Bear is an active and energetic 2.5 year-old Shepherd mix male who looks like there might be some Aussie or Border Collie in his family tree. He found himself homeless at a rural county dog shelter and made the trip to Canine Lifeline so he could take his time finding the perfect new home. We don’t know what type of life Bear led before coming into the shelter but we suspect he may have largely been an outdoor dog who was allowed to do as he pleased. While he’s very friendly and affectionate with his human friends (likes lots of hugs!), it seems that no one has worked with Bear on obedience or canine manners. He’s very strong on a leash and does like to jump on people. Given his great disposition and food motivation, he should be easy to train as long as you’re patient, consistent, and strong so he can be properly handled during this process. Bear definitely needs a yard with a secure aboveground fence so he can run to his heart’s content and blow off some steam before training sessions—no exceptions! He gets along well with other dogs and loves to wrestle so would likely enjoy having a canine buddy in his new home. He has been working on crate-training in his foster home and while initially resistant to it, is getting better everyday as he does eat in his crate.and he loves to eat. Bear is a true diamond in the rough who’s going to be an outstanding companion for the active person or family who has the time, knowledge, and patience to work with a big strong dog. Once he’s mastered his leash manners, Bear is going to love accompanying his handler on walks, jogs, and hikes. He weighs about 57 pounds currently but is thin and is working on gaining weight to reach his ideal weight of 65-70 pounds. His adoption fee is $250. He’s neutered, heartworm negative and on monthly preventative, up to date on vaccinations including bivalent canine influenza, wormed, on flea and tick preventative, and microchipped. As part of the adoption process, all adopters must commit to a two-week adjustment period to make sure it’s a great match before the adoption is finalized. Please email if you’re interested in Bear. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. Please note that we don’t place our dogs in homes with children under 7 years of age. We correspond via email so please check your junkmail or spam folder to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there.

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