Altered Yes
Behavioral Characteristics
OK with Kids Yes
OK with Dogs Yes
Energy Level Moderate
Activity Level Moderately Active
Exercise Needs Moderate
Other
  • Good in a Car
Personality
Personality Characteristics
  • Affectionate
  • Eager to Please
  • Even-Tempered
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Was the Dog Found No
Other
  • Up-to-date on Vaccinations

Posted Breed: Shepherd / Mixed (medium coat). Name: Cooper Age: Approximate DOB 8/28/03 Gender: Male Breed: Shepherd mix Weight: 65 pounds Dog friendly: Would prefer to be the only dog Cat friendly: Unknown Kid friendly: Older kids only please! House trained: Yes Crate trained: Doesn't need to be Energy level: Moderate History: Owner Surrender in KY Adoption Fee: $200 From the Foster: Cooper is a great dog! He took about 24 hours to adjust to me and my apartment but now doesn't leave my side! Absolutely loves going on walks (and eating snow along the way), taking naps and getting his ears scratched. He loves being off leash with me on the patio or keeping me company while doing yard work. Doesn't have accidents in the house, does well in the car if he can stick his head out the window!. He's ok with other dogs but would prefer to be the only center of attention at his forever home. He's fine being left out in the house during the day although he likes to sneak up on the couch! He can take a little while to warm up to new people, but as soon as he knows he can trust you he is the biggest sweetheart . Cooper will make a great addition to the right family! All dogs are in individual foster homes throughout the Twin Cities. I f you would like to meet/adopt this animal or anyone else, then please fill out an adoption application at http://secondhandhounds.org/adoption-information/ and the foster(s) will be in touch! Keep in mind that there may be multiple applicants applying for the same animal(s). You only need to complete 1 application for multiple animals that you're interested in. Note - We change an animal's listing to say "PENDING ADOPTION" when they already had a meet and greet with a family who plans to adopt that animal. We put "NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS" on a listing when an animal has multiple applications in and the foster has asked to stop accepting any more while they review the applications they've already received. If you would like to be a foster for Secondhand Hounds, then please fill out a foster application, http://secondhandhounds.org/fostervolunteer-information/fostering-101/ You can choose the type of animal you'd like to foster and we will supply everything you need (food, collar, bowls, crate, etc.) while the animal is in your care. Thanks for your interest in Secondhand Hounds!

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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    • Rat Terrier Dog For Adoption in Eden Prairie, MN, USA

      Sanchez D151...

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      Breed: Rat Terrier
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: Rat Terrier (short coat). Name: Sanchez Age: 4-5 years Gender: Male Breed: Rat Terrier Weight: 7 lbs Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: Unknown Kid friendly: TBD House trained: Paper trained Crate trained: Yes Energy level: Moderate History: From a shelter in Tennessee Adoption Fee: $300 From the Foster: He is working on house training, and he is doing well! He is VERY treat/food motivated and always urinates outside with encouragement and, especially, a little treat to coax him to stay outside a little longer. He really likes going for walks, right now they are short, as he is getting back into shape after his heartworm treatment, but he shows promise that he will be able to do longer walks with practice. He does need to be watched when we come back inside. He gets excited to be back in the house, and sometimes marks only a few minutes after coming back in. I have started to curb this behavior by teaching him to ‘sit nice’ while I take off his leash, and then I give him a treat for his good behavior. This seems to calm down his zoomies. He has started to become less possessive of his favorite toy (the pink bone) and he give is to us to play fetch with him. He is extremely smart, loves being the center of attention, and SO willing to please, that I think he could be trained to do a whole bunch of tasks/tricks. I’d recommend that he go to a house with respectful children. He does not like to be held down - or given the feeling of being trapped - and he barks and may lash out to get free. If you are respectful of him and let him come to you, you can hug him all you want. But it must be his choice to be held. His energy level is moderate he gets excited when people come over he runs up and down and up and down the stairs. he's generally a good boy he likes to be fairly close to you but not to cuddle. he does like to sleep on the bed, he likes to bury himself under the blankets he likes to have his back scratched in the morning and he loves to play tug-of-war with that pink bone I was recently treated for heartworms, and I am feeling much better now! Please let SHH know if you have any questions!
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    • Chihuahua Dog For Adoption in Eden Prairie, MN, USA

      Posh D16098...

