Available Dogs


Saving just one dog won’t save the world, but surely it will change the world for that one dog
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Joe is a nearly 6-year-old Male Border Collie mix.  He is a beautiful dog with one blue eye and one black eye. He has two huge bat ears that stick up when he is happy and alert. Joe is highly trainable, very smart.  Joe loves to train and craves the if he respects you. Joe is can be stubborn and will test his new persons resolve when given a command. Treats, praise, and patience will be required to earn Joes respect and trust. Joe is a lovable goofball who is highly praise/food driven.  Joe is also love bug and wants nothing more than to be a lap dog. In his current home he is not allowed on the furniture, but he will climb into your lap if invited. He Loves to play fetch but doesn’t obey commands as well with there is a ball present. When playing ball, it should be all about playing ball.  The ball is not a good reward for Joe due to his intensity when a ball is present.


The ideal living situation for Joe would be one where he is the only dog in a home with older children or no children. He has been known to be reactive to dogs within the home.  Joe can get anxious around very small children. Due to the unpredictable nature of toddlers and young kids Joe should not go to a home with small children. Any children in the home should be older, dog savvy, and understand how to work with a dog in a training setting.  He otherwise does well with kids and people. Joe loves to tear apart toys and does so with a surprising quickness, due to this he would be best with hardy chew toys designed for tough chewers, however he has not destroyed anything such as stuffed toys or non related dog toys within our home.  Joe currently lives an active lifestyle where he goes on bike rides, runs, hikes, goes camping, and participates in family excursions/vacations when appropriate. He also knows when to turn it off and is happy lounging around the house with his people. Joe often accompanies his current owners to work in an office setting and is well behaved and calm.  He would be happy in a home where he got to be his persons shadow in all of life’s activities. Most importantly, more than physical exercise Joe craves mental stimulation. This comes in the form of working on the current commands that he has mastered as well as implementing new commands slowly and patiently. If he is anxious a quick training session goes a long way to calm his mind and spirit.  

Joe thrives in a structured environment where he knows what is expected of him at all times.  Has lots of training under his belt over the last 3 years…

Obedience Basics at Canine Connection in Chico CA, as well as several private sessions with the Canine Connection trainers.

He has been exposed minimally to agility training, which he loved and did well at.  We had to discontinue due to a time constraint.

Joe is currently working through a series of in-home training with For the Love of Dog out of Oroville CA. Three additional sessions are being offered (already paid for) with Joe’s trainer Tiffany in the home with his new owners to work on the commands he already knows, as well as any new commands.  He currently is practicing his commands and building confidence with new commands 3-4 times a week as well as during any walks. His in-home environment needs to be very structured as well, and his commands reinforced daily.




Some of the commands Joe is familiar with and (mostly) mastered

Down =Lay down

Off =stay down, don’t jump, or off the couch

Here =come here

Heel =We are currently working on a standard left side heel, but historically heel meant either side.  Our plan was to introduce a switch command so that he would heel on the left or right depending on what command he was given.  This is to put myself in between Joe and any other oncoming dogs during walks.

Leave it =drop it or leave something alone

Hug =Joe was a jumper when we got him.  I gave him a command for it, and it has only been acceptable when asked for a hug.  He will jump and gently place his front paws on you to accept some love

Shake

Chill =Once in a down (laying down) you can ask for a chill and he will roll onto his side.

Sit

Stay =he tends not to stay for very long.  This is something we are working on increasing the length of time as well as the distance of the command.   

Get in =get into his kennel.  Joe has a large wire kennel that he sleeps in or goes into if he is feeling anxious.  He is very familiar with the kennel and feels at ease in it. The kennel is never used as a “punishment”.  

Load up = into the car/truck.  He does ok in the car or truck but can get anxious.  He should be in a travel crate for comfort and help with the anxiety.  He doesn’t like being free to roam in the vehicle and isn’t very steady on his feet in a moving vehicle, but also won’t just lay down and relax.  

Ok =releases him from a command such as sit/stay


Commands that are newer and currently being worked on

Heel on right side and left side as well as off leash

On your spot =Joe will go to his “spot” (a platform bed with soft bed on top) on command and should ideally lay down and stay until released.  We are working on the stay until released part. He generally will respond well to the command when given by his primary handler. We use “on your spot” when people come to the door as well.  This is also a work in progress.

Quiet =due to his anxiety Joe tends to whine at times.  This usually presents itself in a public space when not actively moving.  He doesn’t sit idle very well. We use “quiet” to stop this, and reinforce with treats and love.  He has responded well to it, and we continue to work on it.

Tuck =when eating out in a dog friendly establishment tuck can be used so that Joe tucks under the chair or table and is not in the way of other people.  

Wait =After in a sit/stay Joe should wait away from the threshold of any door until released to come in or leave.  This is to help Joe respect people’s space, and not crowd the door when entering or coming home. This is an extension of the “on your spot” command when people are coming into the home.  

Eyes = When waiting for a treat to be given or when other dogs are in the vicinity we ask Joe to give us his “eyes” by looking directly at us, and not at the anticipated treat/dog.  He is familiar with this expectation, however we have only just named the command.

