Australian Shepherd (long coat) / Male / Adult
Details about Bamboo D210719
- ID D210719
- Available for Adoption
- Coatlength: Long
- Activity Level: Moderate
- Good with Dogs: Yes
- Good with Cats: No
- Good with Adults: All
- Reaction to New People: Cautious
More about Bamboo D210719
- Energy Level: Moderate
- Yard Required: Yes
- Fence: Any Type
- Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor Only
- Obedience Training: Needs Training
Age: DOB 3/22/2019
Breed: Australian Shepherd
Weight: 49 lbs
Dog friendly: Yes, would love a dog friend in the house!
Cat friendly: No
Kid friendly: Older considerate children only
House Trained: In progress
Crate Trained: In progress
Energy level: Moderate
History: Breeder release
Adoption Fee: $500
From the Foster:
Bamboo is turning out to be a pretty classic Australian Shepherd! He is owner-centric, always wanting to be told what he’s supposed to be doing, what’s happening next. He’s alert, loves to come running when I call him, loves getting praise and pets, wants to be absolutely glued to me whether I’m doing the laundry, planting in my garden, or watching a movie on the couch. He has a silly personality that has been coming out little by little as we’ve gotten to know each other. He also tries to use a little bit of sass with me when he thinks he can get away with it, but he listens well when he’s told “no.”
Bamboo likes being outside and loves to run, jump and play. He is getting used to long walks on leash every day. We played fetch for the first time, and on the first toss, he chased, picked up the ball, and then ran back to me! Good dog.
He has learned to sit and get his paws wiped off after he comes in from outside, and to sit before I give him his food bowl. He is not terribly food-motivated but will take treats because he wants to do anything my resident dog is doing.
Bamboo will need some work on socialization. His reaction to meeting new people is alarm, sometimes with a growl and sometimes loud barking. He is fearful of many new objects and noises he encounters. He startles easily and ducks when you reach to pet him. We are working on housebreaking. After his neuter, I am hoping this will be even easier to correct.
Bamboo bonds with his person quickly. He looks to me for reassurance and directions on what to do next. He's feeling safe but has tried to guard me from my resident dog a few times, growling at her, so we are working on correcting that behavior. His new owner will need to continue working on that. For this reason, he is not a good fit with small children. Bamboo also has a strong prey drive and can get fixated on rabbits and squirrels in my yard, just waiting for the first opportunity to chase. I do not have cats but I would not recommend that Bamboo be around cats. I think the temptation to chase will be huge.
Bamboo does well with my resident dog. He's been with her 100% of the time, and I think she's helped with his confidence and made him more comfortable. He follows her lead on reacting to things like cars, bikes, people, kids playing, etc. I think Bamboo could also be OK as an only dog, with a patient and attentive, active owner.
Any owner should plan on doing some training with Bamboo, and very slow introductions to all new things and people. Meet & greets with Bamboo will be a little rough and Bamboo will not make eye contact or approach on a first meeting. Bamboo will need extra time on Day 1 and maybe throughout his life, in terms of socialization. I think Bamboo's future owner and Bamboo will greatly benefit from dog training and classes for fearful dogs.