A Male Labrador-x presently Adopted
Take 2 for Arlo and this time we think we got it right. May Arlo and his human have many happy years together. Animatch is so grateful to *FIC for all the progress he has made over the past few months.
UPDATE - Aug 24: Well, Arlo is back and we are all so disappointed! Moving to a new home can be stressful for a dog but moving to a dog’s first home is super stressful. An unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people can cause all kinds of quirks; it could take anywhere from three weeks to three months or more for a dog to settle in.
Here are a few signs of stress that are quite common when dogs go to a new home; they just show that the dog is unsure and anxious about his new situation.
• Nervous dogs can feel a sudden urge to urinate more frequently.
• Some dogs experience stomach upsets and diarrhea during the first few days
• Dogs frequently yawn drool, lick, and scratch excessively when uncomfortable in their new situation
• Panting excessively, even though he has not jogged 5 miles in the heat of summer, indicates that he may be frazzled.
• Shedding will increase when a dog is anxious
• Housetrained dogs may regress and have accidents
Stress is part of our everyday life as well as our dog’s. As with humans, exercise can be a great stress reducer for your dog. Physical activities like walking or playing fetch help both you and your dog release tension. It’s also good to provide your dog with a safe place in the home where he can escape anxious situations. Please be patient and just continue to show him that he is safe with you.
Arlo is just a dog looking for a home that will accept that there is a transition period. He was welcomed back at FIC with open arms and continues to prove that he is an amazing dog who just needs a break.
UPDATE: Hey Arlo here and take a look at me now. After a few weeks with my pals at *FIC, I am a changed dog. I have learned that in order for a walk to be fun, I don't have to be dragging a human. I also understand that people will be just as happy to meet me without jumping on them. All that in a few short weeks and Virginie Forest, Alain Bonneau, and their students believe that the sky's the limit for me. The more you teach me the happier I will be. No doubt about it, I'm on the right path. So, now all I need is an active family who will continue to work with me. Take a look at a few videos of me doing my thing; I am very proud of what I have accomplished.
*Ecole de Formation des intervenants canins du Quebec
My name is Arlo and I am one happy fellow right now – apparently, I’ll be going to a family who actually wants a dog. I was an unclaimed stray. Take a look at the photo of the thick, heavy chain that was around my neck when I was found. Since I only speak “dog” I can’t confirm that I was one of those dogs that spent most of his life tied to a chain but the evidence certainly points in that direction. There is truly no justification for humans to chain dogs up outside “out of sight, out of mind”. No dog deserves to be banished to a life of loneliness like a lawn ornament that serves no purpose. First thing that happened when I arrived was Animatch slapped on a nice new collar! I haven’t had too much attention in my life, so we will need to work on my manners – nothing obedience training can’t fix. I may be all grown up but I am still a puppy at heart and I’m depending on you for guidance and support. I really want to be the greatest dog I can be. Being part Lab, means that I have never met a stranger and enjoy enthusiastic greetings. I will require plenty of exercise; I hear that Labs are great at retrieving a ball, so let’s give it a try. I know I am asking a lot, but I think it’s a fair bargain for a lifetime of friendship. So, if you think that I’m your guy, hurry on up and fill in the Adoption Form.
More Details About Arlo
- Status: Adopted
- Breed: Labrador-x
- Size: Large (85 lbs)
- Age: 3 years
- Gender: Male
- Grooming: Low
- Energy: High
- Children: 10 and over
- Cat friendly: tbc
- Dog friendly: Yes
Am I ready for a dog?
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