l M | 1 Y | Collie mix | 30 lbs | Medium energy | Shy | Learning the basics | Very affectionate | Likes quieter areas | Apprehensive of dogs/people – needs proper intros | Not cat tested | Likely ok with older kids
SAMMY says “hiiii, thanks for giving me such a warm welcome to Toronto. Do you know it’s very loud here?” This guy is definitely still getting his bearings and prefers quieter areas of the city without so many loud noises. Streetcars, car horns, construction, oh my! He does love walks though so with the continued exposure we think he’ll become more comfortable. We've started socialization training while in foster care and Sammy has benefited immensely from it. He was initially quite leash reactive and would bark or pull towards other dogs. He has come a long way and rarely barks or pulls anymore; Sammy requires a home that will continue to work on training so he can continue with his progress. He listens well on leash though when comfortable with his human(s) and takes correction well. Sammy is nervous and does not like meeting new people. His new family will have to be prepared for an adjustment period, be respectful of his space and boundaries and built his trust slowly. He is very affectionate with his people once he builds trust and is generally chill in the home. Reminder though that affection(when socially motivated) should be given as praise to an insecure dog, rather than 'whenever we feel like it' so that they can better understand who is the alpha in the home. He requires an experienced owner who will help him build trust with humans and continue his socialization. An advocate, really. To be fair, all of our dogs need one of those ;) But SAMMY moreso. He is more nervous of men and will sometimes growl to let you know he's uncomfortable. A quieter suburan home away from the noise and bustle of the city is the best fit for SAMMY in order to continue to build his confidence. He is definitely not a social butterfly and is not a good fit for a home with lots of people coming & going. This means very little footwork. No parties, excessive roommates, lots of visitors, etc. SAMMY is chill and wants to be a homebody, and will do best with a likeminded owner. He’s pretty much mastered basic commands and is learning to follow instructions and improving daily. He’s starting to be food motivated which helps with training seeing as he has zero interest in toys, womp! He’s nervous of bigger dogs and doesn’t like when dogs are too forward. If you haven't figured it out by now, this dude like a slow pace of everything. Keeping it easy, not too forward. Can you be the advocate that he needs? We know there's a playful dude in there trying to build the confidence to come out, he just needs a strong and consistent leader. That could also be in the form of another dog (and human). He’s met a child on the street who was respectful of his space and he was fine to say hello, but he should only go to a home with dog-savvy children who will give him his space. He should not be in a home with young children. If you’d like to be SAMMY's life long advocate, fill out an application to adopt today!