|~8 Years Old||Male||Labrador Retriever Mix||64 lbs|
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Working on crate/leash training. Tends to pull when he sees wildlife. May bark at other dogs if they are on high alert. Has had a Chelazion removed and does have come scarring in his corneas.
Has had a Chelazion removed
|No Cats||Hasn’t Met||Lives with older children|
My name is Spritz and I am a male Labrador Retriever Mix. I am approximately 8 years old, am vaccinated, microchipped, neutered and weigh 29.2kg. Although I am an older dog, I have a lot of pep left in my step and my foster family says that I have a lot of “hops” in me. I love going on car rides and jumping in and out of the back of the SUV – I don’t need any help at all and if I’m told to “stay”, I won’t try and jump out! That being said, my foster family plays it safe and leaves a bit of my leash on the outside for easy access and will hold on to it before opening the back to let me out. Although I do love my car rides, sometimes I will sing softly in the back and I don’t think the humans like it very much. The humans have found that if you open the window I will relax and take in all the beautiful road flying past me!
I like a lot of attention both inside and outside and will rub up on your legs and put my head under your hands to try and get some love. I’ve overheard the humans tell the kids that everyone needs to do a “planned ignore” with me and this has been helping me settle into my place with my foster family by letting me know that I should follow their lead. This has also helped me learn to relax and my foster family has learned that if they tell me to “go lay down”, I’ll trot over to my bed and take some time for myself. When I first came down to the sunny south, I had a really hard time learning how to settle down. My foster mom had to sit/stand on my leash if she wanted me to sit or lay down, in the early days this took a really long time! Now that I have adjusted to this new atmosphere and so long as I can see other people, I have found it easier to just lay down and rest. I may resort to being unsettled in my new forever home, so it’s really important that you’re patient with me and stick to clear boundaries and rules so that I can learn my new surroundings. It’s important that my forever family follow the no attention rule for at least a month to prevent separation anxiety.
It is also important that my forever family know that I have been seen by a specialist in respect to my eyes. They found that I had an eyelid margin swelling that affected my left eyelid – they called it a chelazion and I had it removed in early August. My forever home should know that there is a possibility that it could come back and result in my needing surgery again, so it is important to monitor my big beautiful brown eyes. They also found that I had scarring in my corneas, but the doctor said that my vision will not be meaningfully affected by their presence and they don’t expect me to have any issues with my sight down the road. I am currently not on any medications for my eyes, but it is important that my forever home continue to monitor me for any signs of discomfort and seek medical advice if this were to occur.
I don’t live with any other animals in my foster home and because of pandemic restrictions, I haven’t really been around any other animals during my stay here. Before I came down south, Finding Them Homes was informed that I do not get along with cats. It is important that I go to a home that does not have any feline friends. I was recently around some other dogs at a FTH meet and greet. I was really excited and pulled really hard to try and see them. I just couldn’t contain my excitement so I kept jumping up and down and barking at them. It’s important to know that if my forever home has other dogs living there, a proper introduction will be required and I should be supervised until we get to know each other. If my forever home does have other dogs, it might be a good idea to have me eat in my crate at first to ensure that I don’t start to resource guard. That being said, I have seen other dogs on my walks and although I pull a little bit when I see another dog, I have been easily redirected with a quick turn around and walking in the other direction for a few feet and then turning back around to walk more calmly past the other dog(s).
I have seen the odd human friend drop by for driveway visits and although I initially get really excited and jump up and down, I settle after being told “that’s enough” and have done really well with meeting them. My foster family says that I do better with meeting smaller groups and they always tell the other humans to ignore me at first – no eye contact or petting … no fun! I love going on long walks and am fascinated by the wildlife that is around. I get pretty excited and tend to pull when going on walks, but once I feel that quick tug on my leash I know not to pull too much and am happy to walk alongside you. To be honest, sometimes I pull so much because I’m looking for the perfect spot to do my thing and once I’m done, I’ll settle in for a nice trot. I also try to mark a lot when I am on my walks. My foster family has worked really hard with me and don’t allow me to mark whenever I want – if they feel me starting to pull over to the tall grass that I love so much, they keep a firm grasp on my leash and lead me away from it. The humans have said that I’m a strong boy, so they don’t let the kids hold on to my leash when we walk – I live with 2 human boys ages 10 and 6.
The first 4 weeks I was with these humans, they kept me on a leash to help with getting me comfortable with my new surroundings and for safety. I also like to follow the humans around the house and have been working on some basic commands. My foster family says that I’m pretty stubborn, but so far I can sit, stay/wait, and when told to go lay down – will lay in my dog bed. They keep telling me “down” and trying to lead me to the floor, but so far my understanding of this is that they do not want me to pounce on their hand with my paws. When I first came to my foster family, they found that I did not like loud noises. They are now happy to say that I don’t let those things bother me anymore. Last night we had a wicked storm with lots of lightning and thunder and I was a brave doggo and didn’t make a sound in my crate. I repositioned myself and went right back to sleep any time the loud clapping noise would wake me up!
Throughout the day and for sleeping the humans tell me that I have to go inside my crate. The humans will walk me to my crate with my leash and tell me to “go in” and I happily trot along inside. The humans have also found that I like my crate being covered by a sheet. I don’t normally like anything in my crate with me, but the odd time I will bring in a toy that I like to make snort once in a while (the humans think I should mention that I do not like toys with a high pitched squeak – it is my mission to destroy them all). Sometimes if I am in my crate and I can see people in the house, I let my displeasure be known by whimpering and sometimes softly howling. In the evening, I go in to my crate without a fuss and usually go right off to sleep – the humans tell me “it’s bed time” and that’s my cue to get going. The humans make sure to take me out to “do my business” prior to bedtime and this has ensured that I don’t wake them up at night. But just in case, if you hear me whining and letting out little yelps at night, it usually means that I need to go outside. The odd time that this has happened, my foster family has said that I settle back in really quickly and they seem to appreciate that.
I have also recently become aware of items that are left on the countertops. My foster mom was baking the other day and she noticed that I was trying to steal the eggs off the counter. In my defense they were rolling around and I was just trying to keep them safe, but I don’t think she believed me. She did tell me I was quite gentle with them because I didn’t break them, but since then I have not been allowed in the kitchen. One of the bigger humans will make sure that I am told to sit and stay just outside of the kitchen and I have been doing quite well with this boundary. I have tried to sneak in a few times, but my sniffer sometimes gets the best of me when they’re making food – especially anything with meat in it.
That being said, I am very food motivated. I was pretty thin when I first came down south and the humans think this may have something to do with why I love food so much! It is important that my forever home keep an eye on me around food. I get pretty excited and sometimes don’t know how to stop myself. I eat in a nice little spot in the dining area and when putting food in my bowl, the humans get me to sit and stay because one time, I tried to bowl them over to get there. While I will do pretty much anything for food, it is important that I stay at an appropriate weight to prevent any weight related health issues down the road.