Meet big, strapping and handsome Chadwick. A black lab weighing in at 94 lbs at only 10 months of age, he still has some growing to do. His heart is pure gold and he is still all puppy brain in that giant body of his. It was evident that Chad had very little structure in his original home, left to make his own (often bad) decisions. SCGRR is currently working to build a better foundation for manners and good decision making. It’s important for his furever home to be committed to continuing his education and manners practice for coexisting inside with his loving humans. Thank goodness this “horse” is house trained.
Chad seems to prefer a calm, gentle and confident “male” energy. If you are a single, like minded and physically strong dude, this just might be your new best buddy. He is NOT a good candidate for small children at the moment. Chad is dog social but can be intimidating with his size and exuberance. He greets new dogs with excitement and persistence to play with him. Inside the home, we have seen Chad compete for attention (pets, toys, food ) so we prefer Chad to be your only pet to adore. If there is another dog in the home, it would need to be ok with the big attention hog who always wants his way, and is an enthusiastic about playing. We have no idea if he is safe with cats. Chad is ball obsessed, loves water and piling up toys – even placing them in his water bowl for you to retrieve for him. Chadwick is an excellent cuddler and wonderful in the car.
Activity Level — Chad has a medium energy level as far as Labrador puppies go. He does need his daily exercise, ball throwing, behavior practice (sit, wait, find it, drop it, give it, good boy, etc) manners training and mental stimulation. He could be a good jogging buddy. However, you’ll need to take it slow as sometimes he’s hesitant to venture into new areas.
One must know that Chad’s current list of training needed is a long one. He is mouthy, jumps up whenever he is excited or greets someone (sometimes all 4 paws are up at the same time!!!) grabs your clothing when he is excited / wants attention, grabs his leash, rushes ahead through doorways and more. He is super smart, food motivated and a very fast learner. He was surrendered to the shelter for resource guarding objects he values in the home. This is at the top of his manners training plan. He likes his crate – a bit too much at the moment as he will growl at you if you’re hanging out next to it. But once he is out, he’s back to his normal, ready-to-chase-my-ball self.
Chad would be fine in an apartment or condo situation as long as he gets plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. In fact, being left in a yard would likely give him too much freedom at this young age – he would probably find things to do like dig holes. If you have access to water like the beach, a lake or pool. Chad will adore that! Chad’s short life was off to a rough start. He would love to find someone willing and able to show him a better path. His sweet disposition will give back in spades!
My Ideal Home
Chad would be an ideal dog for a single “male” energy human or potentially a couple – physically able to handle a large dog and someone absolutely committed to continue his much-needed training. No young children- although he did grow up with children taking lots of things away from this pup. No other pets preferred – Chad needs to focus on his manners right now. Access to water like beach or pool would be awesome – he can’t get enough of the water bucket! It’s important Chadwick be with an experienced family – someone with patience and a willingness to work with a behaviorist to change Chad’s attitude toward the stuff he guards. That’s his big problem right now but totally workable with patience and positive rewards for choosing the right thing.