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Name - Will
Nicknames - None
Age - Adult
Weight - 50 lbs
Other dogs - Great with dogs Very playful and loving
Cats – could live with dog savvy cats under supervision as he will chase if given the opportunity. But can co-exist under supervision.
Chickens - No
Kids – kid friendly
Background – Will is one of 5 dogs we flew down from a shelter up north. He came into the shelter as a stray and so not much about his history before the rescue is known
Health issues – He trembles when he is nervous, mostly in his back leg. He gets stiff if he lays down too long – mostly in the colder weather. He takes daily medication to help with the joint stiffness
Crate trained – Is not a fan of the crate and does have separation anxiety. He is best left out with his doggy sibling and only for short periods of time
Leash trained – Mostly yes with room for improvements
Housebroken – Is used to using a doggy door and have the ability to go outside whenever he chooses
Eating Habits - Very Good. Not picky. Does not beg for table food.
Commands known – Sit, Stay, Wait. Very smart when he figures out what you want
Car rides - Good. Not nervous, likes to look out window. Uses harness seat belt
Bath time - Not his favorite activity
Affectionate - Very loving and follows you everywhere. Loves to have his head scratched and belly rubbed
Activity level - Due to the stiffness in joints low to medium. Short walks are good and he likes to zoomie in the backyard. Perfect for a couch potato who wants to cuddle
Play style – Push/pull style with foster sister but ultimately more submissive. Loves chewing on bones and learning how to play fetch. When relaxing, he cuddles and sleeps with foster sister and likes to groom her
Bad habits - Separation anxiety, which is improving. He must be left in a larger contained area (not a crate, think baby gated room) with access to outside for potty. Only bones or appropriate toys left out so he does not chew on anything he’s not supposed to. Oh and he dunks his whole face in the water bowl so be prepared for a little slobber
Redeeming qualities - Very loving and just wants to be near you. Eager to please and very trainable. Doesn’t bark at other dogs but does like to “talk” to you when he gets excited
Best feature - Has little black eyebrows and a black mustache. One ear that stands up and one that folds over. Has a very soulful face that makes you think that he has been through a lot. He’s an old soul. Likes to put his face between the chair cushion and armrest and gets this squishy face and pitiful eyes that just make you want to do anything for him. He’s very willing to learn. Only took 3 times of putting his food bowl in front of him and telling him to "wait" and now he does and looks to me for the "ok". Knows the negative "uhh uhh" sound and stops doing whatever he is doing and focuses on you. Example: we have an Alexa Show and one time I was checking on him when I was gone and he had gotten into something and I gave the "no" sound, and though he couldn't see me, just hearing me made him stop what he was doing!
What Foster Mom/Dad wants you to know –
“Will came to us with a very strong will and wanting to do what HE wanted to do, I think this was a survival attitude that he had to have just to survive, being a stray. With lots of patience and work and letting him learn what it means to be a dog, he is finally giving us the authority to take care of him. Is he still stubborn? Yes. Does he still have separation and barrier anxiety? Yes. But, the most important thing about Will is that he is improving so much and we can see that he has a lot to give to the right people. He tries, REALLY tries to do the right thing. He is very smart and learns things quickly. He loves to be your shadow and follow you from room to room and let you know that he does it because he loves you. It’s his way of showing it. He is playful and good with our other dog. He snuggles up with her in the same doggy bed and will groom her and just lay down. He has quiet times where he likes to just lay on his bed and he sleeps through the night out of the cage and without people in the room (another thing he has learned!). I love that he doesn't bark when people come over or when the neighbor's dogs come to the fence. He does let me know by becoming alert that he heard something outside or the Ring doorbell went off! Will will win your hearts and soul, and with the time, training, and patience, he is really going to be an extraordinary dog!”
Please consider sponsoring Will with either a one-time or monthly tax-deductible donation. Your donation will help It's The Pits with day-to-day care, including food, vaccinations, flea treatment, treats and toys. Click on the Sponsor This Pet link above to make your donation today. Thank you!