Tucker – Adoption Pending!!
born ~September 2016
~ 45 lbs.
basically crate trained
Tucker, Tucker bo-bucker banana hana foe… This Cattle Dog mix is such a cool cat (well, dog…) and is almost full grown. He currently weighs 45lbs but will probably fill out a little more. Mr. Tucker-bo-bucker just LIVES for people – his first trip to the dog park and he made his rounds, making sure each and every human was introduced to him properly!
Fortunately for this little/big man, Tucker is in doggy heaven with SO many 4-legged friends to play with! Meadow is his foster sister and he does so well with her!! She is basically smaller than a cat and he is such a gentleman the way he tolerates her. He’s never been around cats though, so we’re not exactly sure if his sophistication will stay true. And children? He’s been around the 3-5 year olds and so as long as they can stand their ground and are ok with a little bit o’ hyper, it’ll probably all work out. Besides, their face is already at kiss level, so he doesn’t bother jumping 😉
Recently, Tucker had his first trip to the dog park and just LOVED hanging out with Foster Mom and the other doggy owners. When it comes to humans, he can be a bit rude as he doesn’t want the pets to end! If your hand stops, he’ll follow it to make sure you are aware that his satisfaction has not yet been met (nor will it, unless it’s the never-ending pet-fest). When meeting other dogs, he is a little shy and slightly stiff at first, but he relaxes quickly and starts playing. Loud noises don’t seem to scare him and he handles himself quite well!
Unfortunately for Tucker, he’s been in boarding for far too long, considering his size and breed. Now that he’s in a foster home, he finally gets to live the good life and romp around like the goof that he is. Tucker is basically housebroken – his signal is to pace back and forth and it took Foster Mom a time or two to figure that out. Now that she knows, he’s been doing great! As far as his crate goes, he runs in on command and puts himself down for naps in there as well. He carries his favorite stuffed toys and bones in with him. He seems to love his crate!… until you close the door and walk out of the house… but don’t fret! He ain’t all that bad 🙂 Tucker has FOMO (fear of missing out), so if he hears the neighbors come home or if another dog is barking, he’ll tag along in the music. With only slight noise improvements to be made, he’s basically crate trained.
For exercise, Tucker needs either some long walks or play time with other dogs. A good chew toy is great for mental stimulation as well if you need some quiet time inside. He generally gets the hint when Foster Mom is busy and can’t make him the center of her attention, but that doesn’t stop him from checking in, hoping she’ll change her mind!
If you’re looking for an affectionate, grin-bearing boy, Tucker’s got it all! He’s basically pretty ridiculously friendly and fairly well trained. He needs to work a bit on his mouthiness (he explores the world by putting things in his mouth… he doesn’t so much bite as he does slobbers…but little nibbles to see what everything tastes like is a must!) and patience. His new family needs to be consistent in positive reinforcement overall and he’ll get there in no time!
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