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Charlie is a 3 year old, 50 lb. neutered male in Woodbury Heights, NJ.

Charlie, also known as Charlie-Barley, is a healthy, 3-year-old ACD who currently lives in Southern New Jersey. He is a talented couch-surfer who loves to run in our fenced yard. He loves to snuggle with his people, and looks for scratches and belly rubs. Charlie is crate trained and sleeps in his crate. He has access to our yard through a doggie-door and loves to be outside watching the neighborhood kiddos.


Charlie grew up on a farm as a breeding dog. He was bred twice before he was two years old. His previous owner decided to close her ACD breeding business and offered Charlie for sale. When we talked to her, we asked her if he would be able to adapt and become a suburban pet, and if he gets along with other dogs. We were told that although he lived outside, he will have no problem adapting to indoor living, and that he is fine with other dogs. Charlie adapted quickly to spending his days on the couch and relaxing with his head on our laps, but he is not good with other dogs. As soon as he started feeling at home with us, he became very aggressive with our other dogs, including our 12-year-old, barely mobile, blind dog that passed away a few weeks later.

 

Charlie’s aggression is partially reactiveness to larger dogs. We enrolled Charlie in training by a professional trainer, which included two weeks boarding and continuing weekly reinforcement sessions. The training helped a lot and Charlie now goes on without going nuts whenever another dog barks at him. Unfortunately, the training did not resolve the issues at home. Charlie tries to dominate our other dog (an Old English Sheep Dog) which by now is afraid of him. They fight sporadically and while the OES is larger and can take care of himself, I had to take Charlie to the vet because of bite wounds. It seems like anything can start a fight. I have taken the OES to a dog park, and he has played with other dogs that came to visit the house, all without an incident. We sadly concluded that Charlie would be better off in a house where he is the only dog.

Charlie likes to play fetch. He will also make sure that your yard is free of squirrels, rabbits, or anything else he can chase. He has been great with kids, toddlers to teenagers. When the kids run in the yard, he will try to be a heeler and nip.

Charlie is a very handsome ACD with a unique tail (looks like a racoon tail). We got him intact and decided that at two years old his behavior and character will not be affected by neutering. I’m sure that his aggressiveness is due to lack of socialization as a puppy, and that he can sire beautiful and friendly puppies.

It is important for him to have a fenced yard. He likes to be outside on his own terms (likes being able to come back inside!) He will bark at dogs that walk down his street. It is also important that he be the only dog in the house. He is very possessive of his people and wants them all to himself. He is very good with people and, when asked, will go to “his place” and wait to be greeted. His paw will reach out to you and invite you to scratch his head.

Charlie likes to go on walks, but will react to neighborhood dogs. He needs an owner that will work with him to stay calmly on leash. He has made a great deal of progress in this area.

We want Charlie to be loved and happy. We are looking for a home that can give Charlie the only-dog status that he deserves. We taught Charlie how to live in a home and what it feels like to be a pet. We wish that we could keep him safe, but need someone else to do that for him.

PS- He loves ice cubes and treats!! He loves apple sauce, cottage cheese, or veggies mixed into his kibble. No fish flavors for him—he refuses these.

Charlie is in Woodbury Heights, NJ. 

Contact mzviman@gmail.com