Rufus is like that goofy friend of yours who is always cracking you up and whose zest for life is contagious!
Rufus is happy doing just about anything, whether that's zooming around the yard, chasing tennis balls, or lounging in mud puddles like the cutest little hippo you've ever seen. Once he gets a few zoomies out of the way, he's ready to lounge around and watch a Netflix marathon. But no matter what he's doing, he's doing it with a huge grin and that big tongue hanging out. That amazing smile and wiggly butt are just about impossible to resist!
Rufus comes with some adorable quirks, including laying with his feet sticking straight out behind him from under his chubby rear end, and he often has very exciting dreams and makes adorable little barking and howling noises while he sleeps. He's very laid back and affectionate and loves to lay close by his people and gently remind them that they should be scratching his belly. He also enjoys his alone time and will lounge on his bed or look out the window quietly while his people do things around the house. But he's so happy to see his people every time they come home, and he can't help doing a couple zoomies to celebrate before rolling over for belly rubs. He just loves attention, and he's especially fond of men.
Rufus walks great on leash and will happily hang out in his crate, but most of the time he doesn't need it - he stays home alone loose in the apartment while his foster parents are at work. He doesn't get on the furniture and has learned to stay out of certain areas of the house, like the kitchen. He's also thriving in APA!'s Total Obedience Program (TOP), which is modeled after the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. As a TOP dog, Rufus has a personalized training plan and works with a volunteer trainer several times a week to help him learn skills like 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.
Rufus 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
APA!'s favorite little hippo lives big and loves big. We can't wait for him to get into a home where his big love is reciprocated and where he gets all the snuggling he can handle. Come meet this goofy charmer today!