Booker! 

AKA Booky, Booger, Bugz, Bean, Boog

2 years | Husky X German Shepard | Tan, Black and White Coat | House trained | Dog Selective- Proper introductions | High Energy | Good with respectful Children 13+ | Working on Leash Manners | No Small animals 

***Booker We know his face is pretty to look at, but Booker is looking for an experienced home! Please read the entirety of his bio to see if you and your family would be a good match for him.***

 

While all information regarding Booker's breed is based on personality and physical characteristics, we're pretty confident those two gorgeous eyes confirm the internal breed characteristic struggle we see in this boy.

 

 Now for the not so good:

Booker has not had the start to life that we would hope for one of our own dogs and as a result can be quite insecure when meeting new people. This can present as barrier aggression (with his crate), reactivity and resource guarding items he deems valuable. Since arriving in care in April of 2021 Booker has come a LONG way with his training and has stopped barrier aggression with his foster mom (it is important to note that this is relationship specific built on mutual trust!), will happily trade items for a piece of kibble and receives all his meals by hand or within the safety of his crate without issue. When new guests arrive Booker has learned to wait with his foster mom in a heel on leash until his guests have settled in and everyone is calm before he is invited to sniff and meet his new visitor when mom feels appropriate. 

The bad:

Booker and his crate have a love/hate relationship. He will absolutely race to his crate the moment the food scoop comes out and he loves relaxing in his crate when his family is around, however similar to many dogs his age we are seeing fairly significant separation anxiety that is improving daily, however currently would make him an unwelcome guest in attached housing. He also has been known to be a master escape artist, so foster mom has kindly dedicated her beloved Gunner Kennel, an escape proof and heavy duty crate to help end the fun game of hide and go seek. While unsupervised Booker must also spend time here to practice that the crate doesn't mean his family is leaving and also to prevent him from getting into puppy trouble around the house (socks and the garbage are some of his favourite).

 

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Unfortunately the Covid puppy syndrome doesn't end there and there has been a severe lack of socialization with other pets in Bookers life and while he has gained confidence with his current roommates, it is under a very strictly monitored situation which we don't feel would suite him long term. He is more than happy to walk alongside dogs of all kinds provided they have leash manners and are respectful, however living in a home for other dogs would not be feasible for booker due to his resource guarding and insecurity.

 

and as always, the best for last!

Booker is one of those heart dogs, those that take the time to get to know him have fallen head over heels for this challenging boy. If foster mom did not have a pack of her own, you bet your bottom he would be home to stay! He loves to work and his engagement and willingness to learn is infectious. He has challenged his foster mom to learn new and exciting confidence building activities and has mastered each one in no time. Foster mom would love to see him go to a sport home (even beginner- novice) as she thinks he would pick up agility, dock diving, rally, scenting or any sports combining any of these in a heartbeat. Booker enjoys going for runs with moms good friend, playing tug and release (which helps him to improve his resource guarding) and has and has picked up basic agility and even has begun the process of gaining confidence on the rock climbing wall as a passenger - can you say America's Next Top Dog?!

 

Booker walks like a dream on the leash with his training tools and has rarely shown any reactivity and is corrected easily. He is a man on a mission on the pavement and is up for just about any adventure so long as it doesn't involve dogs in his face. He loves with all his heart and quickly ignores new human friends need for personal space by what we lovingly refer to as "Ostriching" his head in-between your legs or arm pits. Booker is also a sucker for belly rubs, which are often a trap for the beginnings of a tug and release game. He adores playing fetch with his ball (his favorite ball) or his stuffed Iguana and makes a wonderful travel partner in the car (crated for his safety). 

We are hoping to find a home for Booker with someone(s) active without children, pets or neighbors concerned about husky voices. Booker will be a foster-to-adopt and require mandatory continuing training during that time as well as post adoption. If you think you can provide what Booker needs, please complete a detailed application to tell us why!