born ~July 2017
25 lbs. and growing!
not crate trained yet
not housebroken yet
Introducing Spike! Mr. Spike is just a little tyke born in July of this year. Since he only weights about 25lbs right now, he could turn out to be upwards of 65lbs once he’s full grown. Spike is super food motivated so as he gets older, it’ll make it easier to train him.
Puppies are adorable, cuddly, heart-warming, smelly, messy, time consuming creatures. Everybody loves puppies! But they take a lot of TLC, energy and consistency to ensure they don’t get returned to the shelter when they are no longer that adorable, squishy size. Like all youngsters, Spike is still learning a lot of things – housebreaking, crate training, manners, etc. His bladder is only so big and he has no idea that the great outdoors is where he needs to be doing his business. He’s surprisingly comfortable in his crate though, so long as everyone else is too. If Foster Mom is moving around the house and the other dogs aren’t settled, Spike prefers to be part of the action and will protest so that you know it. He does sleep through the night though, which is impressive for such a little guy!
As of now, Spike seems to do well with cats. He doesn’t live with one, so who knows if the consistent contact would make a difference, but at the vet’s office he simply sniffed the feline and walked away. He’d rather ham it up with the vet techs than worry about cats. There are several other dogs in Spike’s foster home and he is still learning to be polite. If Spike wants to play, it’s play time, no exceptions. And if the other dogs fail to engage, it’s a barky tornado where he throws himself everywhere on everyone and everything because there’s nothing wrong with that, right? …picking up on dogs’ cues is not a strength of Spike’s, at least not yet.
Despite his puppy antics, he loves other dogs and gets along great with them, so long as they enjoy playing. His confidence is through the roof and he knows exactly how adorable he is, struttin’ his stuff like nobody’s business, then taking those little, puppy, needle teeth and reminding you that he still needs some manners… But nothing phases him and he needs several energy outlets daily. Unlike typical puppies who play hard and sleep hard, Spike has yet to learn that puppy power naps are an actual thing. All that’s on his mind is play, play, play!!! So if you’re up for a little (soon to be big) Energizer Bunny, you found him! Right now, playing with other pups in the yard is enough to exercise Spike, but as he gets older, he’ll need more structured forms of exercise – whether that be dog park trips, longs walks/runs or another playmate in the house, he’s a bit high energy.
Puppies aren’t all that bad though – they love people and soaking up their attention! Spike can be a bit needy and if his 4-legged roommates aren’t giving him any attention, he climbs up (or attempts to) onto the couch where Foster Mom is, to kiss her and sit on her and play bow and nibble and… continue to be a puppy! Watching him play with new toys is so incredibly precious as he romps around, throwing them in every direction, getting super excited about absolutely every item that crosses his path!
Taking on a puppy is taking on a lot of responsibility and a lot of hard work. Spike is precious, fun-loving and in need of training. So if you’re up for it, he’ll be excited to find his new family!
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