A Male Shepherd x Lab presently Adopted
Update – Jan 30: This is Smokey checking in and letting you know that I’m still on the lookout for my furever family. A LOT has happened in the past several months. I actually spent a few months with Virginie Forest and her crew of students at *FIC. It was a wonderful experience and I have come a LONG way. They worked hard on socializing me with other dogs and I’ve got all my basic commands down pat. A few weeks ago, Animatch thought it would be a good idea for me to take the next step into a foster home and I’m lovin’ it here too. My Foster Mom says that now we will start working on the stuff that will help in my every day life. Warning – I am a super star at counter surfing. That will only teach you to put all edibles away. One of my favorite pastimes is taking the clothes out of the laundry baskets and distributing them through the house. My Foster Mom is happy that I do not destroy them. As much as I love playing with other dogs, I can be a bit rough – my Foster brother is very good at correcting me. I have come a long way insofar as my leash reactivity is concerned but if I meet another dog who is misbehaving, I tend to react. Slow introductions are best; I love people but give me a little time to get to know you. My Foster Mom is going to continue to work with me. An experienced guardian would suit me. So how about you provide me with a long-term commitment to training, socializing, and heaps of love. In return I will provide you a lifetime of companionship. Sounds like you’re the real winner! Fill in the Adoption Form and you may be the lucky one to take this smart fella home.
*École de Formation des Intervenants Canins du Québec
Update - August: Smokey here …. again, and I can’t wait to get back to this thing they call “family living”. Gosh, it was so much fun. Unfortunately, my adoptive family made the sad decision to return me to Animatch. Understand, I have this trait called leash reactivity which means that I can get pretty defensive and excited if other dogs get too close when I am out on a walk (even though I don’t dislike other dogs). This time I really need someone who is willing to work on leash manners! One of the hardest things to remember with a dog like me is that a tight leash tells me you're stressed, making me even more defensive. As a result, we need to work together to overcome this so that walks can be pleasant and an activity that we can both look forward to. Always remember because I am reactive does not mean that I am an aggressive dog or that I don’t like other dogs. I’m just letting you know that I’m gonna need some space. I am such a smart, fun-loving, guy that I truly want to work hard at this; of course, a pocketful of treats is going to ensure my full attention. You are going to need a lot of patience, time, consistency and understanding. Then one day you can brag about me being the epitome of what you have always wanted in a dog. Except until that day, we need to work together. If you are a calm and experienced dog lover who never runs from a challenge, I’m ready to start whenever you are. Please fill in the Adoption Form and let’s get started.
“We just don’t have time for him anymore.” Animatch says this is one of the main reasons that dogs are given up. Of course, humans are always inclined to add, “Giving him up is in the dog’s best interests, right?” Anyhow, here is what Animatch would like to see. When a person adopts a puppy or dog, they should expect that there will be changes in their own life during the dog’s life span. With the exception of death or illness, your commitment to providing your dog with a home for his entire life is a given – after all, a family member should not lose his place in the family because you’ve hit a bump in the road (a new job, a new boyfriend, etc.)”
Now let me tell you a little about myself. My name is Smokey and I can’t wait to be get back to family living. I am ready to learn all the cool stuff that you will teach me. Fun things like crate training, walking on leash, basic commands (I hear that they are essential). You know all the important matters that good doggies need to know. If you can guide me, I can do anything. You are going to need a lot of patience, time, consistency and understanding. Then one day you can brag about me being the epitome of what you have always wanted in a dog. But until that day, we need to work together. Being an adolescent dog means that I will keep you busy – lots of walking, hiking, running. I need to live with a family who is home a good part of the day; exercise and socialization are so important for young dogs like me. I am pretty awesome, but you will never know unless you find out for yourself! So, fill in the Adoption Form and you might just be the lucky one who is chosen to come and meet me.
More Details About Smokey
- Status: Adopted
- Breed: Shepherd x Lab
- Size: Large (50 lbs.)
- Age: 1.5 years
- Gender: Male
- Grooming: Low
- Energy: High
- Children: 8 and over
- Cat friendly: No
- Dog friendly: Yes
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