Here I am waiting for that perfect home to come by and take a “Chance” on me! It’s been a while and I keep getting passed over by cute and adorable puppies but I have so much to offer! Let me tell you all about me!
My name is Chance and it’s the perfect name for me because I took a Chance when they said I won a trip to Southern Ontario! I came all the way from Northern Manitoba! I’m approximately 2 years old. If I do say so I’m very handsome male Shepherd mix. I weigh in at 60lbs and have been neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. I came south with an old injury to my left paw. An X-ray determined I had broken my toes!
I had a toe removed and there are some neurological deficits on my front leg that cause me to walk differently. Hydrotherapy and physiotherapy should be continued as nerve regrowth is quite slow and I am young. Over the next few months rehab doctors will be able to tell if my neurological weakness will be permanent or not. I was told we would know 100% the deficit after a year. They also recommend swimming every summer so cottage life or frequent access to the lake would be ideal for me with a life jacket. As well, treat balls to encourage the use of my front legs to roll the ball around as well as at home exercises. All these exercises would combine strengthening and coordination for my front left leg. This deficit does not slow me down and I continue to be my goofy self!
I currently take a joint supplement every day which is important to continue but what’s more important is that I stay lean my whole life to prevent extra strain on my front legs! This is easy because I love being active!
As a result of my injury, I also have a small ulcer on the bottom of my foot. I am currently getting laser therapy to help it heal quickly, and it is looking better every day. With the ulcer on my foot, I need continued protection using a booty appropriate for winter and hiking is a must. I am pretty good about letting people put my boot on because I know it means I get to go for a walk. It helps prevent rubbing on the pad- this ulcer can take a while to heal but it’s doing so good with the laser therapy that I do 1-2x per week at the vet!
That’s all the boring but still important stuff. Now let me tell you more! My foster mom says I am one of the funniest dogs she has ever had and that I make her laugh every day. I am very chatty and love to make all kinds of sounds. Most of the sounds I make are happy sounds and I almost never bark.
Surprisingly, when I am in my crate, I am actually very quiet. In fact, if you hear me making sounds in my crate, especially at night, this is an emergency and I need to go outside right away. I love my crate and will hang out in there during the day with the door open. I am usually pretty good about going into my crate, I know the command “crate” and I also will go in if you guide me in with my leash. Once I know that I eat my meals in my crate, I will go in as soon as I see you holding my bowl. When I am new to your home, I may want to spend a lot of time with you and it is strongly encouraged that you put me in my crate and follow the 2 hours in, 1 hour out rule. This will help me adjust to your home and settle in. I love to be where you are including right under your feet in the kitchen so foster mom put my crate there and now, I can just watch all day and be out of the way. I am very quiet at night, but when I was new to my foster home I would whine a little bit during the day. My foster family ignored me and I learned quickly that this behavior is pointless and stopped whining, but I may try this with you at my new home. I have a nice blanket in there to make it cozy, nothing else can go in my crate and my crate is left uncovered.
No seriously, if you put anything else in my crate, I will eat it. Not chew it, eat it. I love toys and should still be allowed to have them, but under supervision. In a playful mood I may pick up your things off of the ground and try to play with them like socks, but as long as I have toys I am allowed to chew I will not chew up your things. I am pretty good at sharing my toys so you can play with me. If you don’t feel like playing, just give me a tennis ball and I will bounce it around and roll it and chase it down the hallway all on my own.
I used to live in a foster home that had cats when I saw those cats at first I just watched them, trying to figure out what they are all about. I think I figured it out! They are frankly quite shady always sneaking about. When they run this amps me up and makes me bark “Where are they? Let me at them!” I was sternly told “enough! This briefly refocused me, but cats are just a irresistible temptation! I am looking for a cat free home!
I have been working on my leash skills a lot at my foster home and I am getting much better! Well kind of… I am really good for foster mum, but all of my leash skills go away when I am walked by someone who doesn’t know what they are doing. If I pull on the leash when foster mom walks me, she turns around and we walk the other way. This is no fun and I stop pulling so we can get where we are going. When other people walk me and let me pull of course I pull! I am super easily distracted, but I am learning that it is ok to stop and stare, I just can’t run after things. I need to learn to follow foster mom and not lead her.
My biggest distraction on walks is other dogs. I don’t like strange dogs and will whine and pull towards them. If you stay calm and do lots of turns so my focus is back on you I will be more calm and move on quickly. If I am allowed to lead the way and pull, I will bark at other dogs.
As long as we are outside and we have plenty of space I don’t get aggressive with other dogs. Indoors and in smaller spaces (like an apartment building lobby) I will growl or bark at other dogs. With slow introductions I can make dog friends, especially if they are calm. I have played outside with other dogs and had fun! We should be on leash when we meet at first and allow us to have a loose and quick meeting. Once we are both calm leashes can come off and we can run around and play. I get a little nervous when there are many dogs, and can be shy. I do not currently live with any dogs, so I don’t know how I would do living with dogs.
I have lived in an apartment and in a home and while I have mastered the elevator, I think I would prefer to live in a house. Sometimes getting in a cramped elevator, especially with other dogs, is overwhelming to me. If you’re ok to do stairs then so am I!
While I am a very playful boy, I am also very smart. Foster mom says if you give me an inch, I will take a mile. If you let me get away with something once (ie. letting me out of my crate when I whine, letting me jump on you when you come home) I will do it so much, and it will become a habit that we need to break. When I am new to your home you should make sure to really focus on setting rules and boundaries from day 1! I should keep my leash on in the house for the first 30 days I am in your home, this can be used for communication as well as teaching me those rules and boundaries.
Please follow the recommendations in the pamphlet given to the family of every adopted dog and please consider taking me to professional balanced training as every dog can benefit from it. It helps you and me build a better bond too!
My favorite thing in the world is stretching out on big fluffy dog beds. If you get me one of those I promise I will put it to good use!
I love people! There are no children in my foster home but when my foster family went away for a week I stayed with another foster family and they have an 11 year old girl. She is dog savvy and very respectful of dogs. I have never lived with kids, so I’m not sure how I would do. I am very strong and only adults should be holding my leash.
I love toys but am a very strong chewer so need good quality toys that are built to last. I love to play and sometimes I try to get your attention by mouthing or grabbing at your clothes. I do this very gently and have even tried to carefully pull a sock of a unsuspecting foot! Foster mom says none of this is allowed and will tell me “enough” and then go very still so I know it is not a game. I really like attention but this is not the way to get it. Foster mom does not give me attention as she wants me to be independent and enjoy my own company. It will be very important for my forever family to not give me attention in the beginning so I don’t develop separation anxiety. The rule is no talk, no touch, no attention for 30 days.
I have been going to the vet a few times a week for my physio therapy and I love the vet and the car. I really like the car rides and I am so good in the car; I just lie down in the back and don’t make a peep until we get there. I don’t try to escape when you let me out, but just in case my leash still gets secured by closing the car door on the end of it. Just guide me in with the leash and I will happily jump right in!
So, if you’re looking for fun, adventures or having some good laughs with a great friend then I’m your man!!!