Asher came to SCGRR a few years ago when we found him in a shelter. He was adopted, and then recently returned to us due anxiety in that environment. Asher has been at a foster home for the last few weeks and is doing well. What we believe, is that Asher will feed off of the energy of those around him, so a calm, confident environment is critical for his well-being.
Asher is now about 4 ½ years old and has a lot of energy that needs an outlet! His favorite thing to do is play with the resident dogs at his foster home. He will play for hours – tug of war, running around the yard, and rough housing are his daily routine. He also gets 3-4 one mile walks a day in between the dog playing. Asher likes to play with toys with his dog brother, but he is not really interested in playing tug or ball with people. He does enjoy walks, and loves car rides – in fact, sometimes he doesn’t want to get out of the car. He is a fairly good walker on a Freedom Harness… while he’s not a big puller, he does occasionally sit down in the middle of a walk for no apparent reason and will need a push to get moving again.
Asher has pretty good house manners. He is house trained, knows sit, down and paw. He may steal an occasional slipper but destruction of items is not his MO, he just likes to hide them. He does enjoy an occasional recycle bin dive. Asher sleeps on the floor as he tends to get hot – you will often find him in front of a fan or the AC vent. He has lived with a cat and did well.
Sweet, cuddly and pretty calm describes Asher’s temperament. Even though he is high energy, in between his time of walking and playing, he will settle in and lay at your feet while you work or watch TV.
He is nervous meeting new people and needs some time to adjust. So he does need a quiet home without a lot of people coming and going. He would not appreciate the noise and chaos of kids, so we are looking for a single person, or a couple, who are home most of the time.
Asher had separation anxiety at his former home but is doing much better in his foster home due to a lot of exercise, living with 3 other dogs, and having a foster who does not get anxious if Asher does – he takes his cues from his handler so a confident person makes him feel confident. He does get worried about fireworks and loud weather so a home that is not in a fireworks zone would be best.
Overall Asher is a great dog. He is fun loving, playful, affectionate and easy to correct. He needs a family who is willing to work with his requirements for a quiet place to live and someone who is around a lot… including at least one young, playful fur brother.
My Ideal Home
Here are Asher’s MUST HAVES:
– one or two people with experience with anxiety dogs, and a very quiet home
– no kids, not even teenagers
– a young energetic dog, preferably a male, who won’t mind being bugged to play a lot. Asher needs a more submissive dog, and we will need to have him meet any perspective dog to see how their chemistry is. Asher currently lives with 4 other dogs and has chosen the young, submissive one to play with. He ignores a senior who is fairly immobile, respects the grows of warnings from the grumpy but non-reactive dog, and hasn’t yet made up his mind about the household diva.
– a nice sized backyard to run and get energy out… Asher can not live in a condo or apartment
– an adopter who does not get anxious if Asher is anxious; Asher needs calm and confident, gentle but firm
– Someone home most of the time as Asher does have separation anxiety (this can definitely be worked on with a trainer so he can learn to be home alone for short periods)
– a home in a quiet area, not a busy city life