|~ 4 Year Old||Male||Husky Mix||72 lbs|
Need to know…
He has had prior encounters with porcupines. Working on crate/leash training. He did have heartworm. He is clear now but will need to remain on heartworm prevention year round for the next 2 years.
|No Cats||Gets along||Lives with school age children|
Let me reintroduce myself…. The name is Ballard! Did you know I am named after a famous nurse? That’s right, her name was Martha Ballard. She was a midwife that worked as a nurse and herbal healer. I wonder if she would have had any herbal concoctions for the heart worm I had. You see, I tested positive for heart worm when I first arrived but I am heart worm negative now. I must be on heart worm preventative for a minimum of 2 years! It is a good thing to have me on it life long though to always keep me protected.
I am a 72lb, 4yr old male Husky mix. I am vaccinated, microchiped and neutered!
I am a sweet, smart boy, with a calm temperament inside and outside my foster home.
I could live without toys. The only thing I really love is a Kong, especially when it’s stuffed with treats. I do however love the antlers that my foster mom has laying around for us. I have never snapped at my foster siblings when they come near me with an antler but I have given them a little warning growl and they know to back off.
I didn’t love the dog bed at my other fosters home but I have stolen my foster brothers Costco dog bed more times then Foster mom can count. That being said I don’t mind the hard floor to sleep on either. I just like to lay down and relax a lot, I’m a pretty chill guy.
Some things I’m learning are; the word “stay”, “sit” and “come”. I am working really hard on sitting patiently for my kibble at meal times, it can be super hard with two other dogs in the house. I am a slow eater and I may not even eat my kibble at first but foster mom adds a bit of water and then I will eat it. I also love when she added a bit of broth or herring oil on top.
I’m not a huge fan of going into my crate so I will protest and try to lay down. Foster mom leads me in with my leash. Sometimes we have to take a bit of a start from further away. I’m pretty good once I’m in there and usually fairly quiet. The crate is my safe place, It’s “me” time. I get to adjust, chill out and observe or just relax and sleep. You may hear a little whine from me now and again, but once I hear “enough” from foster mom I settle down. When it’s bed time I sleep throughout the night. Spending time in my crate while you are home helps me not to just associate it with you leaving the house. If you are leaving me alone in the crate while you are out it is best to use carabiners or zip ties to secure my crate, I have been known to bend them and escape.
There are two other dogs in the foster home I am in. One male who is about 6 and a female that is 11 months. The Male was not impressed when I came in, put up a fuss and liked to bully me a bit. I would just walk away and could care less. The younger female loves to play! It took me a few days to feel comfortable with her but now we play all the time. When I have had enough I give her a little snarl or growl and she backs off and let’s me relax.
I am super interested in cats and not in a good way. I love them a little too much and might make them my dinner. I will need a home without cats.
I haven’t had any accidents in my foster home. I know the washroom is outside and will go to the door when I need out . On my walks, my foster mom allows me to mark once and then keeps walking should I try to mark on the walk again.
My leash skills need a bit of work. For the most part I will walk beside you but sometimes I’m stubborn and will pull backwards when I get nervous. When this happens my foster mom tells me “You’ve got this” and keeps moving forward. If I protest too much, she goes the way I want and then immediately turns back the way she wants to go and I follow right along. I’m very strong when pulling back so make sure you have a good grip. I’m not a huge fan of walking or going to the bathroom in the dark so we are working on this. It is important to work on my confidence and that I learn that walking in the dark is an important skill to have as it gets dark early in the colder months. I have seen a couple of dogs on my walks, one I gave a little growl, the other dog didn’t hear me and I was told to “knock it off” which redirected me easily. Another dog barked at me and I just stared at it.
There are two children in my foster home that are older (11,13) and are quite dog savvy. I have no issue with them at all but they are calm and know when and when not to approach me, pet me and play with me.
Overall, I love everyone I have met! I am shy at first but warm up quickly!
In my previous foster home they gave me a bath and OH, let me tell you about the bath!! I’ve only had one. Unless you have two strong people with me I would recommend leaving the bathing to the groomers!
I love the car and always jump right in ready to go on an adventure. My Foster Mom closes the end of the leash in the door, this helps in securing me in the car so I don’t move around in the cabin and also gives her an added safety feature of being able to grab the end in her hand before opening the car door. Funny story, Foster mom didn’t lock the windows on the way to my meet and greet and I learned how to roll it down. I almost jumped out, thank goodness we were in the parking lot and my leash was secured or I could have taken an adventure. Moral of the story…..make sure you windows are locked if you are taking me for a ride and if you do want a little bit of a breeze don’t roll them down too much.
Overall I’m the strong silent type. Professional balanced training would be a great idea for me and my furever people to do. It’ll teach us both lots of cool stuff and will build our bond and my confidence. The awesome peeps at FTH will give recommendations for trainers.
🚨🚨 It is the recommendation of FTH that every newly adopted dog remain on leash, both inside and out, for a minimum of 30 days. As most of our dogs are outdoor dogs and strays, this will help prevent dogs from running away as they are adjusting to their new homes and learning boundaries and rules. At the same time, it will help start building the bond between you and the dog.
No talk-no touch rule is also recommended. I need time to adjust to my surroundings. No attention helps to reduce the risk of unwanted behaviors.