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      Breed: Chihuahua
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: Chihuahua (short coat). Name: Posh Age: 4 years Gender: Female Breed: Chihuahuazx Weight: 7 lbs Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: Yes Kid friendly: TBD House trained: Yes, also will use pads Crate trained: No Energy level: Moderate History: From a shelter in Arkansas Adoption Fee: $350 From the Foster: Posh enjoys the other animals in the house. She likes the dog park and going for walks. Likes to chew on rawhides or bully sticks She is slow to warm up to new people and currently loves her foster mom the best. Posh is suspicious of strangers and very loyal to her foster family. Someone with Chi experience or who has done some research to understand their personalities would make a much more successful match! She is very sweet and loves to cuddle. She is potty trained, and will use the potty pads provided to puppies, also. She is not a fan of the crate, but does fine left out.
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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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    • American Pit Bull Terrier Dog For Adoption in Eden Prairie, MN, USA

      Tonka D16135...

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      Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier (short coat). Name: Tonka Date of Birth: Approx. 08/24/2015 Gender: Male Breed: Pitty Weight: 55 Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: No, chases too much! Kid friendly: Yes House trained: On a schedule, Yes! Crate trained: Yes Energy level: Moderate History: Pulled from an animal control Adoption Fee: $350 From the Foster: During the time we've had Tonka, he's been a BIG love bug!! He's not had the greatest life, but it certainly hasn't got him down!! He thinks he's a lap dog and loves to give hugs and get belly rubs. He's a gentle giant!! He is currently living with 3 other resident dogs, 2 female and 1 male. He would do best with other non dominant dogs - I don't think he is dominant but can be a little over bearing in his play :) Tonka would do best in a house without cats. He does try to chase them and is very interested in them and very hard to redirect his attention. We free feed our bunch, and he has had no food aggression. He also takes treats very gently. He is crate trained and once in his crate, he wines a little, but settles down quickly and takes a nap :), with no barking. On a schedule he is house trained, too! He knows how to sit on command and is working on walking on a leash, he does like to pull when he's on a mission to see something, but if there is nothing grabbing his attention, he will walk casually by your side. This dude is built like a Tonka truck ;) ! He is a big beef cake that is looking to be loved for the rest of his life!! You will not be disappointed, this guy will give you lots of affection to show you how much he appreciates you rescuing him!!
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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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    • Mutt Dog For Adoption in Eden Prairie, MN, USA

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      Breed: Mutt
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler (medium coat). Name: Ranger *Blind* Age: Approximate DOB 4/27/10 Gender: Male Breed: Heeler Weight: 54 pounds Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: Yes with dog savy cats Kid friendly: Yes - Older kids please! House trained: Yes Crate trained: Doesn't need to be Energy level: Low/Average History: Owner Surrender after death Adoption Fee: $250 From the Foster: Ranger is blind but that doesn’t stop him. He learns your house and yard pretty quickly and then nothing stops him. Well…he isn’t fond of stairs. A few to go outside isn’t too bad. He loves to be brushed and combed. He will follow you around the house…especially the kitchen. He would gladly clean up any treats you drop for him. Ranger is 100% house trained with no accidents, and does well left loose in the house, even if you’re gone during the day. Ranger likes to hang out and sleep on his dog bed or on the floor. He really likes being in front of the fire. He would do best with a fenced yard not because he is a runner, but because he needs to be able to learn his territory safely. What he needs the most is a forever home to live out his golden years. One that understands that he needs to familiarize himself with new things, and that understands that while he is a very smart, loving dog, his days of going for long walks and going new places are behind him. He is, however, ready to welcome you home every evening, and help you watch movies, and relax in the backyard, and cook, and anything else you love to do at home if you are ready to give him the chance.
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    • American Pit Bull Terrier-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Eden Prairie, MN, USA

