|1 Year Old||Male||French Mastiff Mix||77 lbs|
Need to know…
He’s a big strong boy with lots of energy, but he’s also a fun loving goof ball. He needs a strong and breed experienced owner.
|Hasn’t Met||Gets along||Hasn’t Met|
Introducing me – Fargo! I’m a one year old, male French Mastiff mix and I clock in at 77 lbs so I’m a big boy! I’m vaccinated and microchipped and I’m looking for my furever family!
I’m a big strong boy with lots of energy, but I’m also a fun loving goof ball. I enjoy playing ball and whenever I meet new people, I’m hoping they will play with me. I also like to give my foster mom kisses, but she doesn’t let me, because I haven’t quite learned that not everyone is into PDA. I love to play when we go outside, but I’m pretty chill in the house. I will like to push boundaries though (like trying to get on the couch when when I’m not allowed), so I would be best with an experienced owner who understands my breed. When my foster mom took my leash and pulled me off the couch (she’s always holding it as I learn how life down south is), I did growl at her and raise my lip a little. I didn’t do anything else, but this is why I will need a family that really understands the importance of boundaries. A balanced training approach that really reinforces the rules will help me be the best boy I can possibly be!
I’m very good in my crate. While I do need a little nudge on my bum to go in, I don’t make a peep unless I need to go out or I hear someone. When it’s time to go in my crate, my foster mom walks me up to my crate, and takes me leash off. I usually just stand there, so she gently pushes me into the crate with a push on my bum and I’ll walk right in. My crate has been both covered and uncovered and I don’t seem to have a preference. My foster mom usually has it covered though because my foster sister’s crate is next to mine and she likes her privacy. Whenever I hear the door open or hear someone outside, I do bark, but I settle quickly once my foster mom tells me to be quiet. I eat all my meals in my crate, and I enjoy my crate the most with a soft bed or a nice blanket to curl up with.
Since I came south, I’ve had an upset tummy, but I got some medicine and eating special food, so I feel better already. Because of this, I have had a few accidents in the house. I do try hard to avoid making a mess in the house, but sometimes an upset tummy just gets the better of you! I have had a couple accidents in my crate overnight, but my foster mom has moved my dinner time up to 7pm, and since i started feeling better, no crate accidents! It’s very possible the stress of coming south upset my tummy, so this may happen again when I am adopted and move into my furever home.
I am also learning not to mark in the house. I have been wearing a belly band in the house, but when I lift my leg, my foster mom shouts to distract me from marking and pulls on my leash so I stop. While my foster mom keeps me on a strict two hours in two hours out of my crate schedule, when I do have to go, I sit by the door and whine a little. While we do go for potty breaks right after coming out of my crate, I really like to drink water, so sometimes I gotta go between scheduled potty breaks! It is important that my furever family keep me on this in-and-out schedule while adjusting to my new home. Being crated when people are home helps me understand that my crate is a safe place for me, and not just something we use when people are gone.
I do not live with kids or cats in my foster home, so we don’t know how I will react. However, there is another dog in my home – she’s a husky mix and boy is she bossy! But that’s okay – I let her be the boss and we get along just fine. Sometimes though, she growls at me when I get too close and my foster mom had to shoo me away so she doesn’t get annoyed. Usually she offers me a toy and I’m quite happy to take that and go do my own thing for a while. My forever family will need to help me read other dog’s cues sometimes, and not let us dogs work it out on our own – nobody wants a fight, so we need the humans to help us keep playtime fun for everyone! This is why you should keep my leash in hand for the first 30 days I’m in your home, so you can easily manage these situations! My foster home is on a horse farm and I cannot figure out what the heck those things are. I bark at them a lot and stay away!
My leash skills are a work in progress. I like to pull! I have been wearing a training collar and I am slowly improving. Most of the time my training collar teaches me, but sometimes I see something so interesting I can’t help myself and I drag my foster mom towards it. Usually, I find critters (like ducks and squirrels) or other people interesting. I also like to chase after my foster sister. For now, whoever holds my leash should be strong enough to hold me back so I can continue to develop my leash skills. We are trying to do walks in less crowded areas so I’m not distracted, but when I do, my foster mom just does a 180 turn so I learn that pulling doesn’t get me what I want and that I should follow my foster mom. I’m also only allowed to pee once per walk/time out. This will help me learn not to mark! I have marked on people before, so constant monitoring of this is very important so I break the habit.
I haven’t been on many car rides but overall I’m pretty good. I ride in the trunk of my foster mom’s hatchback and I don’t whine or cry or try to climb over the seats, however I haven’t figured out how to jump in on my own – my foster mom does need to lift me in! We are working on climbing into the car though, starting with putting my paws up and a little nudge on the bum to help encourage me to hop in. I sometimes leap out before my foster mom is ready, so as a precaution, loops my leash through the door so she can grab on before she opens up.