9 Year Old • Male • Boxer / German Shepherd Dog Mix • 47 lbs
Needs a home without young kids (<6) or dogs.
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Physical Description: Not sure exactly what Riley is, but he's beautiful. He has a lovely orange brindle coat with a Boxer's deep chest and long legs. His hair is slightly longer than most Boxers, which is why I speculate he might have some Shepherd. He may have some mix of Pit as well. He has a big smile and expressive little eye brows that go up and down when you talk to him.
History: Riley was initially rescued in Alabama when he was tossed, wounded over a backyard fence as a puppy.
Health Information: Riley is 100% healthy. He is neutered and current on all of his vaccines.
Special Needs: Mr. Riley is an incredibly loving and friendly boy. He's quite goofy and a total snuggle bug. He adores people. He greets me enthusiastically every time I return home and warms quickly to any stranger who walks through the door. He loves kids, but is a little too insecure and rowdy around young children. He would do best in a home with adults and older children. Riley is house and crate trained. Although he's happy in his crate, he is well behaved when alone and can be trusted to have the run of his house while you're not there. When you are home, he's a pretty independent guy. He's happy just to hang out and lounge or play while you are otherwise occupied. When outside, he is always happy to run around with you or play a few rounds of fetch. Teaching Riley tricks and/or do obedience and behavioral training is easy because he is so eager, focuses so intently, and loves treats. He knows the basics "sit," "down," and "stay" and can even do a few cool tricks like "rollover" and jump up high to touch your hand. With a harness or gentle leader and some treats he walks on his leash nicely. He would also an enthusiastic companion for a runner. Riley has passed his K-9 Manners class with Jane Marshall and has his BA Certificate in CLASS (the APDT equivalent of Canine Good Citizen). Riley loves and plays happily with the other dogs in his foster home, but he can be anxious when meeting new dogs. Therefore, he is not a good candidate for the dog park or for being on the leash in close quarters around other dogs. We have been working on his interaction with other dogs while leash walking and have seen major improvement! He will need ongoing training and patience with this issue, but overall he is an wonderful companion on walks and runs.
Why adopt from IAR? IAR subsidizes post-adoption professional training with Jane Marshall (www.cheerydogs.com) to encourage a life-long and successful bond between the dog and the adopter. Classes for young puppies are free to the adopter, and classes for older puppies and adult dogs are provided at a substantial discount.
IAR ID#: D-08-071R