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Blaise

Age Sex Breed Weight
~1 Year Old Male Husky Mix 62 lbs

Need to know…
He will whine in his crate. He is easily distracted on walks and requires multiple turns to regain his focus. With other dogs, he requires introductions to be done slowly and on leash so that he can be comfortable with them near his space.

Vet Details
  Neutered
  Microchipped
  Vaccinated

     
Hasn’t Met Takes time to warm up Lives with teenagers
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Details

🎵🎶 I sit and wonder
why yi-yi-yi,
why
don’t you adopt me,
oh forever family 🎵🎶
Uh, um… so, ah…. uh, well….sorry… I’m a pretty shy guy. I’m getting better, but oh-my-goodness, all these new noises and movements and comings and goings really got me nervous. Let me step out from behind my foster and introduce myself: My name is Blaise and I’m a 62lb male shepherd mix, about 1 years old. I’ve been checked out by the vet, I’ve been microchipped and vaccinated and they say I’m good to go!
With every passing day, I’m coming out of my shell more and more. I’m happiest in the company of people. I love meeting new people, I love being around people, and I love trying to get physically close to people. But just like my fosters, you will have to follow the “no touch no talk rule” until I am more confident and for at least the first 30 days so that I don’t become dependent upon attention. If I get too much attention, I’ll become very demanding, so it’s best to only give limited attention and only when I have earned it through good behaviour (when asked to sit, come, etc).
Since arriving from up north, I’m developing all sorts of important skills. Like walking on a leash! This is a really new thing for me so I’m learning not to zigzag and stop walking into my foster all the time 🙂 I’m learning to pace beside my foster but sometimes I get too far ahead of her. A quick turn in the opposite direction is all I need and I’m back to walking right beside my foster. I do get easily distracted by squirrels, but I’m a really good follower of instructions: a firm lead with the leash is enough for me to keep on walking by. I’m not much interested in the dogs I see on the walk but occasionally growl – only if they growl at me first!
Another new experience for me is the crate. Just like walking on leash, I’m getting better at being in there too! Initially, I was a real chatterbox, telling anyone who’d listen to me, that I’m not too fond of it. (Read as whining lol). But over time, I’ve come to see it’s a special place for me, a safe place where I eat my meals, sleep at night, and generally relax and watch the busy household around me. It’s especially effective as a place to decompress after training sessions. You should continue to use the crate because it helps me connect it with good things and makes sure everyone is safe, especially if there are other dogs to avoid fights over food. I am learning to go in on my own with gentle pressure with the leash. I spend 2 hours and 2 hours out of the crate so as to create a predictable routine and a sense of independence. I have a blanket inside my crate and a chew toy that I usually ignore; I also sleep with a thin sheet covering the crate.
Speaking of other dogs, there is a big friendly male family dog in the house that I’ve learned to play with. I was really nervous around him at first, and I needed time to warm up. If he came near me, I moved away, and hid behind my foster for the first couple of days. He wanted to play but it was me that needed more time to let him get close to me. If you have dogs, you should make sure your dogs give me space, and introduce me slowly, and while on leash, so you can react quickly if need be. Make sure to advocate for me, that way I’ll have time to be comfortable, and I’ll know you have my back! I’ve watched some cats and am definitely intrigued, especially the fast moving ones (maybe they remind me of squirrels?), so slow introductions would also be recommended.
As I said before, I really like people, including kids. I try to get the three teens in my foster house to pet me by nudging my snout under their hands. I whimper and whine for them to look at me. I nuzzle my whole body like a cat against their legs. But don’t let this demanding behaviour fool you! You have to be diligent in ignoring my attention seeking behaviours and allow me to get familiar with your schedule, and in time, I will become a quieter and more settled dog. I would also benefit from balanced training to help build my confidence. And an owner that will not coddle me as I need to learn to be independent and gain more confidence.
I have had no accidents in the house, thus far. I go out frequently to do my business but I don’t really give any indication that I need to go out so you should take me out regularly, as in after meals and every time you take me out of the crate. I also accomplished a big thing today: I jumped up on my own into the hatch back of the car. Don’t forget to secure me by tucking the leash into the frame of the door; this also reduces my flight risk when you open the door to let me out

IMPORTANT

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 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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