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Husky / Mixed (medium coat) : : Male (neutered) : : Adult : : Medium
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Peat came to us after spending about 5 weeks at a small-town shelter. He had spent most of the first year of his life in an outdoor dog run with very little human interaction. An adolescent boy had entered the dog run, and in his excitement, Peat had jumped up and nipped him in his face. 2 adults got involved, and while correcting him he became reactive, both adults ended up with scratches from the interaction.
He came to his current foster family with the hope of getting him socialized and trained. He recently went on a weeklong road trip that included Las Vegas and Hollywood. He was walking mid-day down the strip in Las Vegas and Hollywood Blvd and did amazing. He showed no interest in the different smells, people, or animals that were present on the busy streets. Even with the extended time in the car, he did great.
He has been introduced to a dog kennel. He knows how to go into it for bedtime and will remain in it quietly. He is an escape artist and will get out of any dog kennel or dog run if left unsupervised, sometimes breaking the fence or door to do so. He also loves to dig and will dig under a fence to escape a yard if left unattended in a fenced yard. He knows basic obedience training (sit, down, laydown, stay, wait, leave it, and recall), how to walk on a leash with the proper equipment and instruction (he will chew through any fabric leash like it is nothing, so his leash needs to be chain), and will sit and shake both paws before getting his meals. He absolutely loves water and will dig and splash in it for fun. He thinks that buckets of any sort are toys and will dump them and play with them. He loves to play tug and gets very excited when he gets the zoomies around the yard. He loves to run and will escape a yard, but it is best to not chase him because he will think you are playing a game. Sit down on the ground and call him to you.
Peat will do best in a home with no other pets of any sort. He does moderately ok with large dogs if introduced properly. He will show aggression with large dogs if he feels he must fight for his resources (food, water, or even his humans). He does not do well with any sort of small animal or livestock and will kill them. (This includes rabbits, chickens, goats, hamsters, hedgehogs) He thinks he is playing and does not understand that he can’t play that rough. With cats it is more of a prey drive, he gets very focused on them. He has been around small dogs, but only through fencing. Given his history with other small animals, I would not trust him around small dogs.
He does still get reactive when he is corrected, or if someone grabs his collar. He will need a home with adults that do not allow the children to correct him in any way. He would do ok in a home with teenage children. He still jumps up when he gets excited and could potentially injure a smaller child. Due to his reactive nature, his training takes a lot of patience. He can be stubborn, so he will need someone that can be firm and consistent. He is not driven by food; attention is far more rewarding for him. He loves pets and cuddles. He is not 100% house trained and will mark if you aren’t paying attention.
Peats ideal home would be with people that have the time and physical stamina to keep up with his exercise needs and will keep moving forward with his training. He is a unique case, and needs to be handled accordingly.
More about Peat
Good with Dogs, Is Not Good with Kids, Good with Adults