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Moose Rottweiler Lincoln, NE
- Spayed / neutered, special needs.
- Good in a home with
- Other dogs.
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This handsome hunk of a guy is Moose. Moose is a happy dude who lovesssss to play ball and play with toys. Hes about 80 lbs, fully vetted, and is a year and a half old. He is perfectly house and crate trained with no accidents.
Moose was surrendered to a shelter at about 8 months old. He exhibited severe resource guarding behaviors, but through the work and extensive evaluation of the shelter staff, we were able to find a foster for Moose.
Mooses foster family dedicated their lives to helping Moose develop better habits and a lot of the resource guarding behaviors have faded, and he has also gained some really valuable skills under the direction of a positive-reinforcement trainer.
Moose is great in a kennel or large crate, and he knows several cues. He can sit, down, shake, wait, kennel, come when called and find his ball. He will automatically calm himself when ready to be let out of his kennel or out the door and show you that hes ready by laying down. He walks fairly well on a leash, and he is learning to turn back or slow down with leash tension and when you ask for his attention.
He LOVES toys, especially anything he can bat around with his paws. His very favorite toy is a garbage can lid that he clanks around outside. He also loves the jolly egg, jolly ball, or anything that keeps him guessing with its movements. He is great at puzzle toys and treat hiders, but some care must be taken with those as he does guard them at times even when empty. He eats from a snuffle mat and waits patiently nearby as you spread the food out on it. He will wait for ok to release him to eat. He does not have guarding issues with water or the snuffle mat. He also LOVES the water- he will play in a baby pool until all the water is splashed out of it.
Despite his resource guarding behaviors, he really does love people. He greets you with a full body wiggle and bows, typically. He will roo at you when you are getting his dinner or his treat hider ready. He enjoys being petted, but he is a little guarded with new people until he gets to know them, so its best to go slow with handling by strangers. Hes very honest with his body language and you can tell if hes uncomfortable. He de-escalates quickly when he is, if the stimulus stops. He can occasionally be mouthy if he gets overstimulated (like during zoomies) but its pretty easy to redirect him if you think ahead. We just try to keep activities to a low arousal level and we dont see it happen much at all.
Moose is also muzzle trained for situations like the vet, if needed.
He is VERY inquisitive and curious. Every box, bag or container must be explored. He does love to pick up socks, but its easy to trade him for a treat or another toy typically. But, his adoptive home will need to puppy-proof until he grows out of that behavior. He will need plenty of mental stimulation as well as regular (but not excessive) exercise. He also enjoys shredding/tearing things, so blankets or beds arent appropriate for him right now. Soft toys will not last and could be dangerous for him, so hard rubber toys and chews are best. But give him a head of lettuce and let him go to town! He actually enjoys a variety of dog-safe fruits and veggies.
Moose does have some negative behaviors when interacting with dogs behind a barrier, such as a fence or kennel. He can be barky and stiff. He has successfully parallel walked with several dogs and he also is loose and waggy when he is not restrained or contained but the other dog is. We are still working on this, but I think with the right dog and a slow and proper intro, he would enjoy a dog friend. Care would always need to be taken with food and high-value toys and treats, though. And he certainly doesnt NEED a dog friend- he would be perfectly happy being a companion to a human only.
Moose is still very much a puppy which means 1) that he will still exhibit some puppy and juvenile behaviors and 2) that he is still learning which means he will just keep improving with time and training! He will need an adopter who can continue that, and understand his limitations and work around them. Someone who can set him up for success by understanding his needs and not putting him in situations where he will fail. He is really a handsome boy with an adorable puppy face and a great smile. He just wants to have fun!
Due to Mooses resource guarding behaviors, we ask that his adoptive family not have children under the age of 12. His training and management of behaviors will be a family affair and young kids usually struggle with that.
Yesterday, he got to go to the barn and meet the horses and the barn cat- he was very waggy and excited, but it was loose body language all the way. Our barn cat went ahead and set her boundaries with a big hiss when he got in her space, and he immediately moved away. I think he would do okay with a dog-savvy cat and proper introductions.
He enjoys riding in the car, although he should be tethered during travel as he would love to ride in the drivers lap.
Moose is currently fostered in Iowa.
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