|Good w/Kids: Over 10
||Good w/Dogs: Selective about Dog Friends
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A bit about Bruno. He is a gorgeous 80lb male boxer that was an owner surrender to Legacy. He came healthy, up to date on shots and neutered. He also came with papers. He was unfortunately put out in the back yard with his sister and a shock collar that he continually tested. It had left some scarring underneath his neck and we believe was one of the things that has caused his anxiety issues.
I have had him for about 10 months working with him on some of his anxiety. He is a wonderfully behaved dog who will need a dog savvy owner willing to work on continual training with him and also be very aware of his signs when he is getting uncomfortable. No little kids but preteen and older dog savvy kids are fine. Mostly a calm household needed. If you have kids running in and out of the house slamming the door all the time this probably isn't the best dog. I do own a daycare and he is used to the crying babies and my occasional playing the radio while I am cleaning but overall my house is pretty chill.
He is a big baby and wants to be by you all the time. The last couple months he is slowly learning that it is ok to snuggle with mom on the couch or on the bed. He has his spot at the end of the bed and we are in this routine of him putting his head on my ankle or he leans his whole body on my leg with his head at my feet. He has a very large deep bark but does not bark much. He has finally started to really become protective of me and this house, but it took about 6 or more months. He is chill for the most part. He will get excited to see you though when you come home and loves to play tug of war with his toys and chase my Nala around the yard at times. In just the last couple months he is able to stay home for a few hours without the crate. Any more than that and he gets bored and mad at you which turns into destroying anything with stuffing in it. As long as there are no pillows around itís all good. If he is left alone with a pillow, letís just say the pillow loses the fight. :)
Future Forever Home Needs
- Single story home, no more than a couple of stairs. No apartments.
- Not gone all day to work. Someone that works from home or is retired. Will need to be home FULL TIME. Errands and events on the weekend are fine but long stretches several days in a row increase his anxiety tremendously.
- Would be a great only dog or would love a buddy. Mid-Large, submissive dogs ok. No small dogs, he plays too rough with them, not in a mean way but he roughhouses and would need a dog that loves active rough playing. He is just a big baby. :)
- Dog Savvy and willing to continually work on behavioral training methods and things that reduce his anxiety.
- Person willing to walk him at least several times a week if not more, doesnít have to be far.
- Willing to invest in a new D.A.P. collar for his anxiety, monthly around $20-25 a month. This is mandatory.
- Need be financially able to take him to the behaviorist on occasion for more training tips or advice if anything changes. But with using all the methods I will show you it should keep his anxiety in check.
- Willing to crate him when you leave the house at first, may in time be able to leave him out and about for a few hours.
- Willing to invest in a thunder shirt for him. It works wonders on him when company is over or some situation that he needs to stay calm, thunderstorms etc.
- Strong enough to handle him if he sees another dog on a walk he doesn't like. I wouldn't say he has leash aggression but he has on occasion barked. Again that is less and less the more we work with him and the more he gets walked. I am not a large female so don't worry ladies he is very manageable and walks great on a leash.
He would be a great dog for a retired person or couple that have the time and want to spoil a beautiful, loving and well behaved dog. But he is not going to be that dog you can take to the dog park or just have around anyone and be ok. He is picky with his people friends and his doggy friends. But with proper intro's on both ends he does ok. I personally am right there with him. Come on we can't all like everyone right? :) I have found he is very intuitive and very sensitive to people's energy so I don't ignore how he reacts to other people or dogs. He is VERY smart.
Well it pains me to write this and I know I am going to cry my eyes out the day I have to hand him over to his new parents but it is for the best. I am trying to downsize to just one dog in the house for multiple reasons otherwise I would adopt him in a heartbeat. My Nala loves him more than any dog we have had in this house and I hope she is ok after he leaves. If you want to meet this big love contact Legacy and we can set up a time to meet. He is a sweetheart and will be a wonderful addition to your family.
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