Animal ID: APA-A-52622
Adoption Fee: $25.00
Sex: M
Looks Like: Mixed Breed (Medium)
Current Weight: 45 pounds
Date of Birth: 2014-08-06
Age: 4 years, 6 months
Other Info: TOP Dog Trainee
Location: TLAC
Building 1
Kennel 102
Dog Score: 3 - Has had mixed notes about interacting with dogs in the shelter or at home. A candidate to live with other dogs.
Cat Score: U - No Information Yet
Child Score: 2 - Could potentially live with older children.
Home Alone Score: 2 - I’m working on it!

Check out Desmond's Videos!

If Desmond had his way, he'd have a home where he could maximize his snuggle time during the day and then join in for an afternoon walk or jog. This sweet cuddlebug would make a great running or hiking companion for someone with an active lifestyle.

Desmond has been doing really well in his foster home and gets along great with the little dogs he lives with. He's house-trained, isn't jumpy and doesn't counter-surf.

Desmond prefers to spend as much time with his people as possible, and he also enjoys getting lots of mental stimulation. He does great with puzzle toys, Kongs and Kong wobblers - anything to keep that big brain occupied. This smart pup is also thriving in APA!'s Total Obedience Program, which is modeled after the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test.

As a TOP dog, Desmond 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! Desmond is learning skills like walking nicely on leash, sitting calmly when approached by strangers or other dogs, staying in a sit or down until told "free," coming when called and "place", which means Desmond will go to a special place in your home on command.

Once Desmond successfully completes all the skills on his training plan, he will be considered TOP Dog Ready! Desmond 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 Desmond 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:

Desmond doesn't ask for much - just a family that will give him a lot of attention and possibly one with older teenagers and a well-matched doggie sibling. In return he will give you all his love and loyalty. Come meet this great pup!