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Robbie Shepherd Mix Clayton, NC
- Coat length
- Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
- Good in a home with
- Other dogs.
- Prefers a home without
- Adoption fee
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Robbie is an attentive, affectionate, trainable 60-pound shepherd mix. He was adopted in December and for over two months he enjoyed plenty of walks, meeting neighbor dogs, and time at doggy day care. Unfortunately, Robbie developed guarding behavior toward visitors in his home and had to be returned.
[It's important to keep in mind that all dogs have the potential for guarding. After all, it has been one of dogdom's most useful skills until recent history. And it's most common for male dogs to take up guarding their female owners unless it's made clear that this behavior is unacceptable.] And by the way, Robbie's guarding behavior was very low-key, calm, almost slow-motion.
While Robbie did receive plenty of exercise in his former home, he wasn't given jobs that would challenge him mentally. We feel these mental challenges will help curb his focus on the job of guarding.
Robbie shows a great love of agility training, command training, and would probably also enjoy seek and find exercises. He has quickly mastered the treadmill as well and really enjoys it. Working with him only a few days since his return, he has made it obvious that he understands "Stay" and other commands that will help guide him in keeping his distance to avoid guarding behavior. He's already learning lots of helpful jobs (which he loves!) that will satisfy his mental needs and keep him on the track for success.
If you are looking for a calm, very sweet, very trainable dog, we hope you will consider giving Robbie a chance. We recommend a home with no small children. Red Barn Rescue is happy to help with training support!
Robbie is neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and up to date on heartworm and flea/tick preventative. Our $300 adoption fee covers these expenses.
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