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Desmond

APA-A-52622

Looks Like
Mixed Breed (Medium) / Mix

Sex
Male

Current Weight
45 lbs

Estimated Age
4 Years
8 Months

Location
TLAC
Building 2

Adoption Fee
$25
Looks Like
Mixed Breed (Medium) / Mix
Sex
Male
Current Weight
45 lbs
Estimated Age
4 Years
8 Months
Location
TLAC
Building 2
Adoption Fee
$25
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If Desmond had his way, he'd have a home where he could maximize his snuggle time during the day and then join in for an afternoon walk or jog. This sweet cuddlebug would make a great running or hiking companion for someone with an active lifestyle.

Desmond has been doing really well in his foster home and gets along great with the little dogs he lives with. He's house-trained, isn't jumpy and doesn't counter-surf.

Desmond prefers to spend as much time with his people as possible, and he also enjoys getting lots of mental stimulation. He does great with puzzle toys, Kongs and Kong wobblers - anything to keep that big brain occupied. This smart pup is also thriving in APA!'s Total Obedience Program, which is modeled after the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test.

As a TOP dog, Desmond 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! Desmond 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 Desmond will go to a special place in your home on command.

Once Desmond successfully completes all the skills on his training plan, he will be considered TOP Dog Ready! Desmond 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 Desmond 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

Desmond doesn't ask for much - just a family that will give him a lot of attention and possibly one with older teenagers and a well-matched doggie sibling. In return he will give you all his love and loyalty. Come meet this great pup!
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Requirements

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Please plan on allowing adequate time to be matched with a dog, have relevant consultations, and complete all necessary paperwork. This can take 1-2 hours in total.

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Fill out our adoption application and meet with an adoption counselor.

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You must be at least 18 years of age.

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You must show a picture ID with a current address. If this isn't available, we will accept a picture ID with a current utility bill.

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An APA!-conducted meet-and-greet with current household dogs is recommended for most and required for some adult dogs.

Our adoption fee varies per dog depending on age, breed, and/or medical condition(s). This fee includes:

Spay or neuter surgery (Please note that an additional $100 refundable deposit is required for all dogs who are not yet spayed or neutered.)

Heartworm test on dogs 6 months and older

Current vaccinations

Deworming treatment

Microchip

Lifetime behavior support

Accepted forms of payment include cash, debit or credit card, or money order payable to Austin Pets Alive!. Personal checks will only be accepted for surgery deposit.

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