Adopting a high energy puppy can be a challenge for excited families who don’t anticipate all the ups and downs of puppy-hood. If you are looking for a calm low energy dog please consider a senior who will share your couch and not require much walking or training.
Consider your lifestyle when considering a companion animal.
Puppies are Serious Business!
The highs and lows of puppy training are often too much for some families who were lured in by puppy breath and cute faces. As months pass and the puppy hits their “teen years” they start pushing limits. If the family isn’t dog savvy and not willing to participate in a training program this can end in tragedy for the dog.
This is how ten month old dogs get surrendered with the dreaded and often fatal label: bite history — a death sentence for many dogs in shelters without a rescue to help.
We have one such maltipoos who has been returned to BCFS and after a few weeks of rehabilitation with our foster team Lenny is looking for a loving dog savvy forever home.
Lenny is a wonderful dogs who needs a family willing to set firm limits and do plenty of walking. The maltipoos are very active, curious and athletic! We’ve discovered the key to success is exercise. Stimulating the brain with long walks or hikes is the way to go with these healthy pups.
They are also incredibly food motivated and will steal your sandwich, so don’t leave food out or unattended. No, the kitchen table is not safe. Use food motivation as a tool to reward positive behaviour!
Lenny has a history of nipping, so families with children under five will be considered cautiously.
This is what Foster Mom Raye has to say about Lenny:
We had a very pleasant walk today (July 22, 2015) and much to my delight Lenny not only met a little boy and did not jump, mouth or bark but took a treat nicely from the palm of his hand.
I think it may be time to start the search for his forever home. I think a home with another dog of similar energy around his size would be a big asset. He likes to play with my cat as well so a cat as long as it gets along with dogs would be ok.
His new family would also have to be on board with making sure the rules are set and consistent. He is crate trained. Does well on house training but needs reminding on occasion. He walks well on a lead but will bark occasionally so I carry a bark can but have not needed it the last two days. He has never shown any food or toy aggression and loves to play the steal the hoof game with my dogs.
He also loves to play fetch the tennis ball and brings it back, A calm house will help with his mouthing if you escalate the excitement he gets carried away. He can be quite the thief if you leave say a sandwich unattended so Paul has found out. lol
He is very athletic and has energy to burn I am sure someone out there will love him.
Interested? Up for the Challenge?
Fill out an adoption application from our forms and documents page and submit it to our adoption coordinator!