Eli is really good at being a dog. He does all the dog stuff. He is truly excellent at playing fetch. He'll bring it right back to you and drop the ball right in your hand. You don't have to wrestle it out of his mouth or anything. He makes an excellent trail runner/jogging partner. He chases cats, just a little, but what full blooded dog doesn't? He loves to get pets, he loves to sniff things, he loves to wag his tail and looks adoringly at you. He barks at the mailmen and he loves to roll in the grass outside... You know, dog stuff.
Eli is good with meeting new people - he will jump up on them once or twice, then proceed to rub his butt against their knees. He likes to kiss his foster mom's face when she's laying on the couch and loves a good butt scratch. He also barks if you hug someone in front of him - he gets a little jealous and wants to be included in the love.
Eli loves toys, but his favorite is his ball that he will lovingly fetch and return for HOURS. He is also a talker when he plays and will make cute growly/whiny noises waiting for you to throw the ball or tug on the other end of his rope. Overall, he has medium energy and a few hours a day of play is enough for him. Mostly, Eli just wants to be loved and accepted. He follows his foster mom around and lays next to the shower and couch or at the entrance to the kitchen. But he is definitely a major talker. He will make noises at you as if he's trying to have a conversation. His foster mom often responds just to make him feel heard. He talks at you when he wants to play, when he's hungry, when he wants out, when he wants pets, etc. But he will quiet down if you tell him "hush".
Eli is also very well-trained. He is house and crate-trained and knows sit, shake, come and lay down. He walks well on a leash and rarely pulls. And he has done fine with the 2 year-old staffy mix in his foster home. In fact, Eli is so well-trained, he recently became TOP Dog Ready, which means he has already learned all the skills in his training plan. The Total Obedience Program (TOP) is modeled after the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test, and as a TOP Dog, Eli has a personalized training plan and works with a volunteer trainer several times a week to help him become the best dog he can be!
Dogs in the program learn skills like sitting calmly when approached by strangers, calmly walking past another dog, staying in a sit or down until told "free," coming when called and "place", which means Eli will go to a specific place in your home on command.
Eli has worked 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 him 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
Loving and playful, well-trained and goofy, Eli is going to make some lucky person very happy. If you're looking for a tiny dog you can put in your bag and take to brunch, keep looking. But if you're looking for the full dog experience, if you want to run and jump and sniff, then you can't do better then Eli. Come meet him!