Meet An Adoptable Dog
Breed: Poodle (Standard) / Australian Shepherd / Mixed (long coat)
Weight: 75 lbs
Height: 24 in
Estimated Birthdate: 4/14/2017
Fence Needed: Yes
Location: Dreamweaver Farms, Pacolet SC
Reason for being in rescue: Lovingly surrendered by owners
Special Needs: Biscoti is neutered, up to date on vaccines and heartworm negative. Biscoti arrived in rescue on 2 daily meds - Sertraline 25mg, an anti-depressive, and clonidine 0.3mg, an anti-anxiety medicine. However, since Friday 7/2 we have weaned him off these medications and are replacing them with exercise and play both with humans and other dogs. So far, so good.
What kind of home would be best for me: Biscotti wants a new life, one that will show him the good side of training. This active boy is looking for an active family that is looking for an active dog. He would do best in a home that is adult centered. If there are children, they need to be young adults over 16 years old. He needs owners that have an active lifestyle where they want to include their dog. Biscotti absolutely needs a fenced yard…he started his life with a yard to roam and wants that back so he can stretch his long legs. Biscoti is indifferent to cats.
What is my personality like: Biscotti was lovingly surrendered by his owner when life changes no longer allowed time for the exercise he needs. Over the past year, Biscotti’s life has been turned completely upside down. He had a Mom and Dad and another Aussiedoodle brother that was his best buddy. Unfortunately, Mom and Dad decide to go their separate ways each taking one of the dogs with them. Biscotti went from living in a big house with a yard to run with his best friend to a small apartment where the only exercise this active boy got was walks and occasional trips to the dog park. Biscotti is an Aussiedoodle. The Aussie Shepherd part of him needs a job to do. Both lines of his breed need an active lifestyle.
Biscotti was very attached to his previous owner and this latest disruption in his life has taken a toll on his trust of humans. The disruptions in his life and lack of exercise caused some behavior issues and Biscotti’s owner sent him to doggy boot camp…not once, but twice. The boot camp was one where they use a variety of training techniques, including negative. Small wonder that he is a little uncertain who he can trust, but he is a very smart dog. He is quickly learning at the farm that people can mean good things. He needs a new home where people are willing to give him time and space to trust again. He is showing some reactivity to being touched around his neck and is a bit head shy from the shock collar. This will change as those negative tools are no longer a part of his life. He was very happy when the caregiver doing his intake removed those things and threw them away.
Biscotti is relearning to be around other dogs and would do well with another big dog as a playmate who can show him that humans are trustworthy. He does try dominance games with the other dogs but backs down when challenged. Biscotti is smart and knows many commands: Sit, down, spin, roll-over, drop it and hi-five. He may know even more we are just getting to know him.
Biscoti loves fetch. It keeps his attention FOREVER. A simple game of fetch is all it take to get him to exercise. He literally plays until he’s too tired. Biscoti looks to people for guidance and reassurance. Loud noises scare him, but he immediately runs to his person.
Biscoti can be reactive in his crate. We suspect crates have been used as far too much "time out" away from those he loved. Rather than address his needs for exercise and attention, he was confined to the crate. He will bark and growl in his crate. If you open the door and invite him out, he will come right out. Biscoti would do best in a home where someone is home during the day and crating is very minimal (if at all).
How do I act when I first meet new people: Friendly
Tips and Tidbits: Biscoti's birthday is 4/14/2017
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.
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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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