Frazer is the most intelligent, loving, funny little cross-breed man and will be 1 year old in October and has been in a home for the last five months where basic training has happened and he has learned quickly and well. He is now looking for a furever home where he’ll benefit from one to one interaction and lots of stimulation and onward training.
His current human mum writes:-
Whilst he often takes himself off for a nap in his own space, he does love human company and likes to be in the same room especially if he can actually be touching. He lies on feet, under the desk or table, squishes up on the sofa and pesters for attention. He loves hugs and cuddles. When he arrived he was wary of strange men, but with help from the villagers he has overcome this. He will still bark occasionally at people but it’s more of an excitement bark. He still needs careful introductions as he can be boisterous and even overwhelming for some.
He is fully housetrained and responds well to clicker training. He is crate trained and eats his meals and treats in his crate. He often just goes in there to chill. He can be left for three hours at the moment with toys and water in his crate. He has calming music on and makes a lot of fuss and noise when we come back in, but quickly settles when let out of his crate. He sleeps with his humans upstairs but despite having his own raised bed, he sleeps on the floor most of the time. We feel he needs a home where that arrangement would be continued as he may struggle otherwise.
He loves his toys but in typical Staffy fashion he is quite destructive and loves de-stuffing them. He will run after a ball or his frisbee but doesn’t bring it back – yet! He loves, really loves, water and will play in puddles or the pond and he loves splashing around in a paddling pool. He has no recall at present so is only let off lead in a closed environment. I’m sure that this could be worked on as he responds well to the clicker and may be good with a whistle. He is very food orientated so with high value treats a lot can be accomplished.
He was quite poorly when he came and had a nasty stomach bug which has left him with a sensitive tummy. He has sensitive tummy food and has supplements with fibre and probiotics. He loves live yogurt, some fruit and veg and is doing well on a clean diet. At the moment he is due tests for low thyroid activity and we are taking advice from a specialist vet and also behaviourist to look at how to best help him. Thyroid can also impact on behaviour so we are also hopeful once that’s sorted he will settle quicker too. Frazer has a retained testicle which may need removing sooner rather than later as it will be producing more testosterone than is normal – FFH will cover the full costs of the surgery.
Frazer isn’t too keen on a shower or bath (which he needed after being in the sea), but it can be done. He likes being brushed but nail trimming is a bit traumatic. We have started using a silicone lick pad with primula cheese spread on it to help him cope. It takes two of us at the moment but he is getting happier with it every time. He is happy for his ears and teeth to be examined. He doesn’t like the vet much and can’t wait in the waiting room yet due to the other animals being too stimulating, but he is getting used to being examined head to toe every time we go. The more he experiences things the better he is.
He travels well in the car and sits harnessed on the back seat on a hammock and bed and he loves it! He can see out of the front window and feels included. Even in a small car he is fine travelling this way.
Frazer loves his walks and although he pulls to start with will settle into a nice easy slow walk when encouraged with treats. We do treat search training in the grass at the park, and while walking we practice heel, sit, paw, down, stand and he is learning to come back, circle and sit by my side. He is very treat orientated but needs to work on not snatching the treats. He is extremely intelligent and a quick learner. He wants to please and is a joy to train. He loves to sniff, jump in puddles, chew clumps of grass and generally loves being in the open air. He would walk for hours if you have the time.
Frazer is part GSD so has a guarding instinct. He barks when people come to the door, but so do four other dogs! We believe with training in a quieter house, this behaviour could be easily addressed. He is also reactive to other dogs on his walks and is responding to treat training and distraction. Caroline the FFH behaviourist is working with him on this issue. She is spending time one to one with him to put together a complete professional report and then will support the adopting family to help them integrate and settle. Frazer would be happiest as a single dog in a home where someone has the time and energy that he needs. He’s a bouncy, boisterous, playful, inquisitive and smart boy and will need someone who likes a dog with character.
Frazer is near Stafford at the minute and we suggest rehome in Midlands, Shropshire, Staffs, Mid & North Wales, Cheshire and Wirral areas.