Australian Shepherd x
DoB: December 2016 (estimate)
ISSUES: Stranger danger &/or territorial guarding; inappropriate mouthing when over excited.
When we first met Grappler in the CAS behaviour office, he was very polite but somewhat stand offish. He did not solicit attention except from the person he knew and he would jump up on the desk to get that attention & then try grabbing the sleeves of her lab coat as she tried to ignore him.
He traveled to the Retreat very well & was pretty good on leash. Once here, he was the typical, over bouncy aussie that likes to grab at hands & arms. He would mouth in play but not bite. He would only try to nip at clothing.
It wasn't until he had a meet n greet that we found out he is quite territorial about strangers coming into his yard/area. He not only stood & barked at them, he lunged & nipped a leg. When corrected for doing that, he redirected to my leg & nipped it, leaving a bruise. He did eventually settle down enough to sit quietly beside me but would not take his eyes of the strangers & no treat was interesting enough to make friends.
Yet, when people have come to visit us & come into the house, or we've had a dogsitter in for a weekend, he has had no problem meeting them & accepting them in the home.
He is pretty good about meeting other dogs politely & he generally ignores them unless a good game of chase starts. He seems to be rather particular about who his inner circle of friends are - not too many are actually enticed to play with him. He does like his stuffy toys & will amuse himself with some of the yard toys but does not seem particularly interested in the fetch games.
He is very affectionate when he accepts you & he is getting much better about not bouncing up or off of us & his excited mouthing has calmed down considerably. But because of his stranger danger issues, we'd recommend an adult only home.
Grappler was a young, intact male picked up by Calgary Animal Services for wandering at large. He loves his stuffy toysbut he would mouth/nip inappropriately if over excited so CAS transferred him to us as they thought he would be too much for their potential adopters.