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, 4 months
Other Info: TOP Dog Trainee
Location: TLAC
Building 1
Kennel 119
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 prefers to spend time with his people and enjoys getting lots of mental stimulation. He does great with puzzle toys like rubber Kongs and Kong wobblers - anything to keep his brain occupied.

This smart pup is also 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, 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 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 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 maybe a well-matched doggie sibling. In return he will give you all his love and loyalty. Come meet this sweet pup!