|~1 Year Old||Male||Husky Mix||31 lbs|
Need to know…
He has infectious energy and enthusiasm. He is working on learning to settle in the house. He does lunge and bark at new dogs on walks but is easily redirected.
|Hasn’t Met||Gets along||Hasn’t Met|
My name is Outlander and I am in search of my forever home.
I am an approximately 1 year old male husky mix with lots of energy and personality plus. I may be small (weighing in at 31 pounds), but I don’t know it. I have an infectious energy and enthusiasm. I am a bundle of precious, playful, curious, eager, smart, cute, adorable, and friendly all packed into my smaller frame. I will win your heart with my gorgeous eyes as I seek to learn from you by following your cues. Please don’t be fooled I still have a lot to learn as I am inexperienced in my current surroundings. I have been both vaccinated and microchipped.
There is a female husky in my foster home and the introduction was controlled with each of us on a leash and supported to approach slowly with a chance to sniff each other. We hang out in the same space but haven’t interacted much. On occasion she is bossy and I just ignore her. I also met foster mom’s friend’s male dog in the same thoughtful manner and it went well. I have not had exposure to cats or kids in my foster home.
As everything is currently unfamiliar to me, I am always on a leash when out of my crate inside and outside of the house to help me learn rules and expectations. The leash is my communication tool; there is no touch, no talk plan in place that supports me to learn and avoid unwanted behaviours. This plan will be in place for 30 days and is recommended to be repeated when I move on to my adoptive home.
Inside the house I am working to self-calm as I can be quite anxious, excitable and have trouble settling. The goal is for me to sit or lie quietly next to my fosters, and for this we use an activity called “sit on the dog”. Here they sit on my leash with only enough distance in the leash for me to lie down. There are no toys and no distractions. Again they do not touch nor talk to me. This remains a work in progress but I have been successful a few times.
I am learning that there is a rule against jumping up on furniture, people and any items that catch my curiosity. Having the leash on me inside the house has been exceptionally helpful to redirect me.
I love my outdoor walks and can’t contain my joy when we head to the door. I am working on exiting the door safely so I don’t dart out and off. I don’t understand sit yet but we are working on it, and having me stop and settle before going out the door. My foster goes out the door first.
We have started to work on walking nicely with the leash. Initially, I tried walking ahead like a determined boy on a mission, but I am learning to walk alongside my foster. To help me with my pace and attention, my foster mom will change directions on me quickly. We have practiced following her lead on the driveway where she walks and changes directions often. I am getting much better at this when I am the only dog. I am young and when too much is going on I can be easily distracted. It would be helpful for us to have some balanced training to help me reach my goals and to develop our bond together.
When I have seen an unfamiliar dog, I bark very loudly and try to lunge their way. My foster mom shows me firmly with the leash that we needed to keep walking. If we find ourselves on the same side of the road, foster mom crosses the road to keep our distance. When I have seen bicycles I have been fine.
It took me several days to check out the dog bed in my foster home. I have since laid there for a few moments at a time with either and antler or toy. I discovered a couple of squeaky toys which were so much fun to play with. It seems that every day there is something new that catches my attention.
I sleep in a crate with a stuffed toy and an antler; I didn’t show much interest in a blanket.
I currently have a sheet over the top and 4 sides of my crate at night to reduce stimulation and provide a darker environment. Except a first whiny night, I have slept well through the nights since arrival ( 9:30pm to 6:30am).
I am fed in my crate and I am eager to enter the crate for my meals. Having my meal in there helps to maintain a positive environment in the crate.
I am crated during the day when my fosters are at work. I am very excited (anyone see the movie Happy Feet?) to get out of the crate when the fosters return home, and I love my afternoon walk.
As soon as I come out of the crate at any time I am taken straight outside to pee.
In the morning I return to my crate to eat and then shortly after we go for my morning walk.
When everyone is home we spend a couple of hours in the crate and a couple out of the crate. I settle well in there even if I am not immediately thrilled to go in. I am in the crate on and off to give me time to settle and absorb my new learning.
I have not had any accidents in my crate, and so far I have not peed in the house due to the diligent attention of my foster who stops me from marking by paying close attention to my body language and hind legs. When I start to gain a little more independence they will use a belly band to cover up my bits to ensure I don’t mark inside the house. I like to mark outside therefore I have one pee and then we focus on our walk.
I can get into the car Independently and I do well in the car. It’s best not to feed me right before a drive so I don’t get sick. I prefer to hide under the car seat protector or on the floor in the back seat. It is important that my leash is secured when we are travelling to prevent me from hopping on to your lap or out the door when you stop the car.
Note: 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.