Personality: Buddy the Elf is a tall, dark and handsome boy looking for an active home that can keep up his love for life. He is a high energy boy in need of lots of exercise (walking, hiking, running) and mental enrichment (training, puzzle toys, scent work). Buddy would benefit from basic obedience classes, he is treat motivated and very willing to learn new things. He would love an adult, active, experienced home that has worked with large, rowdy dogs before. Post-adoption scholarship sponsored by Pedigree Foundation. The scholarship is for a complimentary training session with a certified dog trainer.
History: Buddy came to us from a shelter in Central Valley.
Dog Skills: Buddy gets verrrrry excited upon seeing other dogs, especially if he is on leash or behind a fence. He expresses his excitement by barking and pulling towards the dog of interest. He has shown a lot of progress when he is walked behind another dog and only allowed to say hello and interact once he has calmed down. It is highly recommended that Buddy's adopters work with a positive reinforcement trainer who can help with his reaction towards other dogs.
Cat Skills: Buddy will chase a cat if opportunity presents itself.
Leash Skills: Buddy is a very strong boy and pulls on leash when he is excited or when he wants to approach another dog. It is recommended that adopters use a front-clip harness or head-halti to help Buddy learn loose leash walking.