|Current Weight:||51 pounds|
|Date of Birth:||2016-06-25|
|Age:||2 years, 5 months|
|Other Info:||TOP Dog Trainee|
|Dog Score:||2 - Could potentially live with a well matched dog friend. Come speak with us to find out more!|
|Cat Score:||U - No Information Yet|
|Child Score:||1 - Needs an adult only home.|
|Home Alone Score:||4 - Has been left home alone somewhat successfully|
Rizzo likes to stay close to his human, but also enjoys going exploring and playing with his toys. There's probably no activity Rizzo likes more than playing fetch. When he gets in a yard, he's all about chasing the ball, bringing it back, dropping it and waiting for the human to throw it again. If he could spend all day playing fetch, he would. He's also a big fan of splashing around in kiddie pools and spends a lot of time in playgroup with his doggie pals and may be able to go home with a well-matched doggie sibling.
Rizzo is incredibly smart and easy to train. He's very treat-motivated and takes treats gently, he makes great eye contact, already knows "sit" and is learning all kinds of new skills in APA!'s Total Obedience Program. The Total Obedience Program (TOP) is modeled after the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test, and as a TOP dog, Rizzo 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! Rizzo 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 he will go to a specific place in your home on command.
Once he successfully completes all the skills on his training plan, Rizzo will be considered TOP Dog Ready! Rizzo 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 Rizzo 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: https://vimeo.com/89434193
Once you get a look at that amazing face in person, we think you'll be sold. Toss Rizzo a ball and he will be too. Come meet this great pup!