BUDDY


State:  Western NY
Age:    6 years
DOB:  04/16/2013
Weight:  55 lbs
Sex:  Male
Spayed/UTD: Yes/Yes
Coat Color:  Fawn
Docked Tail:  Yes
Cropped Ears:  No
Children under 4:  No (no history)
Children over 4: No
Separation Anxiety:  No
Other Dogs:  No
Cats: No
Crate Trained:  Yes
House Trained: yes
Leash Trained: yes
Obedience Trained:  No
Adoption Fee:  $450

10/28/2018 Buddy continues to do well with us and has put on some weight. The problem we will have now is cutting back the extra food as he has become a food hound kicking at the door when he feels we have not fed him enough or on time. Fits can ensue. Buddy is loving and playful with his family pack and he always has one of his balls or is watching it. This guy can be a bit rough but in play but has never done more than bounce a tooth off my knuckles. Since his arrival Buddy has gone from spastic crazy if I am near him to being able to relax even snuggling with me but only for short times and than he gets his space, the time snuggling has been increasing as the days pass.

Buddy is a home protector now that he feels that this is his home. He will warn off walkers and delivery people to protect from entry to the home. He is serious about this!  Due to his protective nature care must be taken when introducing new people to the house, however once you are in you are golden this guy loves his people. We do not open the door to greet new people with him free and about he is contained first! When Buddy is in barking zone I will get the leash and lasso his head to remove him for safety of both of us. When he is in the zone it takes a bit to get him out and I try not to join in yelling as he does not need any help being loud. I will however give him a sharp AHH! to stop him from returning to protect the windows and he usually returns to sitting in the dog chair.

Buddy is powerful and fast as lightning he is the most energetic boxer we have had and we have had a lot. Buddy is HIGH ENERGY BOOM!, just to be clear and he lives to squeaker ball. Buddy will sit and stay not always great with this unless he is coming in from outside where he will sit and wait for us to clean his paws so we make sure to at least check them every time and give him the ok to go all the way in. This guy should be trainable and really could use the input daily. He is a working dog and needs a proper job like agility training or something of that nature.

Buddy has occasionally shown fear to me under some circumstances snapping a sharp bark warning at me but almost instantly retreats to a sit and shame posture when this happens. He has never made contact with me in these events. I make sure to reassure him that he is safe at all times and give him nothing to fear. This is usually when he is rough housing and i grab or poke at him the wrong way I guess. Buddy is much more cautious with my mother and I suspect protective of her. He is a bit much for her as he wants to be dominant and his energy level is a bit much. She still loves the guy and he keeps her busy all day every day no matter weather she likes it at the time or not.   

He is a good boy and does not like to be crated, words "Load Up!"  mean retreat to dog chair to him and he will resist if you try to handle him to put him in the crate. Leash is needed or better yet toss his ball and get the door quick. Recently however we have seen him go and nap in the crate but he doesn't like when we notice and departs once we see him.

10/12/18-Buddy is doing great after some time to settle in. He is getting better about the window and yard protection he was showing when he first got here.  Buddy is very active and high strung and will need cautious proper introductions with strangers as he can be snappy and unsure when meeting new people. He needs trust building and a firm but loving home. He really likes to rough house (play) with people and its best to not let that get started as he ramps up very quickly. He does become mouthy at these times but is keen not to bite his humans but he nibbles your arm (like biting a flea!) and these do pinch a bit  Buddy has mostly killed one of the KONG tennis ball squeakers so I went out and got another 2 pack of the over-sized extra durable balls and he always has one with him naps with them. He tends to chew and squeak one when he is nervous or wants something like going out or wants to eat early. It was driving him nuts when the old ball quit squeaking and he would not stop with it until I found the insert and fixed it "He lives for the things".  He is a talker too.  He is still quite lean even with getting 4 meals a day but this may be due to the fact that he often is busy playing nonstop until its time for a nap. Buddy seems to do fine at the fence with the neighbors dog now.  He will stop protecting his yard from walkers if I give him a sharp stop command.  Buddy is a guy I would supervise in the yard and has a high prey drive.  Buddy is not a calm in house dog and needs a of of exercise.  Leaping over furniture is like a slow walk across the room to this boy.  Do you have the energy and time to make Buddy happy?


10/12/18-Buddy is doing great after some time to settle in. He is getting better about the window and yard protection he was showing when he first got here.  Buddy is very active and high strung and will need cautious proper introductions with strangers as he can be snappy and unsure when meeting new people. He needs trust building and a firm but loving home. He really likes to rough house (play) with people and its best to not let that get started as he ramps up very quickly. He does become mouthy at these times but is keen not to bite his humans but he nibbles your arm (like biting a flea!) and these do pinch a bit  Buddy has mostly killed one of the KONG tennis ball squeakers so I went out and got another 2 pack of the over-sized extra durable balls and he always has one with him naps with them. He tends to chew and squeak one when he is nervous or wants something like going out or wants to eat early. It was driving him nuts when the old ball quit squeaking and he would not stop with it until I found the insert and fixed it "He lives for the things".  He is a talker too.  He is still quite lean even with getting 4 meals a day but this may be due to the fact that he often is busy playing nonstop until its time for a nap. Buddy seems to do fine at the fence with the neighbors dog now.  He will stop protecting his yard from walkers if I give him a sharp stop command.  Buddy is a guy I would supervise in the yard and has a high prey drive.  Buddy is not a calm in house dog and needs a of of exercise.  Leaping over furniture is like a slow walk across the room to this boy.  Do you have the energy and time to make Buddy happy?

9/7/18- Buddy has calmed down quite well, he is like a different dog. We can talk to him without his getting all wound up.  Sometimes he doesn't even lift his head in response,  The first week would have started him running around with a toy and wanting to play and getting more excited by the minute.  The squeaky tennis ball has been the favorite. He likes to get petted and will just lay there or lean into you and soak it up. That was not the case at first. Yesterday he was so relaxed his muscles were like mush. We are starting to see the real Buddy.

 

When outside if a squirrel or rabbit is in the yard he gets animated and runs around the yard barking. But even then he stops after a few trips around the yard. And it is not hard to get him to go inside to curb the excitement. He also barks at strangers outside but will come in to calm him down.

 

He has been sleeping with me and in the dog chair (his favorite spot) depending on his mood. The crate is up but he has not gone in there often except to get a toy. The last few days he has laid down in there a few times for several minutes. 

8/27/18-Here is the background info on Buddy.  He was an owner surrender to a local shelter due to divorce and they didn’t have enough time for him now. He didn’t live with any other pets or kids but is said to not like cats and is afraid of other dogs.  The shelter had him a month but he was stressed out there. He is said to be great with people and kids but since no history of living with kids under 4 we would not place him with younger kids.  Aldo he’ll need a home without other dogs since he is not thrilled with them and is selective about ones he meets. 
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