Sweet Frank is a Michael Phelps wannabe! He adores swimming and is fearless in the water. Next to swimming, Frank's favorite thing is going for walks and doing lots of sniffing and exploring with his volunteer friends at the shelter.
Frank takes a while to warm up to new people, but once he's comfortable, that sweet and goofy personality comes out and he becomes very playful and just loads of fun to be around. He likes being close to his people (preferably in their laps), and he will rub his head affectionately on them (kinda like a cat!), and he also gives kisses. And when he gets really excited, he likes to do zoomies! Frank also has the BEST eyes. They're golden and go wonderfully with his dramatic facial expressions and adorable head tilts.
Frank is also a very smart pup, and that big brain definitely thrives on physical mental stimulation. He picked up on this basic obedience skills quickly and has been a wonderful houseguest on sleepovers with volunteers: no begging for food, no getting on furniture and no accidents. And he's learning all kinds of new things in APA!'s Total Obedience Program (TOP), which is modeled after the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test.
As a TOP dog, Frank 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! Frank is learning 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 "place", which means he will go to a specific place in your home on command.
Once Frank successfully completes all the skills on his training plan, he will be considered TOP Dog Ready! Frank 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
Fluffy, handsome, active, smart, silly and unique, Frank will make a wonderful companion to some very lucky person. Come on down and check out this handsome ball of fluff!
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