Kodiak (ADOPTED!) (in front in photo) is a 38 lb., Australian cattle dog pup. At 10 months old, he is still a puppy in almost an adult body. He is a very sweet, affectionate and playful guy, who adores human attention and petting. While Kodiak loves playing with other dogs, both male and female, he is primarily a dog who wants to be with his people/person, and is up for whatever you want to do.

He is a happy, medium-high energy boy, who also loves playing ball, frisbee. When at home, besides keeping tabs on his people, he will run and play “like a maniac” with his cattle dog foster sister, play with his toys, and after bursts of being busy, he will nap for one or two hours.  Link to a video of Kodiak playing:  https://youtu.be/RIPiL1uUoI8

He has many of the most desirable traits of a classic cattle dog. Kodiak is extremely bright, very much wants to please, and is a velcro dog. He does show some herding instinct, and will sometimes will gather and place his toys in a big pile. He also uses herding moves when playing with other dogs, frequently going for their feet. If in a multi-dog home, he should be with another very playful dog who understands this herding play style. We do not recommend him in a home with a tired senior dog who may not like a young dog nipping at his/her rear legs in an attempt to interact.

Kodiak is good on leash and will pretty much walk at your side. He is incredibly intelligent and learned the routines and rules of his foster home very quickly. As a cattle dog, he also wants to please his people and should be easy to train. His fosters have already taught him Sit, Down, Come, and they are working on Stay. He will also pee on command, and is completely housebroken. Kodiak still has a lot of puppy traits, and needs to learn manners. Sometimes he will playfully grab a shoe or piece of clothing and run away with it. He will not chew or destroy them, but just wants to play. Also, when excitedly greeting his people, he will jump up on them. When playing with people, Kodiak can get a little bit mouthy with hands, and is learning not to do that. He has never tried to mouth or nip at a persons heels, legs, or arms.

We learned that as a small puppy he was left alone for 8-12 hours a day. He was not socialized or exposed to very much. As a result, when out on walks, Kodiak is uneasy with all the input, and not sure what to do when first encountering new dogs or people. When he sees anyone at a distance, he becomes worried and barks at them. He is mostly a quiet dog, and this is pretty much the only time that he barks. If allowed to meet and sniff a friendly dog, Kodiak is immediately fine. When at the beach, friendly dogs have run up to him, and Kodiak comfortably greeted them with normal tail wagging and sniffing. He would do well in play groups with other dogs. We have not seen Kodiak around children, and he seems to not pay attention to cats that have passed during walks.

With people, once he has met someone, especially in a quiet setting, he is comfortable and will welcome you as an old friend. He is attentive, listens well, and wants to to please. Kodiak rides very nicely and quietly in the back seat of a car. Video of Kodiak meeting a new person at the shelter office:  https://youtu.be/TxCEazaR9p8

Kodiak does not like and avoids going into a crate. We believe that as a puppy in his original home, he was kept in a crate for most of the day. His fosters are showing him that it is a good place and he will not be locked in all day. Kodiak is beginning to feel comfortable enough to occasionally nap in it with the door left open.

Kodiak was surrendered to a government Animal Control shelter by a young man who works 60 hours per week, and wasn’t prepared for a cattle dog puppy. As a result, Kodiak did not receive the exercise, socialization, training, or personal attention that a young pup needs. With his growing size at 8 months old, coupled with his exuberant playfulness and cattle dog desire to be active and busy, his person surrendered this him to a kill shelter. Kodiak was so terrified at the shelter that he failed his behavioral evaluation miserably. He was deemed for “Rescue Only” and given a time limit to find rescue.

This pup has incredible potential. He should be introduced to new things at his pace, and not pushed into new situations. We are seeking experienced adopters who understand this breed, and are committed to meeting his needs for mental and physical exercise, working with him to teach him manners/appropriate behaviors, and provide the life experiences he needs to become the most amazing dog that we already see in him. Our boy would do well in a home with another friendly, playful dog to show him the ropes, or as an only dog, if he can be with his person/people most of the day, and has opportunity to socialize with other playful dogs.

If you are interested in meeting Kodiak, please begin by completing our adoption form at this link:  http://hittgv.org/index.php/adopt.  Please download and print the form to be completed. If you have questions about this dog, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a message at (707) 583-9583.


Our mission: To rescue, care for, and rehabilitate unwanted, abused, and neglected dogs of herding breeds, concentrating on Australian Cattle Dogs and Border Collies.

Our focus is on their permanent placement into appropriate, loving homes, and informing the public about the special nature and needs of herding breeds.

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