Archie is a 2 year old male Husky Cross. He has brilliant recall and he’s happy to play with dogs he meets in the park and he will share and play with a bone with another dog. Archie is crate trained. Archie is an adorable bundle of fun. He is house trained. He loves company and likes nothing more than a cuddle and a chat. He is great around other dogs and just wants to play with them. He walks well on the lead and is happy to be left for a couple of hours in the house. This fun filled boy was in a dogs home in danger of being put to sleep. Hes just a nice medium sized pet.
When we first had him he was unsure of himself, strangers and older people but Archie has benefited from having period of time boarding with a behaviourist to help him work through his nervousness and now Archie does not get worried when strangers come to visit or when he sees older people or even when the Hoover is switched on! Archie has lived with children in his foster home and loves them – he considers himself one of them, however we feel he would be best suited to a home without children as he likes a quiet life.
Update 7th January 2012 : We discovered that Archie had a few issues, due to the way he had been treated in the past, they were mainly due to him being a very frightened little boy. Archie has spent the last few weeks living with a behaviourist who has helped him to settle down and discover that life is not so frightening after all.
Feedback from his behaviourist : Archie had fear aggression to-wards old folks with sticks, food possessiveness and a few other behavioural issues. I have been working 5 – 6 hours a day with Archie and another dog and Archie’s progress has been fantastic. His food possession has stopped, I can stroke him while he feeds, ears, face and mouth. He has had minimum of 3hrs a day walking with my pack, most of it now off leash he has met several dogs at local country park with only a couple of ‘blips’. At present if he meets dogs off leash, if it looks as though it might escalate, I can call him away and he returns immediately.
Today I took him to an Old Folks Home, where he met several elderly people, took treats from them, and allowed them to pet him. He exhibited no signs of fear, nerves or aggression. Archie is now ready for a Forever Home, but he will need an experienced owner, preferably male,who can offer plenty of exercise, leadership, rules and boundaries. If this is fulfilled I assure you Archie will be an absolute pleasure and a faithful companion and friend. I truly wish I could keep Archie but this would not be in Archie’s best interest, although he has bonded with little Penny, another dog I have been helping and my resident collie/greyhound bitch aged 10 years old. I am so proud and pleased with Archie’s progression he will make an amazing companion for some lucky person.”
Archie is in a foster home in Solihull near Birmingham, West Midlands.
UPDATE 29th January from Archies fosterers :When we first had Archie he was unsure of himself,strangers and older people but Archie has benefited from having a boarding period with a behaviourist to help him work through his nervousness and now Archie does not get worried when strangers come to visit or older people or even when the Hoover is switched on! He has brilliant recall now and hes still happy to play with dogs he meets in the park. He is the ideal family dog and is crate trained and good for personal protection. He will share and play with a bone with anther dog. We need a home who can keep up the fantastic training the behaviourist gave him and they will be rewarded 1000 times over with Archies love and faithfulness and adoration. He is vaccinated, wormed, flea treated. He will be castrated before being rehomed.