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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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Date Listed: 03/31/2017
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verified Rescue Information

Organization Name: Secondhand Hounds
Location: Eden Prairie, MN

Breed: Mutt
Gender: Male Male

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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Mutt Dog For Adoption in Eden Prairie, MN, USA

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
  • Yard Required
  • Leash Trained
Personality Characteristics
  • Affectionate
  • Intelligent
  • Goofy
Additional Information
Was the Dog Found No

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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