Animal ID: APA-A-37564
Adoption Fee: $25.00
Sex: M
Looks Like: Catahoula Leopard Dog
Current Weight: 55 pounds
Date of Birth: 2014-12-01
Age: 4 years, 2 months
Other Info: TOP Dog Trainee
Location: TLAC
Building 2
Kennel 201
Dog Score: 2 - Could potentially live with a well matched dog friend. Come speak with us to find out more!
Cat Score: 2 - There’s potential. Let’s talk about how to slowly integrate dogs and cats!
Child Score: 1 - Needs an adult only home.
Home Alone Score: 3 - Has mixed notes about being left home alone

Rocco's the complete package - a goofy, beautiful, intelligent dog and an absolute sweetheart. Rocco loves his people and always wants to be near them and making them proud.

Rocco's favorite game is "fetch", and while bringing the ball back is not Rocco's strong suit, he'll happily chase it nonstop. He makes up for not returning it by being adorable in the way he pounces on it before it gets away!

This smart cookie would thrive in a home where he'll get a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. In fact, Rocco is so smart that we've put him in APA!'s Total Obedience Program. The Total Obedience Program (TOP) is modeled after the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. As a TOP dog, Rocco has a personalized training plan and works with a volunteer trainer several times a week to help him learn the skills to become the best dog he can be! Rocco is learning skills like sit and down, walking nicely on leash, sitting calmly when approached by strangers or other dogs, staying in a sit or down until told "free," and coming when called.

Once Rocco successfully completes all the skills on his training plan, he will be considered TOP Dog Ready! Rocco is working hard to become a wonderful companion, and as a part of APA's Total Obedience Program you can work with APA staff to continue to build a training relationship with Rocco after adoption and master all the TOP dog skills together. Check out a video on APA's CGC program, on which the TOP was based:

One look at Rocco's gorgeous eyes, and goofy smile, and you'll fall in love. Come meet him and see for yourself!