Angus

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Angus

Labrador Retriever

5 Years 6 Months 2 Weeks

Dog

Male Neutered

Meet Angus, the grade A chief beef! Angus is large and ready to roll! He is hoping for a fun home where he can freely roam and graze on plenty of food. Angus would love to attend Basic O with his new family.

AGE RESTRICTION
NO CATS/SMALL ANIMALS/SMALL DOGS

History:
-Owner surrender
-Reported to have prey drive towards cats and small animals
-Reported to growl at strangers visiting home
-Reported to growl at some dogs
-Reported to growl when removed from sofa and for grooming
-Reported to growl at children
-Reported to be very playful
-Reported to know sit, stay

Behaviours Observed in Shelter:
-Defensive barking at strangers
-Initially fearful in novel scenarios
-Interested in other dogs, intolerant of bouncy highly excitable interactions
-Social with familiar handlers
-Resource guarded treats from volunteers

Recommendations:
-Continued socialization to help dog generalize and positive reinforcement training to counter-condition fear-based behaviours; reward dog for confident behaviours when introduced to strangers and other novel stimuli
-"The Cautious Canine" by Patricia McConnell for further information on living with a fearful dog and EHS classes "Creating Courageous Canines" to build confidence if needed
-Ensure that this dog has a quiet, calm space to be when loud noises such as thunderstorms or fireworks occur. Thundershirts, darkening blinds, calming music and enrichment also recommended
-Interrupt and redirect/counter-condition unwanted behaviours such as prey drive and barrier reactivity
-EHS class Basic Obedience to establish a bond and teach basic cues
-Ample exercise as well as mental stimulation such as clicker training and puzzle feeders to provide challenges and help dog cope with boredom, EHS classes "Brain Busters" and/or further training such as dog sports or nose work should dog require more mental exercise
-Discourage resource guarding by trading resources for higher value items in order to create a positive association with approaching valued resources

Did you know: Adopters can receive a 10% discount on group training classes offered through the Edmonton Humane Society within three months of their dog's adoption date!

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