Some pets languish for months or even years in shelters waiting for that perfect home, through no fault of their own. Many were not trained well in their previous homes.
Simcoe, a 2-year-old Pomeranian, is loving, social, happy and OK with other dogs. Add to this he is beyond adorable, and you’d think he would be adopted in five minutes. But he has been in a Canine Sanctuary kennel in Nanuet since September when he was surrendered by his family for resource guarding. In other words, he growls to be protective of his food, toys or something he has coveted. His owners were actually afraid of him, and when a new baby arrived, it was time for him to go.
Simcoe has been working with a trainer at the kennel and is doing great with people who know how to correct this behavior.
“They got rid of the resource guarding problem quickly,” said sanctuary director Michelle Gorta. “They can get him to drop a rawhide and move to the back of the crate.”
Gorta seeks an owner who wouldn’t be afraid of Simcoe if he growled.
“You can’t show fear,” she said, “fear is a lower energy. When someone’s afraid, the dog can read that and takes over. That’s why it’s important to have confidence and be assertive.”
A tool Gorta uses is leaving the leash attached to the dog’s collar when inside the home. If the dog grabs something he shouldn’t and runs, you can grab the leash and correct him.
Interested adopters must be willing to learn some training techniques to stop Simcoe’s bad behavior should it arise again.
Brutus, a 10-year-old, 80-pound American bulldog-American Staffordshire terrier mix, has been at the Warwick Valley Humane Society for two years. He has a big block head and pleading eyes, and he has never been leash-trained.
“He has a thing for leashes,” said WVHS President Suzyn Barron, “and enjoys jumping up and grabbing the leash. He works himself into a frenzy doing so. He also got extremely possessive of his jolly ball, which we have excluded from his playtime.”
Brutus now wears a box muzzle on walks to prevent leash biting.
“It makes him look scary,” said Barron, “but it works great. At least now he actually can be walked without jumping and grabbing the leash.”
Barron seeks an adult-only home, or with big kids, and a fenced-in yard for Brutus. He likes everyone but is too much dog for small kids. He likes cuddling and belly rubs and is eager to please. He can be a bit impatient, and his eagerness will escalate if allowed. He will “speak” when asked. He is house-trained.
With the strength of a bull, Brutus needs a strong, willing, dog-savvy person or couple in a home without other pets.
“Brutus is a difficult adoption because of his size, age, breed and lack of some basic manners,” said Barron. “But we love him. He makes us smile every day.”