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Ben is a 45 pound neutered male red merle and is nearly five years old. Due to his extreme sensitivity to sounds and movements, he is a very high flight risk who requires a solid ,secure, and locked fenced yard. Ben also finds great security in having a grounded and confident Aussie sibling to draw comfort from both at home and on leashed walks. He can not be let off leash due to his fears and unpredictability.
Ben coexists well with cats and other grounded, friendly dogs. He is high energy and very fast-moving. Ben enjoys being near his person but is wary of others. He has no major health concerns but did have very runny eyes upon intake; they have cleared up completely after several months of indoor living and a good diet. He is now housebroken and reliable. Ben has had a history of fear-nipping. He must be carefully monitored and managed. Although most of his nipping history has been directed toward males, he has nipped one woman.
Here are some videos of Ben in action:
We have not exposed Ben to children due to his reactivity and their unpredictable quick movement and oftentimes shrill voices. When we are on neighborhood leash walks, we avoid any potential hazards by changing direction or sides of the street. He does play with a tennis ball now but will not compete with another dog to gain the ball. Ben walks on a Sporn harness and does well once he gets out the door and has settled into the adventure. He walks well with his foster brother or sister dog, bumping shoulders and checking in constantly.
Ben does not counter surf. He has a low to medium prey drive. He has good recall in our fenced yard and in the house unless he is spooked. His terror of unexpected sounds and motions makes him very dangerous to himself. He will BOLT from whatever he perceives as dangerous. He will not hear you call him when stressed.
He is currently on heart-worm preventive meds.
Ben must have a very patient, Aussie-savvy home with a dog pal that he can gain comfort and confidence from and who will provide him the dog companionship he enjoys. Ben will be "on hold" until mid to late January while we work further to try to de-escalate his reactiveness.
Ben is fostered in New Hampshire. NS2915
Cosmo is a very sweet and attentive dog. He is friendly but cautious with new people, and he can get nervous with strangers. He is very social with all the familiar adults in his foster home, loves attention and loves to play. He greets us in the morning and when we come home from work with great excitement and leaps in the air. He has a delightful Aussie grin when he is excited, which we see on a daily basis. He's a 2 year old black tri and has put on some much needed weight since he arrived. He's still small at 30 lbs but likely won't put on more than another couple of pounds to be just right, but that's great because did we mention yet that he loves to be a lap dog? Other than that he is not super high on the Velcro scale. Cosmopolitan is great with all the adults and teenage children in his foster home but there are no younger children there so we can't say how he would be with little kids.
This boy does well with other dogs and loves his foster home's dog. They play with great enthusiasm every day, wrestling, jumping, and racing around the yard but he is fairly gentle, even when playing. Cosmopolitan has met a couple other dogs and has been friendly but a little cautious at first. He loves to play tug of war with his toys, and will chase a tossed toy or stick and bring it back to play with. He acts like he is rediscovering his puppyhood at times. There are cats in the foster home and he does well with them and he shows low or no prey drive toward other things when out on a walk or in the yard.
We'd say his energy level is medium. He likes a few playtimes a day and that is enough to keep him happy for exercise. Because there is a fenced in back yard, he has not had much time on a leash, but he's been easy to walk on the few occasions we have gone out on one. He pulls a bit but with just a little work, he should become very smooth. He does well in a crate during the day or night, and will often choose to go to an open crate for a nap. Cosmopolitan is house-trained, but he is not yet signalling very obviously when he needs to go out so a regular schedule is best. In time, he will likely be able to learn more how to signal when he needs out though.
When there is lot of excitement or scary situations, he can submissive pee, but that is something that tends to fade as they get comfortable in a new setting.
Cosmopolitan is fostered in Syracuse, NY
Apply here for him. NS3177