Alex (ADOPTED) is about 10 months old and weighs about 37 lbs. He is full of love and life, bringing smiles to all who meet him. When we rescued him and he finally arrived, he was so happy and grateful to be out of the shelter and the long car ride, that he wagged and did play bows in all directions to the asphalt parking lot!
Alex is a wonderful addition to his new home, as he is super friendly. happy and playful, with people, other dogs, cats, and loves children. He is big on cuddling, and would probably love to to snuggle in bed or on the couch with his people. He does not, however, try to jump on the furniture at all.
He is very eager to please - so much that he doesn't need any food/treat reward during training. He is very happy to do whatever you want for enthusiasic words of approval and loving encouragement. This boy is extremely smart and is learning very quickly. He responds well to "No," "Leave it" and other corrections, without becoming submissive or timid. He knows 'sit' and is familiar with being sent to "bed." He will go to 'bed' and lay down quietly - as long as he has some daily exercise and play time to burn off some of his youthful energy. As a young dog, just out of puppyhood, he is very playful and will need regular exercise, play time, and structure/guidance each day.
Alex is friendly, but not overly pushy when meeting new dogs. In passing on the street he is either neutral or approaches with his tail wagging in a friendly and confident way. He is respectful and cautious of cats. He has shown no signs of aggression or the "pursuit drive" even when the cats are playing/running or after the cats have given him a "correction." He is not really into toys and is actually a bit afraid of balls. He does like rope toys and LOVES to play tug-of-war with the dog in his foster home.
Alex is learning to walking on leash. He does not pull on leash and listens well when out for a walk. He is house broken and does well in the crate. Our observations of riding in a car are limited, but he rode very quietly, uncrated, in the back seat of a car, with another dog, when he arrived from the shelter. His foster mom says that when in her car, in a crate, he just laid quietly. No anxiety or excitement.
He is also really good about having his feet, nails, ears, mouth, tail, etc. touched or manipulated. The only time he has shown a bit of hesitation is when people handle him around his tail base. He shows no signs of any food aggression with other dogs or cats.
Alex does have one odd issue - he will only eat outdoors. When offered a food bowl indoors he becomes very scared. Outdoors it's no problem. His foster mom is working to get Alex over this fetish, and she is confident that he will come around to eventually eat indoors, too.
In short, Alex is a happy, friendly, playful, yet mindful, grateful and eager to please, young dog, who is loving life.