Beryl is a golden boy with a golden smile! If you're looking for a medium energy best friend who will greet you with full-body wags and kisses, Beryl is your boy! He LOVES his people and is always flopping over in the hopes of getting belly rubs from them.
Beryl's one of those pups with personality and quirks to spare. He really likes tennis balls, but lacrosse balls work better in terms of getting them back from him. As much as he enjoys toys, he seems to have the most fun doing obedience stuff for treats, getting pets or just zooming around. He learns new tricks very quickly and even learned to stick his head through the armhole of a chair and remove it on command. Now he's added it to the repertoire of tricks he performs rapid fire in an attempt to get treats from you. He also really wants to give you his paw like he's teaching you "shake". Beryl expects your undivided attention, and if somebody approaches the yard and talks to you while you're with him, he barks at you until you resume giving him attention. He also as an adorable way he greeting you, howling with joy when you get home. He barks at rigid plastic objects for some reason, but we just chalk it up to being part of his charm.
Before coming to the shelter, Beryl lived in a home for several years, where he learned to be potty trained and respectful of his surroundings. He's the perfect match for anyone who's looking for a dog that can easily assimilate into the home. Beryl can be shy with new people, but once he's made their acquaintance, they're his bestie for life. He galumphs around whenever his friends first enter his kennel, wiggling and smiling, then rolls over for those beloved belly rubs.
When he's not cuddling with his volunteer friends, Beryl's busy working on all his TOP (Total Obedience Program) skills. As a TOP dog, Beryl 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! He's eager to please, and it shows when he's working with his trainer on a number of skills including walking nicely on leash, sitting calmly when approached by strangers or other dogs, staying in a sit or down until told "free," and coming when called. Watch his video and you'll see that he goes to his "place" on command and will wait patiently until he hears the word "free".
And as a part of APA's Total Obedience Program you can work with APA staff to continue to build a training relationship with Beryl 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
Beryl is a dog who is chockfull of personality, but perhaps his biggest selling point is his steadfast devotion to the people he loves. He'd do wonderfully in a low traffic home with someone who will keep on his skills, and he'd love a yard to romp in. Are you ready for a new best friend who will reward you each and every day with unconditional love? Stop by and meet this Beryl of love!