Maverick was surrendered back in October and the shelter stress has gotten to him. He has now started to get barrier reactive with dogs passing by, although he's been okay with dogs outside of his kennel. He is really friendly and playful with people, and likes kids! Can you take him in?
Here is what a shelter employee from his shelter has to say! "I have been fostering Maverick for the past four weeks. His progress has been amazing, especially considering he has spent 10 months of his estimated 2 years of life in the shelter. He is sweet, affectionate, silly, goofy, and naive. He truly seeks direction and approval from his humans and has therefore been easier to work with on basic training. He is also very treat driven (and takes them very gently). His naivete and curiosity about life and his surroundings is refreshing! He is an active and energetic adolescent. He loves to run and play outside, often resembling a cat with his zoomies and how he uses his front paws to play with toys. He definitely has an active imagination. He has been calm and cautious indoors, exploring every nook and cranny in my house and then content to lie on the floor or next to me on the couch. He has been sleeping in a large kennel at night in a room by himself with no accidents. He is the last of my dogs to get up and is usually patiently waiting to go out. In the mornings after breakfast, playtime, and a walk, he has been in a 10' x 10' shaded kennel. He barks and squeaks at my dogs or me when we are within sight. He will quiet down with direction. He has been spending afternoons inside in his room alone and not restricted to the kennel and he has done fine. He is working on basic obedience (place, sit, down, stay, walk with me, etc.) and doing pretty well. He has surprised me from day one with how easy he is to walk on a loose leash. He sits most consistently when using training placemats but is getting better all around. He is such a busy body wiggle worm that he has more difficulty concentrating when he is distracted (surprise, surprise). I think working on his confidence in himself and his surroundings will help a lot. At the shelter he had become very fence aggressive. Here he shows playful behavior through the fence with my dogs but does have some barrier reactivity through the fence with my other foster from the shelter. I think he will need careful introductions with other dogs until he gains some experience and confidence. Regarding other animals, he hasn't been around cats, but his kennel is next to my chicken pen and he is fascinated watching them but doesn't show any prey drive. He has been interested in chasing deer though. He barks playfully at my cows through the fence. He is a sweet smart boy. He just needs time, experience, and guidance and I'm confident he will make a great addition to a family."
Can you take him in or this employee can help another dog?
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