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Buster Bernese Mountain Dog Ferndale, MI
- Extra Large
- Affectionate, Loyal, Playful, Smart, Protective, Curious, Athletic, Loves kisses
- Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered, special needs.
- Good in a home with
- Other dogs.
- Prefers a home without
- Cats, children.
- Adoption fee
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For the past 4-5 months, Buster has been being rehabbed for his behavioral health issues, a neurological issue & reactivity/guarding issues. Buster's previous family was in the parking lot at the vets office moments away from euthanizing him before we brought him into our rescue. We were told that he bit a 17 year old in the face and that this definitely wasn't his first time biting someone in the home. But please don't forget, there are always two sides to every story. Sadly Buster didn't have a voice to tell us his, but at the end of the day time does end up telling it all and thankfully we were able to put the pieces together.
After consulting with a behaviorist/trainer, we came to the conclusion that Buster had a severe neurological issue and also PTSD from previous neglect and abuse (Physical & Verbal)- Hence why Buster guards corners and smaller enclosed spaces/areas where there's no escape. Based on Buster's behavior, we also believe that he was a Shock Collar victim as well, which has taken a toll on his mental health. Buster guards spaces where he feels enclosed (with no escape) and will 100% bite anyone who does not listen to his verbal warnings and/or his nonverbal cues. This includes being in a car, a small room or bathroom, a kennel or a crate, in a corner underneath an L Shaped desk, etc. Due to his age we didn't want to give up on him. And boy did our big guy exceed our expectations.
Buster's thriving and is currently working on socialization, sharing toys and food (With humans and animals) & other things such as guarding issues- Including enclosed spaces. Socialization and proper introductions with a kiss is something that Buster and his foster dad have been working on. And let us tell you how fabulous he's been doing. He can be a big punk at times, but is literally the fluffiest sassmonster that you'll ever meet. Since his intake, Buster has met so many new friends- both human and animal. His foster brother Asher (Doberman) is his best friend as you can see in the pictures below.
Every dog deserves that 2nd chance in life. Buster may have a neurological issue, but the damage that has been done to him is not his fault. Understanding that there is no such thing as respect in force free training is key. Buster has proven that a relationship based on trust and living in a positive environment can seriously change the world… Well at least in Buster's case. When given proper structure and a consistent routine, Buster has shown to be unstoppable- especially since he has found his place in the pack. All Buster wants in life is to be with his human & his packmates. When it comes to people he prefers to keep his circle small and simple, but with a proper introduction Buster does incredible with new people. Buster lives to play, loves to snuggle up with a good movie & craves to be told he's a good and/or handsome boy.
Enrichment is the name of the game when it comes to stealing Buster's heart. From brain games to other types of enrichment, mental stimulation is key to setting Buster up for success. He's considered what we call a working breed, which means that he needs a daily job each day to feel some form of achievement- some kind of self validation. Buster is great with other dogs and loves to play all day long with foster brothers (dogs). He's 100% potty trained, 100% crate trained and great on a leash. Buster knows all of his basic commands and is both very food & toy motivated.
What would the perfect home for Buster be like?? Buster would thrive in a home with an active couple that has another younger large breed dog for him to bond with. It would have to be a family with No Kids Under 21, with minimal foot traffic throughout the home. Buster will require a fenced in yard- No Exceptions (Will not accept an invisible fence). His new owner MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE with Dogs that have had behavioral health issues- we will not consider someone who does not have dog experience or first-time pet owners. Buster will require a special owner that can meet his needs, has vast knowledge on force free training and will continue going to our training partner or another organization approved by our rescue, and someone who knows how to not only read a dogs verbal and nonverbal cues, but understands that trust must be earned between both parties in the relationship.
***Adoption Requirements: No Exceptions***
Fenced in yard Required
- No Kids under 21
- Low traffic household environment
- Adopter must attend 3 Series of Force Free Training courses- trainer must be approved by our organization
- Must have another Younger Large Breed Dog over 50lbs to bond with
- Must have vast experience with Dogs that have Behavioral Health issues.
Just like every dog, all Buster wants is to trust his humans and feel like a part of the pack. Unfortunately Buster was failed once by humans- Even after being abused (both physically and verbally) and never being listened to by his humans. The only way anyone ever listened to him was by showing his teeth and/or biting. Well after investing a ton of time, patience, hard work and love, our big baby boy is ready to trust again. Do you meet the Requirements listed above and also have the heart, time, patience, and experience to devote to Buster to help him reach his fullest potential?
Buster is currently up for adoption through Lending A Helping Paw Dog Rescue. His adoption fee is $350 & will include his distemper, rabies, bordetella, parvo, & lepto vaccines; deworming; microchip; heartworm test; fecal test & being fixed. Buster is currently on both flea & tick, as well as heartworm prevention. Buster is currently being fostered within the metro Detroit area.
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