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Seven

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Please contact Lori for more information on Seven7 Year Old Male (Caledonia, WI)

 

March 24

Our buddy Seven hasn’t had much interest so we wanted to be sure and let you know some facts about him.

Seven Things About Seven:
Seven Loves balls and toys and is self entertaining.
Seven is very loyal and loving.
Seven is housebroken and has never lifted his leg in the house.
Seven is trained and knows sit, down, kennel, back up, come and shake.
Seven is calm and mellow in the house.
Seven can run fast.
Seven is very healthy!

Things Seven loves: wrestling with his foster brothers, his balls and toys, food, cuddling with his teenaged caretakers, and chewing on nylon bones, belly rubs.

Things Seven is not fond of(but he has learned to tolerate) : Getting his feet wiped, someone other than him getting the ball, actually giving up the ball (still working on this one), new people (if they throw balls or have good treats he’s a fan).

Seven is “talker” who will growl when he interacts with you sometimes. It took us awhile to break the code and to understand when he was being crabby (foot wiping) and when he was just talking (belly rubs). He is a dog that requires a strong leader who understands dog behaviors. He also needs someone in charge who will give him clear boundaries and will firmly tell him to knock it off if he is grumbly about something he doesn’t like. He is very cuddly and sweet with my teenage daughters who enjoy playing and interacting with him. He is looking for a family to call his own that will love him for his great qualities and will give him the continued training and boundaries he craves.

February 24

Seven has settled into his foster home and is currently living with 5 other dogs and 6 cats. He has shown no interest in the cats at all and they don’t seem to mind him. His previous home reported that he would chase cats that would run but we have not seen that. He seems to enjoy playing with the young male dogs in the house. He has a couple of “run ins” with the crabby female dogs over toys and food but a sharp voice correction caused him to immediately stop his behavior (snarling). He does have tendency to think he can protect balls and food but that has only been an issue with our dogs that also think that they can do the same. He has been okay with me taking things away.

Seven has definite favorites in our home and has chosen my 15 year old daughter as his person. He is animated with her and enjoys snuggling with her. He is less affectionate with other members of the family but will solicit petting occasionally from the rest of us.

He is a grumbler and will growl (or a couple of times even air snap) when he doesn’t like something. A “knock it off” seems to remind him of his manners and he allows whatever is happening. For example when he first arrived he was not used to be put in a kennel and air snapped at my husband when he put him in the kennel. Now he actually waits to go in and is happy to get to go in to get his special peanut butter Kongs. He is quiet all night long in his crate. His previous owners say he was fine loose in the house at night and when they were gone and I believe that is very likely the case but we are kenneling him so we know he is okay with it and to give our cats a break from dogs.

Seven loves to play with toys and probably because he grew up as an only dog, enjoys playing by himself as well as with a person. I watched him play keep away with my younger dog and Seven’s favorite ball for a long time the other day and he seemed to be having a great time.

Seven rides great in the car and has been on several rides. He can hop into the back of my truck and settles in for the ride in his crate.

He is completely housebroken and has never had a accident in our home.

Seven would be a great companion for a couple or a family with older children. I believe he needs a home with a family who will require him to behave and who will not be afraid to correct him when he is growly or thinks he can avoid something he would prefer not to do. He knows multiple commands and seems quick to learn so he could be a fun dog to teach some tricks to.

February 12

Seven was transferred to his permanent foster home near Racine, WI on the 9th (the day after he was transported from his home). With the bigger house and yard, he really opened-up and gained more confidence! He was introduced to cats and dogs right from the get-go, and he was fabulous with them! If he was lunged at, Seven would stand up for himself, but he never showed any aggression. An he surprisingly ignored the cats for the most part! His previous owner reported a nipping behavior, but we’re noticing that with a strong leader who’s not afraid to give a vocal correction, he does not resort to that behavior. He probably should not be around very young kids just to be safe, though.

This adorable goof is fitting in well so far. We used a long line tonight since he was tough to catch when we ran him when he was first delivered to his permanent foster home. Of course he has come in just fine without us having to use the line. My husband “helped” him into the crate to eat earlier, and he was fine with it. No cat issues or dog to dog issues at this point. He rides great in the car and was fine with everyone he met at the vet clinic today. As I type this, my dog, Irene, is snarling and showing him all her teeth. He lifted his lip too but a guttural warning from me stopped it.

February 9

Seven (who is coincidentally 7 years old) came into foster care yesterday. I had to re-fresh my memory on his age, because he acts younger. He’s very sweet, treat-motivated, and eager to please. He’s potty trained, does not seem to mark in the house at all, and he transports nicely in the car. He was reported to have some resource guarding issues and some cat issues, but we’ll be able to see what they’re like once he gets settled in. He’s a leaner and enjoys petting.