Let me tell you about 'little' man Moose. To start, the only thing little about him is his height. The size he believes that he is, his bark and his personality are GIANT in comparison. Moose is the perfect mix of a Blue Heeler, Beagle and Bulldog; smart, stubborn and handsome as heck. Moose is approximately 2 years old and is very much a puppy and very much in need of a life full of training!
Currently, Moose lives in a house with his foster mom and furry siblings and he lives a very structured life - one that is necessary for him. Moose works on his crate training daily and is fully house trained. Moose is working on his house manners and even after being in his foster home for a few months now, he cannot be trusted to wander out of his foster mom’s sight. Moose does fairly well on leash and will only pull for the first few minutes. The only other time that he will try to pull is if he sees another dog or if he sees a small animal that is very close to him; he thinks that saying hi to everyone and everything is appropriate! He does like to go on runs but when there are multiple people on the run, he will try to herd whoever is not holding onto his leash. Moose's favorite thing to do is to play fetch; He would play all day with a few breaks in his pool if he was allowed to!
Currently, Moose works for his meals through training and puzzle games and although he does well with it, he is very smart and it doesn't take him long to figure out that his foster mom is working on getting some of his energy out! Moose does need tougher toys as he will destroy ones that are, in his words, weak. Moose currently knows 'sit', 'down', 'wait', ‘crate’ and 'place', ‘out’, ‘heel’ and is working on some fun commands such as ‘paw’, ‘sit pretty’ and ‘head down’. While Moose can be a difficult dog, he can also be super sweet! He loves a good snuggle with his foster mom and he also loves getting butt scratches and smacks!
Here's what Moose's foster mom has to say about him:
Moose is a lovely boy who has proven to need quite the special forever family. While he has so many redeeming qualities, including his cute face, he can be quite the menace and is in need of a firm owner who is willing to put in a lot of training and exercise to make sure that he does not continue escalating some of the bad habits he has already made.
Moose's least favorite thing is being told 'no'. If Moose doesn't want to do something, he will do everything he can to make it so that it doesn't happen; previously, this did include using his mouth (not biting but mouthing to get you to stop trying). For this reason, including his herding practices, Moose cannot go to a home with small animals or children. Moose would do best with a young active family, or a family that has a job for him to do.
Whoever it is that is lucky enough to add Moose to their family will definitely be in for some laughs, but also some serious business! Moose and I have already had so much fun learning from each other, but he has also given me a run for my money - that's for sure!