Benito is legitimately the most handsome supermodel dog in the world. His cheekbones are stunning, and when he looks at you with those giant saucer eyes, it's hard not to melt. His eyes are so pretty, we swear he must be sneaking on some eyeliner when nobody's looking. He also has one adorably expressive ear and one stoic one, and between the two of them, you can always tell what Benito's thinking.
We don't know anything about Benito's past, but he seems like he must have lived with someone at some point, as his behavior in the home is stellar. He's fully house and crate-trained, and never gets into any trouble. Benito learns commands quickly and clearly wants to please his person. He's a very intuitive pup and seems to understand what's expected of him and obliges. If you want him to stop doing something, all you have to do is tell him and he instantly stops. He's ready to play when you feel like playing and stops on a dime when it's time to chill, adorably laying his head in your lap.
What his friends are most taken with is how Benito absolutely soaks up love. He will let you love him, kiss him and hug him from now until the end of time. But he's also not pushy about getting attention, and when you need to go to work or do something else, he's cool with that too. But Benito loves nothing more than spending time with his person, and he will lay next to the tub when you shower, keep you company you while you clean or do yard work, and he'll sit in the kitchen as if he's learning to cook by watching you, never making a sound, just observing in case he has to take over these responsibilities some day. And when he does needs something or has a question, he gently paws at your knee to let you know. Then he looks deeply into your eyes when you speak, soaking every bit of information.
Benito has some energy to burn and loves to play fetch and tug of war. He's Instagram famous for his squeaky Pink Ball, or PB as his friends call it. It's a spiked, rubber ball that he carries around in his mouth like a baby egg. This ball is his favorite thing in life, and he can entertain himself with it for hours. Once Benito gets some playtime out of his system, he's relaxed and chill and happy to be a couch potato. He's the sweetest snuggler and likes to drape himself over your chest and snore softly. And when it's time for bed, he waits for the covers to lift up so he can burrow and sleep at your feet. As an added bonus, he won't wake you up in the morning and is happy to sleep in as long as you want to.
Benito is also super smart and already knows sit, shake, down, come and of course "go get pink ball!" He's highly trained and loves to focus and work, so it's no surprise that he's thriving in APA!'s Total Obedience Program.
The Total Obedience Program (TOP) is modeled after the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. As a TOP dog, Benito 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! Benito 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 Benito successfully completes all the skills on his training plan, he will be considered TOP Dog Ready! Benito 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 Benito 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
Benito would make a wonderful companion to a lower traffic household with a yard to help you with the gardening. If you want to come home to a dog that will make you feel like you're with family, come meet the amazing Benito!
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