Shady is a strong, athletic, very beautiful 2 year old golden mix that loves walks, hikes, runs, and his squeaky ball. We think he is part Husky (he has big paws and likes to sometimes howl). He has a bouncy run, he’s quick, and very graceful on his feet. He likes to rub up against his people, sit on your feet, or plop down on you when he wants attention. He was found wandering the streets of Compton and had probably never been on a leash or been inside a house when he first came to his foster parents. But he was housebroken right from the start (never had an accident in the house) and has spent the last two months learning to walk calmly on a leash, follow directions, and learning typical new sounds and shapes he’s never heard or seen before (like a vacuum, mixers, dishwasher, hair dryer, etc). He is a quick learner and will now sit, stay, shake, and “look at me”. Despite his enthusiasm and energy, he knows to stay sitting when the front door opens for a walk and wait until he is told he can walk out – most of the time. He is a good boy in the house and backyard- he has never been destructive, will play by himself with a lot of toys, does not counter surf, and does not beg at the dinner table. He loves attention and will try to climb up in your lap when he needs some love. He is still trying to learn the word “no” and “leave it” when he jumps up or is mouthy. At 75 pounds, he can be hard to resist! He follows his people from room to room all day, but he is also fine by himself in the house or backyard when his foster parents leave for a while.
Shady loves to go for car rides and will jump into any open car door. He does very well in the car- he likes to smell the breeze, but does not try to climb out and will lay down to sleep on longer trips. He loves his bed but will sleep just on the floor. He has been getting up on the bed to try and snuggle, when he hears his foster parents waking up in the morning.
Shady is now walking well on a leash in familiar territory, but still reacts and is on-guard when he sees most other dogs and will pull and bark at the big scary ones. It’s a work in progress, with lots of treats and positive reassurance.
He has become very comfortable with his fosters and can be protective at times at his house. He has a strong bark when he hears something scary (like neighbors moving trash cans or the mailman) and still does not know what a door knock or doorbell means. He is wary of most men and will give a low growl or even bark if they get too close too fast. He does warm up with treats and time and then settles down once new people are in the house. Experienced handlers are important to ensure he is not startled and/or gets unexpected attention from others. Shady was probably never socialized and gets anxious around most other dogs. He is getting better with the fosters constant training but will need continued training and professional training to learn proper social skills, so Shady isn’t nervous.
There are no kids at his foster home, but he has done very well with the small kids he has met at his own house and other people’s houses and has not shown any signs of aggression towards them. He has not met any cats, so we do not know how he would handle them.
My Ideal Home
Shady will need an experienced, patient and willing family that is committed to continue working on dog-socializing and learning humans are not a threat to him. He also needs a family that is strong enough to keep control of him when he gets too excited. Shady still has a lot of puppy energy and needs a home with a decent size back yard to run around in. He needs daily activity- usually a morning and evening walk, with a jog/run a couple times a week. He is always looking for someone to play with him and this toys in the backyard. We are not sure if Shady would do well with an another dog, but has done good with two female dogs on separate occasions because they were confident, older than him and they were able to let Shady know when they have had enough. He loves his human companions and would like someone to hang out with most of the time, but he is fine being by himself during part of the day too. He would love a house with lots of activity and friends to play with like older kids and/or another dog with the right introduction.
Want to Adopt me?
If you think you the perfect family for Shady and are willing to give him the love and attention he deserves, please contact his Rep Nicole at email@example.com and let her know how Shady would fit into your life. Please do not apply if you have not completed both your online application and an In-Home Interview with a SCGRR volunteer.