Azazel is a 3 year old male Lhasa Apso. She is a handsome little boy that has fallen into bad habits and testosterone fuelled tantrums. He is a fallen angel that needs someone to dedicate their time to teaching him how to be a good boy again. He came to us via a breed specific rescue when his adoption placement broke down and his adopters were no longer able to handle his aggressive outbursts. It was agreed that Azazel needed specialist training and rehabilitation before being a candidate for adoption again so he was signed over into our care. After an assessment period it became incredibly obvious that neutering him would help massively to deal with his unwanted behavior and even early signs are positive following his castration operation. It may take up to 3 months to see the full affects of the operation as his hormones settle but he is already 100 times less confrontational.
Azazel is basically a very bolshy teenager who has got his own way for a very long time now without correction. Unfortunately this has manifested in him being very volatile when told he cannot do something and having extremely aggressive outbursts. This is essentially a learned behavior and the further he pushes things the more he gets away with stuff which validates this behavior more for him. Azazel can put on quite a show, growling, showing his teeth and even biting. He bit his last owner and did break the skin, he can be quite frightening when he wants to go. He doesn’t jump straight to biting though and gives a fair bit of warning however it is definitely not out of the question for him.
Azazel’s behavior is manageable and has improved drastically since neutering. He is much less confrontational and can be redirected out of this behavior a lot easier. The key with him is to be incredibly firm. He needs a very dog savvy home who can read body language. He needs strict firm boundaries. He must not be allowed on the beds or sofas or something level to you and if ever you need to remove something from him it must be swapped out with something higher value, trying to take it off of him may cause him to bite. He must not be pandered to and in the event that he starts his growling, teeth showing etc a slip lead must be quickly placed on him and he must be removed from the situation and placed outside or in a separate room to calm down in an attempt to redirect this negative behaviour. That’s all it takes. However, as previously mentioned, as time passes from his neuter he is getting a lot less aggressive.
Azazel is really good with dogs and is friendly a social with everyone he meets. He barks continuously at one particular dog here at Pupcakes (who is a giant) but he also barks back at him so we think they may just be mortal enemies rather than him generally having a problem with dogs bigger than him. He doesn’t seem to have a problem with our resident Great Dane; just poor Sam our giant crossbreed. He really seems to like other Shitzu/Poodle types. We think he might be a breed snob. Azazel is actually perfect 90% of the time. He’s very sweet, animated and an affectionate little chap. He enjoys attention and loves a belly rub. He knows basic commands, is housebroken, crate trained, non destructive in the home and happy to be left for reasonable duration of time. He is really lovely when he is managed correctly and knows he can’t push boundaries.
Azazel needs a home that is experienced with reactive outbursts and will not be bullied by him. Adopters need to stand their ground and deal with the situation quickly and calmly in order to not exacerbate his outburst further and deter him from thinking that this behavior gets a reaction. Adopters will also need to continue with the training the rescue has put in place here so that Azazel is set up to succeed in his new home. Due to his temper tantrums and the fact he has a bite history we cannot accept applications from homes with visiting or resident children under 13. He is a sweet boy who loves people and having a belly rub. Azazel will benefit from a home that is active; he loves to walk and when he’s regularly exercised his outbursts improve dramatically. A tired dog is a happy dog we always say and he has great potential to flourish within a supportive home.
Azazel is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped and will be subject to a home check and adoption donation.
Pupcakes offer all adopters 4 weeks free insurance with Petplan and a complimentary voucher for a box of free food from “Nutriment Raw.”