Meet An Adoptable Dog
Breed: Poodle (Miniature) / Yorkshire Terrier Yorkie / Mixed (long coat)
Weight: 14 lb (so he does not have a waistline and needs exercise!)
Height: 10 in
Estimated Birthdate: 8/16/2014
Fence Needed: No
Location: Dreamweaver Farms, Pacolet SC
Reason for being in rescue: In 2016 Bentley was sent to a NC shelter as being nippy and not good with kids, he was adopted to a senior citizen couple but returned 1/20 for nipping at owner and health problems we have not seen
Special Needs: Bentley reportedly was having bouts with diarrhea and vomiting. Since his return to us in January, we've seen nothing of that. HE WILL NOT BE PLACED IN A HOME WITH CHILDREN UNDER 16 YEARS OLD and we prefer either a single woman or man or a dog experienced couple with some discipline and boundaries
What kind of home would be best for me? Bentley - surely we can get this right this time. Bentley is now a 2 time loser in the home department. The 3rd time will be the charm. We don't know what happened time #1 except that it involved a young girl. We do know in home #2 with senior citizens, Bentley did well at first but gradually started showing a side they could not deal with. Bentley is now looking for a home with one person, a person who will understand his quirks and give him the gentle, firm guidance that dogs need. Bentley absolutely thrives on attention, loves to ride in the car, walks great on a leash and is a great pet 99% of the time. He needs someone who understands and will work around resource guarding when he gets an object that he is not supposed to have (like a kleenex). Bentley would thrive with someone who will follow the Nothing in Life is Free training process - http://pawsnmotiondogtraining.com/nilif-can-work/
In Bentley's current environment (he is living with our director) we implement many of these items as a matter of routine. Food is controlled - you eat when and where you are told and you get 15 minutes. Treats are controlled and everybody is working hard to get that treat. They are definitely not free. Bentley is NOT allowed on the bed. In fact, he sleeps downstairs and away from his caregivers. He has not earned the right to be on the bed or even in the bedroom yet. And he gets exercised regularly. Lots of fun romps and runs with his roommates. He's thriving. There has not been one single outburst or poor behavior in his 30 days back with us. This is what he needs. He does not need toys or constant treats or a bowl full of food and boredom. He needs your love and your direction, your time and attention, exercise and fresh air and he needs taught. This is a lot of dog in a very small body.
What is my personality like: Outgoing, intelligent, inquisitive, alive and ready to take on the world. Bentley can be the best dog ever. He needs your help to be that way all the time.
Please note, Bentley's second home was told he was a Havanese by their vet. I don't know the breed well enough to know but wanted to put that into his profile.
How do I act when I first meet new people: Bentley loves new people. He will prance up, shaking his tail and ready to meet and greet everyone. His little eyes just gleam with excitement at a new friend.
BENTLEY HAS A BITE HISTORY - Bentley has bit and bit hard enough to draw blood with his second home. He also nipped in his first home. He has not nipped at all in either time with the poodle farm, with experienced and consistently routine oriented caregiving. He is the little boy that needs military school. When controlled, exercised and given tasks to occupy him, he's great. He's not just a little lap dog.
Tips and Tidbits: Est birthdate 8/16/2014. Bentley gets along well with other dogs his size although he does not "play" with other dogs. It was reported he attacks big dogs (and once even tried to take on a bear which is not a good idea) but in his foster home, he's doing fine with the very pack oriented large dogs he now lives with. They know little dogs and are ignoring him. He would not do well living with big dogs but I see no reason, with an owner he trusts and respects, why he can't go on walks and attend obedience classes and behave just fine.
Bentley would THRIVE with someone who will take him through all kinds of training classes. Part of his problem is he is too smart. He gets bored easily and a bored dog will find something to do. It won't be something you like. Give him just a little direction and watch him expand all the possibilities and learn even more.
House trained: Bentley's previous owners said they had no problems in this area at all. I've seen the occasional marking but he correctly easily and runs outside where you are supposed to do these things. Dogs can be house trained if they are in the right environment and are allowed to follow a schedule as long as a physical reason doesn't keep them from being trained. A dog house trained in my home may not be in yours. We will help you teach your new dog this necessary skill and based on your schedule.
Please note - we do not ship or transport our dogs. If you are interested in adopting a dog, take a look at the distance between the dog's location and your location and make sure you are able to make the trip.
Thank you for your interest in a dog who needs a new home. This description contains all that we currently know about this dog. We have no perfect dogs - but many of our dogs have proven to be perfect for a certain someone. We urge all of our potential adopters not to fall in love with a picture. When screening applications, we look at the entire home and then make suggestions based on what would be a good fit for your home. You are not being screened for a specific dog although we are looking to see what type of dog interests you - poodles or non poodles, age, temperament, personality, etc. Our goal is to match you with the best possible pet for you and your home. We want to create furever families.
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