Personality: Sir is a people pleaser who loves to cuddle and be around his people. He's food-motivated and loves to learn new things and show off his skills. Sir can be tentative when he hears loud noises or around fast movements, and will benefit from confidence building through positive associations with his environment. In a previous home, Sir was noted to be uncomfortable with the children in the house, especially with their quick movements and loud noises.
History: Sir came to us from a shelter in the Central Valley.
Dog skills: Sir participates in regular playgroups, and enjoys wrestling and playing chase with social dogs. He does best with social, confident, tolerant dogs and has done great being co-housed with a polite, social dog. He can become overwhelmed with forward or tense dogs, and does not do well with unaltered male dogs.
Cat skills: Sir was in a foster home with a cat and attempted to chase the cat.
Leash skills: Sir pulls on leash, and benefits from walking on a harness. He can sometimes vocalize when he sees other dogs while on leash.
Medical: Sir arrived with degenerative changes to his left hip joint, possible due to trauma. At HSSV, we performed a surgical procedure called a femoral head and neck ostectomy (FHO) on his left hip. He is still healing, and should be encouraged to exercise to strengthen that leg and return it to full use.
Sir also arrived with an old fracture to his right leg. The healing process was advanced to the point that surgery was no longer an option. The bone has healed in an abnormal position, and that leg bone is shorter than the same bone in the other leg. In some cases, abnormal alignment of a bone can cause arthritic changes in the future.
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