      ** Tomato D1...

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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: Tomato Date of Birth: Approx. 11/01/13 Gender: Female Breed: Pitty Weight: 65 Dog friendly: Unknown Cat friendly: Unknown Kid friendly: Yes House trained: Yes Crate trained: Doesn't need to be. Energy level: Moderate History: Pulled from a high kill shelter Adoption Fee: $250 From the Foster: Hi! My name is Tomato, but my foster family prefers to call me “Pretty princess Tomato pie”. I have had a rough start to life and had a few health challenges but I’m all healed up and ready to find my forever family!! My favorite thing in the world is to be next to my humans, I love snuggling and sitting with them and making sure they know I’m right there for anything they need. My second favorite thing is peanut butter frozen bones and de-stuffing any sort of stuffed animal. I love those! I’m pretty food oriented (but I’m grain free!) and will do just about anything for a treat. I’m housebroken but not crate trained. I do well without a crate and just lie on the couch and protect the neighborhood when I’m left alone & I’m not overly vocal says my foster family. I love car rides, baths and even love going to the vet (They love me there)….not many dogs can say that. I also put up with my foster family putting hats and clothes on me, I secretly love my jammies! I get so so so excited to see my humans my little body just wiggles and wiggles! My forever home shouldn’t be a chaotic one, I prefer it just to be chill….I like walks and playing outside, but am still learning this whole family dog business, so I will need a person/family that is willing to work on this with me and probably without small humans running around, the older ones I can handle. So far I love it! If you’re wanting a Velcro fur friend and are willing to spoil me rotten- I mean, train me- then I’m your dog! Can’t wait to meet you. – Princess Tomato
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    • Pug-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Eden Prairie, MN, USA

      Brooke D1511...

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      Breed: Pug-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: Pug / Spaniel / Mixed (short coat). Name: Brooke Age: 2 years Gender: Female Breed: Pug / Spaniel Weight: 22 lbs Dog friendly: Yes, would do best with another friendly, playful dog, but needs slow introductions when meeting new dogs! Cat friendly: No Kid friendly: No House trained: No Crate trained: Yes Energy level: Moderate - High History: From a shelter in Kentucky Adoption Fee: $300 From the Foster: Brooke is a very sweet little mystery mutt! She almost looks like a pug got together with a black lab ;) Brooke is a shy girl. She doesn't meet people or dogs with open arms, but give her some time and she loves other dogs! Wrestling with the resident Corgi is one of her all-time favorite activities. She is very fearful with new people, and will give a growl warning and lots of barking telling them them to back off. Brooke loves HER people, and while she is a fantastic little snuggler who adores foster mom and dad, she would not do well in a house with new people coming and going without further training. She does better with women than men. Brooke is still working on her house training and general manners but she's improved a whole lot! She would benefit greatly from continued socialization with people and dogs. She is a graduate of Basic Training at Twin Cities Obedience Training Club. She knows sit, touch, down, shake, wave, bow, and "relax" on her mat. She is a very fast learner, loves treat rewards, and LOVES going to school! She is also a graduate of Fetch Dog Training's class Wallflowers, for shy and fearful dogs. She has completed a Tricks class and has begun training in agility. She really loves her agility classes! As of February 2017 she has been taking these classes continuously for 3 months now. Her new forever home must commit to ongoing training... she loves learning, and it does her so much good and boosts her confidence in regards to strange people and strange dogs. She still has a way to go being comfortable with strangers, but she is making so much progress. Brooke loves toys, chewing on bones, and all sorts of fun things! She is crate trained and being crated when left alone is important so that she doesn't get into any trouble. She is very food and toy motivated so with lots of positive reinforcement she is a quick learner! She is very agile, and can leap from couch to chair and back with ease... got a coffee table? She might hop on that as a pit stop along the way! Brooke is very alert to all goings-on outside of the home and is a very vocal dog. She will alert to strangers and other dogs outside the fence or window. She would not do well in a living situation with shared walls. If you're looking for a young adult dog who is ready to learn and you are patient with love to give, Brooke is ready to grow with you and learn how to be the best little girl she can be! Experienced adopters only please!!!! If you are interested in meeting her please fill out an application today!
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    • Mutt Dog For Adoption in Eden Prairie, MN, USA

      Argo *Deaf* ...

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      Breed: Mutt
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: USA
      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.
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