Howie - in Maine
Latest update: May 2016
Our alumni pup Howie needs a new home. He is almost year old now, and even though he was rescued very young, he is showing some fear issues with people and other dogs. When he feels unsafe he needs management around children especially. He lives with a female dog and they are best buddies.
When he bonds with a human, he falls hard, so he needs to see other humans as his friends too and we will have a trainer continue working with a new adopter to help Mr. Howie. His human mom is the love of Howie’s life, but it’s hard for him to feel comfortable around his dad and some other males.
Howie is housetrained, extremely cuddly and loving to those he feels comfortable with, and great with the cats in his home. He is not overly comfortable in the car and new experiences bring out his fear. He has difficulty with smaller dogs but does better with bigger ones.
Howie is a good guard dog for his home but needs management so that he knows when it is ok to let up and be “off duty”. Howie does not like to be alone and will be destructive so training and crating are a must; he goes with his mom to work every day but that is not always possible, of course.
Howie's mom says he has so many positive traits:
He’s very affectionate, great with the kids and cats in the home and other dogs (he loves the dog park). He is a people pleaser; very attentive and easy to train.
He’s crate trained and potty trainedHe is a good office dog; and has shown he can be good around most children - loud or fast-moving kids can scare him. Howie loves to play – he is a ball chaser and is getting pretty good at retrieving and bringing it back. He has a wonderful personality.
Howie’s new family will be an adult-oriented home with a larger dog and an active lifestyle. The humans will have to be around at first and committed to continuing training with Howie. He is working with a trainer now to address his needs.
Howie is microchipped, neutered and ready to roll.