DoB: January 5, 2016
ISSUES: NOT comfortable with children, extreme resource guarding
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Bentley would be best suited to an active ADULT ONLY home.
Bentley is an active guy who does enjoy being around people but not overly close. He likes his space and enjoys the outdoors, where he can run. He enjoys running games with other dogs but he can get over-stimulated quite easily. He needs to come down from that "high" before attempting any close interactions.
Bentley is comfortable in his crate, although the first couple of days in the new environment did seem to freak him out a little and he turned into "Cujo" briefly. Once he realized that reaching for the crate door simply meant opening it up to let him out, he got over that very quickly.
It is our common practice that the crate is the dog's safe spot - anything in the crate is theirs once it is given. We don't "steal" it back. If we need to clean it out, we simply wait until they are outside before removing a valued toy or chew. Bentley is a little grabby when offered a treat or food toy in his crate so we're working on his learn to earn - a shake the paw when in the crate and before he receives the goody. Just so he gets the idea that putting the hand in the crate does not mean we're taking something from it.
Bentley does like his toys, and he enjoys playing chase & keep-away from the other dogs. However, he does not seem to have a very good release of said toy so that we can throw it again. He is also easily distracted by - BIRD!
We have noted that Bentley seems to be easily over-stimulated when playing (or chasing birds), which can escalate if another dog runs into him or tries to tell him to back off. He is also somewhat over-stimulated by too much touching or trying to clean his feet or give medications.
Bentley was owner surrendered because they were having difficulty working with his extreme resource guarding, which they had consulted professional trainers about.
Bentley's teeth had connected with skin on multiple occasions when people would reach to pet him while he had a high value chew treat (bully stick, for example) or while he was sleeping or in his crate. He had also snapped at the teenage son when, after a rousing game of chase or keep away, he would hug Bentley.
Yet, Bentley could be very good in groups of people or around less mobile individuals. The family found it difficult to predict when he might snap at someone and it was creating a stressful situation they did not feel capable of dealing with.