St. Patrick is a cartoon dog. He bounces with glee when he sees his friends, and he wiggles and prances his little self all around to greet them. He loves his friends and trusts them completely, even to the point of letting them dress him in adorable pajamas and pick him up for cuddles. There is no other dog that can make a person feel as special as St. Patrick does.
St Patrick loves to play, zooming up and down the yard chasing tennis balls and bringing them right back to you to chase some more. He isn't great at catching balls, but he is great at making hilarious attempts to catch them. He'll let you know he's tired by flopping down and chewing away contentedly on a ball. Don't be fooled though, he will definitely still chase a few more. In the summers he will happily splash away in a pool, root around in the sandbox, or preferably both! He's also a champion tugger who loves to play with rope toys.
He's in training with the TOP dog program where he has proven to be a goofy little booger who gets so excited to get to his "place" mat that sometimes he tips over and ends up with his legs in the air. He has also patented his side-sit, which comes in a combo pack with his big goofy grin and loving gaze. He is a bit of an overachiever, and taught himself "crawl" just to make his trainer laugh. He is very proud of his skills, and lives for the praise (and snacks) he earns for being such a good boy.
As a TOP dog, St. Patrick has a personalized training plan and works with a volunteer trainer several times a week to help him learn 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 his favorite, "place", which means St. Patrick will go to a specific place in your home on command. 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
In the home, Paddy is an excellent houseguest, who is potty trained and loves naps! He chooses to avoid furniture and the kitchen out of respect for human spaces. He's more than content to sleep all night in his crate or on his bed. He bonds deeply to his person and the love affair is a beautiful thing to behold. Come meet the next love of your life!