Lahey - in Maine - Courtesy Post
Posted February 2022
Lahey is a local boy who needs a new placement where he can be an only dog and have good leadership and the exercise and loving he deserves. He is 4 years old, weighs 100 solid pounds and his DNA results showed that he is a mix of German Shepherd, American Staffordshire Terrier and Belgian Malinois – this is quite a mix of power, smarts, and activity level.
Lahey has had tons of training, including basic obedience, rally obedience, canine good citizen, agility, and “Control Unleashed”. He also had private sessions to help work on the leash reactivity and with follow-through and continued training, Lahey will get back in the swing with curbing those behaviors. He knows sit, stay and come commands.
Lahey has not been able to stay in a daycare environment and would not be a dog park candidate. He has done “pack walks” with a trainer and other dogs, but if he is walking around the neighborhood with his family, he can be reactive to other dogs.
Lahey is a much-loved family member but with a toddler and another little one on the way, they feel they can not give him what he needs in exercise, training and consistency. Older respectful kiddos would have fun with Lahey and he would benefit from a fenced yard so that he can get the exercise he needs.
Lahey’s ideal family would need to provide good leadership, continued training and the mental and physical stimulation that a smart boy like Lahey needs.
Lahey’s favorite things are running, hiking and playing ball. He is a mix of working breeds and he will be a life-long training partner. He sleeps in his crate at night but is not destructive when left alone. He is not allowed on furniture, or to counter-surf or beg for human food. He doesn’t challenge gates or fences.
One of our dog-savvy volunteers met Lahey and fell in love with this big boy. He loves people, especially men, after completing a “prison puppy” training program. He gets very excited when seeing a man in workman’s overalls. He welcomed our volunteer into his home by getting over-excited and wanting to kiss her. He had a little trouble controlling his energy and he could not only knock over a child, but some adults too! His owner re-directed him and he was able to lay down and feed off her calm energy. Lahey is a lovable “bull in a china shop” who will do well in the just-right home for him.
If you have interest in meeting Lahey or any of our sweeties please fill out the adoption application.
Please note: we do not have a physical facility where the dogs are housed; they are cared for in our wonderful foster network throughout New England. It is our expectation that, once approved, a potential family will meet the dog(s) in the foster setting where they are feeling safe and loved.