"I am a cat in a dog's body, so please treat me like you would a cat. Except I'm better than a cat, because I'm a dog."
Albus is still figuring out how this beloved family dog thing works. He's aloof when meeting new people, but the more you spend time with him, the more he'll start nudging your hand and leaning into you for pets. When he's really comfortable, he'll plow his head right into your hands and loves getting massages. He's also very in tune with his person's feelings and will put his head on your knee and looking lovingly into your eyes. And when he smiles, Albus' face shines as bright as the sun. Once you've earned his trust, this sweet guy will do anything for you. He's very treat-motivated and loves cheese, so that can help speed things along.
On sleepovers with volunteers, Albus has proven to be an excellent houseguest and never got up on the furniture, even when invited. He has a nice low to medium energy level and walks really well on leash and gives amazing eye contact. He also enjoys going to playgroup with his canine friends at the shelter and could go home with a well-matched doggie sibling.
Although Albus is a lower energy fella, he still enjoys running the agility yard at the shelter. He's also making great strides in APA!'s Total Obedience Program, which is modeled after the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. As a TOP dog, Albus 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! Albus is learning skills like 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 Albus successfully completes all the skills on his training plan, he will be considered TOP Dog Ready! 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
This sweet old soul would love a quieter home where he can slip into a nice routine. In return, he'll be the most loving and loyal companion you could hope for. Come meet him!