|Poor Dakota is in an indefinite boarding situation so we're working with AZ PAWS and CLAWS to help find him forever. We are also in the process of trying to track down a bit more of his history; so far, here's what we know: Dakota's original owner was having some financial challenges so she took on an over-the-road truck driving job which kept her away from home for extended periods of time. She felt re-homing him would be a better alternative to boarding him for a week or more at a time, and on an ongoing basis.
She gave him to his last owner in December, 2011, who wound up with two males she knew little about; not a good combination so there were conflicts.
Dakota was born on December 10, 2006. He is AKC registered but we do not have his papers. He is house trained, crate trained and not too bad on leash either. Typical of his breed, he does not wish to share his home with another male dog..no surprise. He is current on all vaccinations, chipped and health checked. He has done fine left loose with the run of the house with a dog door and is not destructive. Dakota has always been an indoor dog.
Dakota is a tad obsessed with his tennis ball; we think it might have been his only real form of interaction and activity with his person and certainly his favorite pastime while being boarded. He has not had any formal training, knows a few basic commands and, as is the case all too often, would benefit from lots more socializing.
It did take a while to get him to focus on his evaluator..he was all about his ball. After working with him and projecting significant leadership he finally tuned into his handler and was all about compliance. He started to relax, make good eye contact and became more animated and affectionate without the influence of his ball.
He was friendly with us and very tolerant of the probing done on his mouth, paws and body. We walked him close by another passing dog on leash, his interest was sparked but just one "leave it" and he paid no attention. With patient intros to strange dogs he should do fine, but no small or toy breeds or cats.
Dakota is out of American lines, has some elbow dysplasia which is being well managed with
an anti inflammatory. He moves well and loves to run.
Because Dakota is so enamored of his ball, older children or teens would be best.
We tracked down Dakota's original owner and learned that he has never lived with children nor has he had any exposure to cats. He is nonetheless, a real sweetheart.
If you are interested in fostering Dakota, please read about OUR FOSTER PROGRAM and submit a Foster Application (found on the Foster Program page).
If you are interested in meeting and possibly adopting Dakota, please contact Paws & Claws directly: http://www.azpawsandclaws.com/ ..click on available dogs, then on Dakota's photo for more info.