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Feature Dog Aker

Age Sex Breed Weight
1 Years Old Male Husky Mix 55 lbs

Need to know…
Mandatory Training ~ Don’t let this scare you!

Vet Details
  Neutered
  Microchipped
  Vaccinated

     
Cat free home Gets along well with proper introductions Child free home
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Details

It’s me, Aker. Here to win you over with my boyish charm and good looks!

I am vaccinated and microchipped! I have also been neutered.

I am a 1.5 year old and weigh 55lbs. I am a male, husky mix.

Let’s get down to business, shall we?

If you haven’t seen my posts, you must know I do require mandatory training. Don’t let that scare you, though! I am a GREAT dog and in order for me to be the very best doggy I can be, I need a little help from my friends. The reasons that I need mandatory training is because I have natural dominant tendencies that sometimes need correcting if they go too far. I can sometimes jump up on people, get closer than they would like, or ‘guard’ my space. I am working on this and it doesn’t happen often as I continue to train and try my very best! Foster Mom takes me for two types of walks… We go on ‘hikes’ in nice forested areas with my longer lead and we also do ‘training sessions’ with my short lead or when we are going for a walk in my neighbourhood. She calls it “Follow” and when ever I start to pull ahead she turns the other direction and asks me to follow and heel. I am getting very good at it since I’m so smart. I’m learning that if I keep the pace with her we can walk farther and not turn so much. She said it’s not nice if I try to take her for a walk.

I am working on some of my “possessive” behaviours. I tend to resource guard my things from strangers like toys. I require clear rules/boundaries and will need my forever family to be consistent with me and my training. It is recommended I go to a home without children. It’s not that I don’t like them, I am actually good with children but if someone were to take my toy from me at this point, I’m not sure how I would react and I would never want to harm a little person. They are just so CUTE! I love to meet new people including little people with my foster mom near to properly introduce us 🙂

 

I am really good with other dogs with PROPER and GENTLE introduction. Sometimes you just don’t know about other dogs, you know? I love playing with other dogs who are my friends but sometimes I am unsure about meeting new ones. I like to sniff and see what they are all about. I don’t particularly like it when dogs start to bark, growl or threaten me and being the dramatic preteen I am I return the reaction. In this case it’s best to pull me along and I’ll quickly be prancing away happy to have protected you from such a beast! As for cats they are soooo weird. I met two one time and was SO confused. I curiously went to sniff them and they kept doing this twirly, spazzy, circle movement and it freaked me right out. I started barking to ask them nicely to stop but when foster mom put them in a different room I forgot they even existed, HA! Sometimes I think it would be cool to meet a cat again.

Do you wanna know my biggest obsession? I’m sure it’s not much different from other dogs but I LOVE SQUIRRELS. I love them- all shapes and sizes. I like to play tag until they’re all the way up a tree then I try to bark to tell them to come back down. They never come down. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong? I am starting to understand though that when I’m on leash I shouldn’t be so occupied by the squirrels. Foster mom says I’m getting the hang of understanding that I can’t say hi to all of them.

Car rides are SO SO FUN. I LOVE THEM. It usually means we are going somewhere exciting. And I am all about EXCITING. Foster mom ties my leash to the headrest in the back of the car and I look out the window and sometimes whine out of excitement. It is necessary to have me tied in the car because I such a curious boy I like to wander in the car. I’m like a little jelly beans 🙂

When Foster Mom goes to work or she goes out I happily trot over to my crate for a snooze. All she has to say is “Aker Crate” and I’m such a good listener I mope around the coffee table and then slowly walk into my crate. Hey, I have to put on a show right? I am ALL about the DRAMA. Once I’m in there I am happy as a clam and will chill until you come home. I am not a barker. I am so quiet and also cute 🙂

When I’m at home I thoroughly enjoy looking out the window while playing with a toy or chewing on a bone. You could call me a people watcher I suppose.. I’m a little nosy and curious about the day to day lives of those around me, hehe! I am so good at night. I just like to go out for a pee before bed and then I’m lights out! I will sleep completely sound until YOU wake up. Yup that’s right people. I will let you sleep in to the max because I also love a good sleep in. I will not whine or bark or annoy you in the morning. But boy am I as happy as can be when we get up to start our day with breakfast and a quick pee.

I know sit, stay and wait commands very well. We are working on “come”. I’m a smart boy and pick up on these things with ease! It’s just that sometimes I actively choose not to listen. I know with my mandatory training that will change. As long as we’re together and consistent I know I can do it!

I am also working on not jumping up. Apparently that’s not polite… who knew? Not me! I will learn though.

Overall I know I would be a great addition to your family. I love to cuddle. Cuddling is my favourite. On the floor of course (Foster mom doesn’t like me on the furniture and I am happy to oblige). I am a pup with a personality THAT is for sure. Everyone loves me because I am so cute and handsome and fun to be around. I also know how to CHILL. Do you? I could teach you?

MANDATORY TRAINING

Don’t be afraid of these words! Here are a couple of reasons we require mandatory training for some of our awesome dogs:

 The dog doesn’t get along with ALL dogs.
That’s fine if you want to stay a hermit but we know the dog has potential to be ok with all dogs. Also, just like people, not all dogs like all dogs. You don’t like every person you meet but it’s expected we are cordial and that is the expectation of dogs as well.

 The dog is super nervous.
Many people have a tendency to allow their dog to stay in this state of mind their whole life but that is not healthy for the dog. We want a dog that trusts and is balanced as well as happy. Meeting with a professional trainer is exactly what these dogs need and you as the adopter needs to work hard at building that trust!

 The dog has zero manners.
Many of our returned dogs have come back to us this way and we want to decrease the chance that they will be returned again for the exact behaviour they showed before. All dogs require rules and boundaries. Love is not enough.

“I once owned a dog that was aggressive towards some dogs. I thought I was just going to have to avoid other dogs throughout his whole life and I became ok with that. Then I met an amazing trainer who has since helped me and we’ve walked and hiked with so many different dogs now! Throughout all the hard work I’ve met so many people and learned so much about myself.”

Don’t be afraid to adopt the dog that requires the mandatory training! It is an amazing opportunity to build a relationship with an awesome dog, meet new people and learn so much! For those of you with dogs that have issues, don’t avoid the issue. Get out and get training and work your butt off so your dog can be happy and so can you!

IMPORTANT

It is the recommendation of FTH that every newly adopted dog remain on leash, both inside and out, for a minimum of 14 days. As most of our dogs are outdoor dogs and strays, this will help prevent dogs running away as they are adjusting to their new home. At the same time it will help start building the bond between you and the dog. Thank you!

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