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Blue Steel

APA-A-56775

Looks Like
Retriever, Labrador / Boxer

Sex
Male

Current Weight
59 lbs

Estimated Age
3 Years
4 Months

Location
Foster

Adoption Fee
$25
Looks Like
Retriever, Labrador / Boxer
Sex
Male
Current Weight
59 lbs
Estimated Age
3 Years
4 Months
Location
Foster
Adoption Fee
$25

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Blue Steel might be ridiculously good looking, but his skills are off the charts! He lucked out and won over the hearts of two of our trainers when he arrived at APA!, and he's had a blast polishing all of his obedience skills. From basic commands to crate and potty training, to perfect leash skills on the trail and even some impressive advanced obedience, this sweetheart is more than ready for life in a home! He is a wonderful house guest - happy to entertain himself with his toys, or just snuggle up with you on the couch. He loves going for walks and hikes, and is a very polite passenger in the car, but snuggling with you is one of his favorite activities!

Blue Steel is very affectionate and he knows how to make his friends feel special - as soon as he sees his friends, his eyes light up, and you see his tail start wagging so fast, it makes his entire body move! When he gets excited and just can't contain himself, you'll see him turn into a little bouncing kangaroo! He absolutely loves meeting new people and wins everyone over with his big brown eyes and goofy personality.

This handsome pup is in APA!'s Total Obedience Program (TOP). Blue Steel has a personalized training plan and works with a volunteer trainer several times a week to help him learn 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 Blue will go to a specific place in your home on command. After adoption, you can work with APA! staff to continue to build a training relationship with him 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

This impressively smart and ridiculously good looking pup is ready to enjoy life in a home and can't wait to shower his new family with love. But don't take our word for it - come meet Blue Steel and we bet you'll fall for this sweetheart right away!

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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!.

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