Joshua is a dog that loves hard, a dedicated and loyal boy who lights up when he sees his friends, getting so excited that he bounces off the walls in his kennel. He has a huge smile and a tongue that can flop for days and long silky fur that he loves to have brushed and pet.
Joshua can be nervous around new people, but when he warms up to someone, he can barely contain his excitement when he knows he's about to spend time with them. He will sit on their feet and gaze lovingly into their eyes begging for affection, and he loves to be brushed and pet - while he may not want to be the life of the party, he definitely wants to be the center of your heart. Joshua would love to have a favorite person or two, and his ideal best friend is someone who wants to spend quality time with their pup... playing, helping him learn, providing belly rubs and, most of all, cuddling!
Joshua has a lot of energy to burn and is an absolute champ on agility course, cycling through the the obstacles until he wears out. He also enjoys going on runs and long walks and playing tug of war. He loves to learn to earn treats and will quickly cycle through his best skills just to impress you, so it should come as no surprise that he's thriving in APA!'s Total Obedience Program (TOP), which is modeled after the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. In fact, Joshua just became TOP Dog Ready, which means he has already learned all the skills in his training plan!
As a TOP Dog, Joshua has a personalized training plan and works with a volunteer trainer several times a week where he learned skills including walking nicely on leash, sitting calmly when approached by strangers, calmly walking past another dog, staying in a sit or down until told "free," coming when called and "place, which means Joshua will go to a specific place in your home on command.
Joshua has worked 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
Joshua is a dog with a lot of depth and a strong personality who would thrive in a calm home with space for him to explore and learn new things. If you want someone you can get to know, work, learn and grow together, Joshua is your man!
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