Marshall is a 3 year old, 60 lb. neutered male in Buffalo, NY.
Marshal is very peppy and extremely smart. He is fully housebroken, non-destructive, high energy, and fairly independent. Fully vaccinated and neutered, in addition to micro-chipped. Loves to run and be outside, absolutely loves to watch the birds and chase bunnies. Marshal also enjoys swimming and chewing tennis balls. He is a lover and very sweet to his family, but also likes to be on his own from time to time. Marshal needs a home, apartments are not the right place for him. A fenced in yard or yard with invisi-fence is best. Does excellent in the car for short or long rides.
Marshal was brought home at 16 weeks. At that time I was unaware of the anxiety and fearfulness he would carry. I have PTSD and chronic anxiety, I had hoped Marshal and I would bond and compliment each other in a positive way, but our anxieties cause a lot of increased anxiety in one another. He can show protective or fear aggressive tendencies with strangers or other dogs when walking, leash skills are otherwise excellent. He loves to run as well. With his board and train, he was able to be in grounded place on sidewalks outside of busy stores and showed no reactions or fear. He was very responsive to having a job and understanding what was expected of him. I know with the right structure and handling, he would be very successful in rehabbing behavior related struggles.
Marshal participated in a 5-week board and train program with e-collar training, basic obedience, place, and worked through a lot of over stimulation troubles. He came home a very different dog. Unfortunately, we weren't able to keep up with the training and ultimately have failed at successfully carrying those lessons forward. In many ways I have failed Marshal and I know re-homing him is the best decision.
Marshal needs a to be with someone that is active, patient, and has an understanding of the blue heeler breed. Structure and consistency, a job of some sort, would serve him very well. He would also do well with a home that is in a country like setting or farm, as he loves to run and be outside.
Marshal has been part of a home with 2 other dogs and functions within a pack, or independently without other dogs in the home.
I have come to this decision because of my personal health and the effect Marshal's anxiety and reactivity has had on it, it isn't fair to either of us. I want Marshal to experience a greater quality of life, one that is outside of the city and apartment life, where is able to experience structure and commitment to his needs to be the best dog he can be. I know I have failed in many ways with raising him, but I feel someone who has a strong background or understanding in dealing with handling dogs that experience fear/leash reactivity/fear aggression, and can support him through the behavioral rehab process. Our lifestyle has also transitioned into a very busy business/travel type, making it very challenging to be there for Marshal in the ways that he truly needs. I know he deserves better and I want to do that for him. I can't be selfish in the process and I want to do what is best and right by Marshall.
Marshall is in Buffalo, NY.
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