If looking handsome was a skill, Leonidas would be at the top of his class. He's definitely the strong but silent type, but he's also serious about his fetch game and loves to dip his toes in the kiddie pool after each round.
Affectionate but not clingy about it, Leonidas isn't shy about letting you know when he wants some attention. He'll come over and put his front legs on your lap and get his face close to ask for kisses and pets. And he loves when you sweet talk him. When he wants to play, he totally sheds his strong but silent persona and prances like a little pony. He has a medium to low energy level, and a decent game of fetch seems to tucker him out nicely, then a nice dip in the kiddie pool to cool off and he's good to go. Inside, he likes to sit at the window and watch what's going on out there.
Leonidas' manners in the home are impeccable - he's fully house-trained and can be left home alone uncrated without getting into any trouble. He doesn't beg for food, and he doesn't jump on the furniture unless invited. He's lived with children aged 6-12 and did very well with them. He also lived with a large female dog and could go home with a well-matched doggie sibling.
In addition to his excellent house manners, Leonidas is in APA!'s Total Obedience Program (TOP), which is modeled after the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. As a TOP dog, Leonidas 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! Leonidas 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," coming when called and "place," which means he will go to a specific place in your home on command.
Once Leonidas successfully completes all the skills on his training plan, he will be considered TOP Dog Ready! Leonidas 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 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
Affectionate, smart, and overall a pretty chill guy, Leonidas would make a wonderful addition to any number of loving homes. Come meet him!
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