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Feature Dog Millet

Age Sex Breed Weight
2 Years Old Male Lab Mix 47 lbs

Need to know…
Mandatory Training – don’t like this scare you!

Vet Details
  Neutered
  Microchipped
  Vaccinated

     
Cat free home Can be picky and needs proper introductions Children 12+ and older please
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Details

It’s Millet Time!
I’m Millet and I’d love to dedicate my time to a very special someone.
I’m a 2 yrs young, male Lab Mix. I just weigh 47lbs, I’m pretty buff and build for adventures and endurance. If you are athletic like me we could have a lot of fun together for years to come. I also like to party! Foster mom says when I play I go full throttle.
I’m neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. I’m a very strong with a sense of humour and I’m a whole lot of fun! You will never run out of activities to enjoy when your with me because I am up for anything.
I’m a good boy in my crate. If you cover my crate I lie down and go straight to sleep. I sleep all night and I’ll even let you sleep in!
I may whine if I need to go to the bathroom or when you come home because I’m happy to see you. I talk if I want a drink of water, or I hear my food bowl rattling I will go “Wooooo” I eat in my crate because I don’t like the other dogs to be near my bowl when I’m eating but I will share the water bowl with them. I’ve never shown food guarding towards my foster family. I will run in my crate and sit for my bowl. I take treats so nicely too.
I haven’t had any accidents inside my crate, or the house. I have never marked in my foster home either, but I have in new places.
Please be prepared to correct this using my leash. It is rude and I do know better. If you catch me lift my leg a quick tug and a stern word will stop me in my tracks.
Foster mom supervises me and keeps me on my leash at all times. when I’m not in my crate. She holds on to it or uses a waist leash. I will lunge and bark at cats and there are 2 in my foster home and I’m quite determined to catch them. I am seeking a cat free home.
I love people! I have a happy face, wagging tail, and love to give out lots of kisses. I may try to jump up but am learning this gets a leash correction, apparently it’s bad manners. I’m learning this because sometimes I get excited and go to do it, then stop myself, see I’m smart too. I catch on fast.
I haven’t really been with kids. I’ve met some briefly. They are little people, I love people, but little ones would likely not be a good fit for me. I’m sure I’d accidentally knock them over as I can get pretty exuberant.
I need a strong confident leader. Older teens who are dog savvy follow rules and training guidelines could be a good fit. I’d think it would depend on the teen, we all mature differently and I admit I have some maturing to do myself! Sometimes I act like a big puppy! There is still much to learn and I’m a sponge wanting to soak it all in. I love learning. I have confidence but sometimes it’s misplaced. I can be bossy.
On my leash, I try to remember to walk beside you and respond well to corrections, when I feel you are in control and confident I respect this.
Foster mom is using a training collar on me. Without it I am a very strong puller, especially when I see little critters. If I see dogs on my walk I barely give them a glance. Practicing walking daily with consistency will do wonders. One day I may not need my training collar as when foster mom plays and trains with me she only uses the long lead and is finding I pull much less then I used to.
I love riding in the car! I do get a bit excited at the thought of a potential adventure, I jump right in the car. I quickly settle I like to rest my head on the arm rest and glance at you lovingly but eventually just close my eyes and enjoy the ride till we reach our destination.
I get along quite well with all 3 of
my canine foster siblings, but like I said I’m bossy. I get along best with my 2 year old foster brother. We have a lot of fun together.
I’ve kind of adopted my foster siblings as a pack, but I’m not always receptive to meeting new dogs. I sometimes get into the personal space of other dogs but if they get into mine I bark and lunge. Introductions should be done slowly and briefly. The best way for me to get to know other dogs is by just going on a nice long walk. My best playmates would be compatible in size and activity level. Foster mom has noted I don’t like large unaltered males.
Toys I love them, but don’t like to share. I do toy guard with my foster siblings. My foster brother and I have had a altercation over a toy that was left out and we both wanted it. Although the other day I had a toy in my crate and part of it was sticking out and my foster brother pulled it and there was a bit of a game there. One day with trust and training I will learn what fun sharing can be.
To adopt me FTH is asking that that we seek a personal training together. It will truly help us to get off to a good start. It’s mandatory for me but in actuality it’s a good idea for every dog and puppy and their person to attend classes to recognize and avoid certain behaviours or habits that may suddenly crop up, often things that you our leader may unwittingly encourage just by loving us so much. You may find after completing a class you may love it and want to go further. With some work the possibilities of what we could achieve together would be so much fun and a source of pride.
If you don’t know a trainer, FTH would be happy to recommend one.
I wear my leash inside, outside and in the car. Its a life line and a simple communication tool. You can use it to correct me, catch me should I try going out an open door or gate. Foster mom uses it for all of the above and has protected her cats should I try to chase them! It’s an amazing tool! It’s not just for walking!

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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