Sparky in Pittsburgh

Sparky in Pittsburgh
Dog:Sparky
Age: 1-3 Years Old
Weight: 91
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Nicknames: Bob
Good with other dogs?: Dog selective.  Sparky will be going to a trainer for evaluation and help resolving any issues and see what types of dogs he is best compatible with.
Good with cats? unknown, will not be adopted to a home with a cat
Good with children? unknown, will not be adopted to a home with kids under 10
Activity Preference: Needs a couple walks a day., Low maintenance overall but needs quality outside time., Will go with the flow
IQ: Smart
Sparky’s favorite things: Sparky loves his kong, and any other toy that he sees. He also loves treats for training and will learn whatever you want him to if there are treats involved. He is just now starting to learn how great belly rubs are as well. Sparky has also learned that walks are great fun, and there are so many smells to learn! Sparky does very well in the car, he sits down and enjoys back seat driving. Sparky is also a perfect gentleman meeting new human friends!
Sparky is good at: meeting people, behaving in the house, going for car rides, making me feel safe, walking on a leash, cuddling, playing, following commands
Ideal home: someone at home most of the day, a fenced yard, Lots of exercise opportunities, other: Someone that has the time to work on his finishing touches.
Training Needs: socialization with dogs, needs obedience training, other: Finishing school
Health issues: None known at this time as we are still figuring out all his needs. He may have either food or seasonal allergies as well.

Meet Sparky

Sparky has transformed into an amazing, handsome dog. He came to us practically on his death bed being starved in a crate in an empty parking lot in DC. He has gained nearly 45 pounds and is healthy and happy and still learning how to be a dog again. He is up to 90 pounds however he will gain most likely another 15-20 pounds to his full weight. When he first arrived to us his age was unknown, anywhere from a puppy to 7 years old. Now that he feels better and is healthy, he shows more signs of a younger dog.  He has learned basic commands and picked up our household routine very quickly. He will do anything for a treat! He is a handsome boy and gets comments when he takes walks. Sparky also loves toys and has gotten quite good at playing fetch at the park. He is a well behaved dog, that likes to play or just lay down near you. Sparky does have a issue with socks. He has had issues with eating socks off of the ground, and although he doesn’t show too many signs of this issue now, he still needs monitored so he doesn’t try to eat one again (He also likes fabric). Sparky does love a good car ride, especially when it means he is going for a hike. Sparky is best on leash due to some re-activeness to other dogs. For the most part, he is getting along nicely with his foster canine sibling, but has been reactive to a few other dogs that he has met. He shows no signs of resource guarding with food or toys with humans, although not with his foster brother.  He has no issue with you checking out his teeth. He is ok with bath time, it’s not his favorite but he isn’t terrible when the time comes. He also tolerates nail trimming well. He does very well in his X-pen at night and is learning that his crate is a safe place and isn’t a bad place after all. He is on Prozac for some anxiety issues, but he is getting better everyday now that he understands what a good life is. We are positive that when he gets settled in his new home he should be able to no longer need Prozac. All in all, Sparky is a great boy who wants to please you and be there for you no matter what. He wants someone that is home more than they are gone, that has the time and patience to work on teaching him manners and how to just be a dog.  Training either in the home or a group would be terrific for Sparky. He’s basically like a gigantic puppy. He’s had no home, no one to love him and teach him. He needs to continue with the basics as well as the advanced training. With a little time, patience and love Sparky will be that dog that people say was the “one” “the best dog ever”.

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