Sammy is a 2.5 year old, 45 lbs. neutered male in Potomac, MD.
Sammy has lived with his adoptive family for about 2 years. He has a handsome, expresive face and prefers females to male humans. He is house-trained, responds to commands like sit, down and stay. He is happy sleeping in his crate and feels safe there in anxious situations. Sammy is an ACD-beagle mutt and is stranger reactive but loves playing with and receiving affection from his humans and has plenty of dog friends he loves to wrestle with. He is very smart and independent, loves to learn, knows many commands and words, and will probably outsmart you at least a few times. Due to his anxiety, he would probably do best in a quiet home with a dedicated, experienced dog owner, a playful dog sibling, and no children.
- Food! He loves just about every fruit and vegetable and is incredibly food motivated. He loves food-based enrichment, especially when it involves finding hidden food.
- Exploring outdoors. He loves to go on long walks and hikes as long as he has plenty of time to sniff.
- Learning new commands and skills. Sammy knows many commands and skills including stay, paw, kiss, roll over, middle, heel, and cooperative care skills. He enjoys training and earning treats. He is incredibly intelligent and learns new things quickly.
- Getting pets and scratches, particularly on his tummy, chest, and ears
- Wrestling and running around with his dog friends. Although he can sometimes be ambivalent about meeting a new dog, he makes friends quickly with playful dogs and loves to rough-house.
- Playing with and/or destroying tennis balls, playing tug, chewing on his Gorilla Chew or a bully stick, burying baseballs, and chasing flirt poles
- Chasing squirrels and chipmunks
- Sitting & sleeping on or under couches and human beds
Sammy does have a number of behavioral challenges that stem from his anxiety.
Sammy's fears & behavioral challenges:
- Strangers getting in his personal space (he has a record of nipping and biting and needs to wear a muzzle outside) - he should be kept away from children
- Handling and grooming. He is especially sensitive about his paws/nails being handled and is scared of baths (he does best with nail filing as opposed to clipping)
- Strangers coming into the house. He is very scared of this and needs to be kept away from guests. Sammy is aggressive toward people coming into our home and sometimes when they approach his favorite human. He usually bites clothing but has bitten through clothing to the skin two or three times. The most recent time he bit a child's leg which broke the skin. This is why we are looking to rehome him. He is very friendly to other dogs (he's gentle with puppies) and is more accepting of humans who are with their own dogs.
- Resource guarding: He guards food and sometimes toys from other dogs and sometimes guards his human, space, or a toy from humans
- Going to the vet: he needs to be medicated due to his anxiety
- Fireworks and other loud man-made noises (he's fine with thunder) - he needs extra medication on days when fireworks are set off
Not long ago Sammy was approached by a neighbor child while he was in an agitated state. Although he was on leash and with his favorite human, he bit the child and caused a puncture wound in her leg. We have become aware of his body language, but we cannot assume that others in our neighborhood (especially children) can understand when to keep their distance, so we feel it would be safer for everyone if Sammy could be in a different kind of home. He would do very well with an experienced female owner and other dog companions.