Feeding time

Joe eats twice a day.  Once in the evening and once at night.  He tends to resource guard his food on occasion. This is not a behavior that has ever displayed itself with physical aggression, but he does growl if you get too close to him when he is eating.  I believe this is born out of his anxious nature. Because of this Joe is fed in the garage where he can be free of the worry that someone will enter his space. We always ask him to sit/stay until released (given the “ok” command) to eat.  When we open the door to feed him, he is usually sitting at attention with his ears perked and excited for his food.

Walks/hikes

Joe walks well on and off leash.  Due to his reactive nature with other dogs it is not appropriate to have him off leash unless there are no other dogs around, not so much because of Joe but due to other people having lack of control in their own dogs, well trained dogs are of no concern to Joe.  He is happy to ignore another dog and not engage. Joe has great recall when out hiking and given space to run around. His new person will have to earn his trust and respect before doing any off-leash work. During his sessions we have been working on easing that anxiety and reinforcing a look or “eyes” command. Joe needs a partner that will advocate for him, keeping him safe from oncoming dogs and until that trust is built should remain on leash.


VICE:

Vice makes a new friend at training

Vice makes a new friend at training


ABOUT VICE

Vice is a 3 year old, neutered Belgian Malinois. He weighs 65 pounds and stands about 26 inches at the withers. He is an affectionate dog who much prefers the company inside the house to that of being left outside (unless you are outside, too). His current vocabulary includes: down, stay, come, crate, & heel. Plus, he can even flip the light switch on! Vice has put paws on the kitchen counter at his foster home, and while not really counter surfing, a simple verbal correction and redirection is all he needs. Aside from this, he has good house manners and is quite respectful. 
Vice lives with 6 dogs, male and female as well as two of those being small dogs. For the most part, he ignores the other dogs
Vice's favorite pastime is being with his people- as long as he is near you, he is happy. If you're in the backyard, he wants to be in the backyard and will happily engage with you, play ball or grab a nap on a dog bed. He will be your shadow, love sleeping with you, lying near you and generally offering you stellar company! Due to an old, healed fracture in his right shoulder, Vice tires easily. Therefore, he should not be taken jogging or on long hikes.  
Vice’s human pack drive is a huge motivator as he works hard to please his people. His food drive is phenomenal making him a trainers dream dog. 
While Vice is crate trained, he does possess some separation anxiety. Because of this, a standard wire kennel is not adequate for containing him he will need one with a four way lock. When no one is home Vice should be crated or he could be destructive. When kenneled in the house, he can be reactive to people standing close by and not letting him out. Due to this anxious behavior, Vice cannot share his home with children under 12. Vice is excellent riding in the car crated. If you are taking a short ride he could ride loose but if you plan to get in and out of the car he should be crated. His anxiety has greatly improved to where we notice no anxiety.  Vice was originally on a premium kibble but he he wasn't eating it well so we switched him to raw and use honest kitchen preference as a base. He is doing extremely well on raw! His coat improved as well as his weight. 
Vice is environmentally solid and has been exposed to a wide variety of external stimuli. No one is a stranger to Vice and anyone is welcome in my home when he is loose.  He is good on leash and has proven to be relaxed and trusting at the vet. He will make a great companion dog who could excel in Nose Work and he showed interest while attending a Barn Hunt event. Vice’s personality and temperament, coupled with his bomb proof environmental stability and atonement to his handler would make him an excellent ESA/PTSD candidate. Unfortunately mobility work isn't an option for him due to his shoulder. 
West Coast adoptions only, HOWEVER, if application is strong we may consider placement in other Western US states.
 
Must have previous or current, purebred Malinois experience OR other high drive working breed experience. I would prefer Vice be the only dog to start with unless you have an older dog that doesn't require as much work, or extensive experience. There will be an adjustment period for Vice.  Vice is a dog who wants to go places  and be with you. We will continue to progress his training til he finds his perfect forever

 

I have put a lot of time and training into Vice. There is a huge benefit to receiving a dog that has had this type of work. He has been exposed to a wide variety of environments to test stability, he has been taught the start of a basic retrieve for items not limited to glass, keys, etc. He has learned to turn on a light switch, sit, down, heel, potty on command, and some house manners. His collar and leash will come with him as well a short tab we use in the house. I will offer support free of charge as well as help you continue his training via phone conference or video if there is a distance. My goal is to see him find his forever family and succeed.  


Our adoption process includes- completion of an application, followed by a telephone interview. If that goes well, we will arrange for a home visit . A crate must be in place for him and a fenced yard. There is an adoption fee and transport is available for an additional fee. 

 

 

 Transport along Interstate 5 is available but cost not included in adoption fee.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Vice doing the school pick up

Vice doing the school pick up

Vice finding the rat at Barn Hunt practice

Vice finding the rat at Barn Hunt practice

Barn hunt practice

Barn hunt practice

Vice leaning while watching things coming from the other direction. This is a separate command. He will stop in heel position til asked to go behind.

A closer view of the behind command.

Contact heel. He naturally offers this the command I use is "go walk"

Vice waiting patiently as I check out. Many people tried to make contact with him and talk to him including young children and he ignored them entirely

Vice laying in the house with Bane

Vice laying in the house with Bane