Meet An Adoptable Dog
Breed: Jack Russell Terrier / Shih Tzu / Mixed (medium coat)
Weight: 23 lbs
Height: 13 in at the shoulder est
Estimated Birthdate: 10/7/2019
Fence Needed: No, but he loves to run in the fenced yard at his foster home.
Location: Foster Home in Taylors, SC
Reason for being in rescue: Doc Bailey was originally picked up as a stray in early October. He was rehomed by the shelter but he growled at the dog in the home so they brought him back and we spoke for him. He is now in foster with another size appropriate buddy and is doing well. He plays hard and sometimes does growl at the other dog but a quick ‘shhh’ or ‘no’ and he stops. It seems to be more a part of the play than anything aggressive.
Special Needs: Our groomer described Doc Bailey as a crock pot personality - he's slow to warm up but once he does he is awesome!
What kind of home would be best for me: Doc is a young dog with a complicated past. He needs an experienced owner and will not be adopted to first time dog owners. Doc is active and needs plenty of exercise on a daily basis but is also a cuddle bug and needs to be around his people. He lives well with another dog but is also happy when he is on his own. We do not recommend Doc for homes with children under 10. He lives with a cat who he pretty much ignores other than barking once in a while. He needs an owner who is committed to continuing his education as he is smart as a whip but has a stubborn streak and is easily distracted by people, animals, the wind, a blade of grass, or anything else that catches his fancy. He is also highly food/treat motivated which makes training pretty easy.
What is my personality like: Happy and gregarious, “Doc” Bailey Davis (named after his transporter and sponsor) is one of those terrier types with a prickly pear outside that hides a heart as big as he is. He is special and sweet inside and when he looks at you longingly with those big brown eyes it will melt your heart. He is possessive of his house and people and, in the house, is still learning that others are allowed in. He is not aggressive other than barking inappropriately, which is being worked on.
Doc is big for a little dog as he is very solid. He’s built like a tiny tank. He loves being with the other puppy in foster but is also happy when he is alone with his people. He likes to hang at your feet, play with toys, got for long walks or hikes, and then hang out around the house or, better yet, sleep in your lap. He is clean in his crate and knows ‘kennel’ (when he is not distracted…here again the food is a great motivator). Doc DOES shed. He is not hypoallergenic.
His foster mom said that he is the smartest dog she has ever worked with. When not distracted, he picks up new commands in a matter of a few tries. There is a lot of dog here to work with and he could possibly do almost anything with the continued support of a patient trainer.
In his foster home, he knows how to use the dog door and asks to go out. That, however, can be misleading, as he loves the yard and often just wants to go out and run around. His foster mom usually watches him just to be sure he really did go. On his current schedule he does not have accidents in the house. But a dog house trained in a foster home may not be in yours. We will help you teach your new dog this necessary skill based on your schedule.
How do I act when I first meet new people: Doc tends to bark at new people and new situations. He is not aggressive, just noisy, but the noise can put some people off. He warms up quickly but sometimes needs a refresh when he meets the person a second time. It just takes a few meetings though and he is great with the person. He is learning how to let people approach him on a leash as well as learning proper etiquette for meeting other dogs while on leash.
Tips and Tidbits:Because Doc was found as a stray, his birthday is a guess on our part. We've guessed him at about a year, making his birthday about 10/07/19.
House trained: 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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