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Stitch Rottweiler Mix Lincoln, NE
- Spayed / neutered.
- Good in a home with
- Other dogs.
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This guy is Stitch. Stitch has been in foster with MARR for..too long. He is a good boy who has worked SO HARD to be an even BETTER boy!! Let me tell you about him.
Stitch (ever see the movie Lilo and Stitch?? Hes named after the little alien dude, but we think hes actually cuter!) is a 3-ish year old, fully vetted male rott mix (to the best of our knowledge). I believe he has maybe some shepherd or other herding breed in there based on some of his drive and behavior, but I could be way off. Genetics are funny like that!
Anyway, Stitch is about 80lbs these days. Hes been on a pretty significant diet and weight loss program due to being pretty overweight when he arrived. Hes looking much leaner and his coat is nice and shiny. Hes an athletic, strong guy and he will do just about anything for a squeaky ball. I mean anything. His adopter needs to buy Amazon out on squeaky balls. Keep one in every room. The key to training is a motivated dog. And those balls are the key to his motivation! He is also very food-driven, so treats work well also. But if that ball is in your hand, his butt is on the ground and his eyes are on YOU. J
Stitch has been working hard on some things he was struggling with in his previous foster home. Hes got this leash walking thing down pretty well now he will need a little reminder when you first start walking usually, but I just stop moving forward until he gives me some slack in the leash, and we go on our merry way. He does get overstimulated at times, but he has made huge improvements in keeping his cool. Exercise and mental stimulation (his fav outlets are fetch, flirt pole, and stuffed kongs and puzzle toys currently) will help with that. When he is overstimulated, he may jump up or be a little nippy. Not take-your-hand-off nips, but OMG MOM I DONT EVEN KNOW WHERES MY BALL I COULD RUN A MARATHON TELL ME ABOUT YOUR DAY ITS BEEN SO LONG (14 minutes) SINCE IVE SEEN YOU DID YOU NOTICE THAT IM RIGHT HERE BECAUESE IF YOU COULD TRHOW THAT BALL ID BE LITERALLY THE HAPPIEST DOG ON EARTH type nipping. If you stand still like a tree, he remembers his manners and sits nicely.
Stitch KNOWS sit. He knows it well. If he wants something, he sits. If you look at him, he sits. If hes not sure what you want, he sits. If he wants you to pet him, he sits. His recall is above average if hes motivated, average if hes not. He has learned to drop the ball in exchange for another ball, or a treat. We are working on leave it. He knows what off means. He knows kennel well, he goes right in and is VERY good in his crate/kennel. No bed shredding, no escaping (Im told he can open kennel latches but he has not done that here), no barking, no whining. He will sometimes show some barrier reactivity to unknown persons if they approach and linger, or dogs if they are overly excited nearby, but that has vastly improved since coming to me as well. Whenever we have visitors who are willing, I have them go and say hi and toss some super yummy food rewards into his space, and that has helped change his association with people approaching his kennel.
He is still learning how to relax in the house, but he does better and better every day. Encouraging calmness with a stuffed kong or a bully stick to chew on helps him relax and associate the house with relaxing. As long as he is getting enough exercise outside, he will do just fine in the house. He also had to learn boundaries in the house, like not putting his head in the trash can (he has a thing about diving deep into any box, bag or container that has stuff in it) and not counter surfing. He just didnt know what was off limits! He lovessssss to be with his people and he just wants to see what youre doing all the time, and maybe do it with you. J He also LOVES kids. Like bull in a china shop loves them. My kids are teenagers, so they know to ask for a sit and calmness before they give attention. Im sure he would love small children, too. But the small children may not appreciate being bulldozed with affection constantly. He does need a proper introduction to strangers before petting time to sniff, observe, and then interact at his pace. Treats go a long way with him and new people. Stitch is muzzle trained, for situations such as vet visits. He may not need it, but if he does, he can comfortably wear it. He really likes people, but he sometimes gets nervous with intense handling by strangers (like a vet exam).
Stitch does like other dogs, but he PREFERS medium or small sized dogs, who are relatively calm. He does okay with calm large dogs too. Another crazy dog just causes Stitch to become overstimulated, and then hes not on his best behavior. He needs a slow and gradual intro to other dogs, and we can guide you through that. He also LOVES to go in the car, but he gets pretty excited and so he does need to be either tethered or crated so that he does not end up accidentally helping you drive.
So overall, Stitch is a happy, active guy who is all about having fun with his person. He would be a great hiking or jogging partner, or a fetch buddy. He LOVESSSS baby pools and water! He does need someone who will continue with his Good Boy training, and someone who has some patience to work with him on fine tuning what he has already learned. But he will pay you back with love, appreciation, and the goofiest faces that any human could ever want in a dog. Now, our Stitch just needs his Ohana.
Stitch's FB album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10225210194432683&type=3
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