Redd (ADOPTED!) is now living on huge farm learning how to be country dog! He is learning about livestock and how to play with the other dogs - and sleeps by the fireplace after a busy day!
He is a 46 lb. boy, who at 2 years old, still has a very puppy-like, energetic personality. He is very friendly with all people (men and women, alike), and loves to play. He is quite a happy and enthusiastic boy, always wagging his tail. Redd adores water - in all ways. He loves the beach, a creek, jumping into a pool, water from a hose, etc. He also enjoys playing with stuffed toys, and does NOT destroy them. And, he is very big on playing ball and fetching. Our boy has a very balanced and confident personality, and is neither dominant or submissive. He meets new people politely, and is not all over you. Redd is very attentive, and is definitely a cuddler and a velcro dog, who loves human attention and being close to you.
Depending on the amount of exercise he is given, Redd is a moderate to moderately high energy dog. He is extremely smart and learns very quickly, and loves training work. This is a very well trained boy. He knows several commands, including sit, stay, twist, twirl, spin, drop it, touch, gentle. As a teenager, Redd will need quite a bit of exercise and activity to occupy his busy brain, and is NOT a dog to be left alone for 8 hours each day. He would be a fantastic sport dog. He has done a little flyball. His love of playing in water, plus the fact that he is more motivated by a ball than food, makes him an ideal dog for splash ball! Redd is completely housebroken and is a perfect passenger in the back seat of a car. He walks well on leash, and when walking on a country road, has learned to stop and lay down when a car passes.
Redd is very good with children. If children are running, he will begin to run after them, but if they stop or freeze, Redd will stop too. If they continue to run he may try to herd them, by pushing or bumping them. Redd is conflicted about meeting other dogs. He loves playing with other dogs, and can be vocal when playing, but he is not good with all dogs. He has met and gets along with very balanced, calm dogs. When first meeting other dogs, especially on leash, he may lunge or act bossy. If an alpha dog pushes back, Redd will back off and then respect that dog. When on leash walks, if he sees other dogs he becomes anxious, crying or barking and pulling. If other dogs are in view, and you keep him walking at a brisk pace, he will often be fine. A few months ago, he was attacked and injured by a rottweiler, which could be part of the reason he is now very anxious when seeing unknown dogs approach. We also believe that Redd was not socialized during his first year of life, and as a result, is not comfortable when meeting or being around other dogs. He is still young, and needs an adopter who has strong dog training experience and is a calm, yet clear leader. Redd needs to learn how to meet other dogs calmly and politely, and realize that a strange dog will not be a threat to him.
We are told that he is not good with cats, and wants to chase. We believe that Redd would be a great only dog, with someone who has the time to give him the physical and mental work he needs. He may also be fine with calm, balanced dogs in a multi-dog household. However, in is desire for the attention of his people, he will sometimes try to hog the attention by squeezing himself between his person and another dog.
If you are interested in this dog, please complete and submit our online adoption form, by hitting the Adopt tab on our website: hittgv.org .