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Date of Birth
October 18, 2020
I’m a sweet, handsome boy with a calm personality. When I first came to AARCS I didn’t have much contact with people and was pretty shut down, unsure of people, and uncomfortable being touched. With the right guidance and patience in foster care, I’ve slowly learned to trust people and come out of my shell, one step at a time.
Most of the time I like to just chill around the house, but I’m especially comfortable being outside watching the neighborhood or just sleeping on the deck. Having access to a fenced backyard will be important in my new home. I’m inseparable from the resident foster dog whose confidence has taught me so much, like daily routines, to feel safe, and how to live indoors as part of a pack. We play and sleep together all the time! I follow her everywhere and because I’m so attached I sometimes get a bit anxious when she leaves the house to go on walks or car rides without me.
I’ve done well meeting new dogs, although can get overwhelmed with younger dogs who have a lot of energy. I’ve also done great meeting new people when they come to the house, although I might need to meet them on my own terms. Seeing the resident dog greet new people politely and with enthusiasm has helped me to learn that new people can be ok.
Learning to trust has been a journey for me, and one that I’m still learning. I like to be pet and scratched on my own terms and can be affectionate when I feel safe and comfortable. I’m still not comfortable with leashes or harnesses because they make me feel constrained, so my new family will need to be patient and continue working with me on this so I can eventually learn there’s a whole world out there for me to discover. I’m sometimes still unsure about approaching people and can be a bit skittish.
Having access to a fenced backyard for me to lounge in will be important in my new home. A home with older or no children, and another confident dog will be the best situation for me to feel safe and continue learning as my confidence grows. My new foster family will need to be patient and understanding and have the time to work with me to continue learning to trust.
If you’re looking for a calm, sweet and handsome dog, then I can’t wait to meet you!
Good with Cats?
Not tested with Cats
Good with Dogs?
Yes, Good with Dogs
Good with Kids?
Good with kids over 16
Do I Need Special Care?
Collins is working on feeling comfortable with leashes/harnesses and can exhibit flight behaviour