Ben

Description

  • Type: Labradoodle
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: Four and three quarters
  • Size: 24/25” to the shoulder
  • Live with Children: Better with older children (see below)
  • Shedding: Some, but not a lot
  • Grooming Requirements: Regular brushing, clipping periodically
  • House Trained: Yes
  • Able to be left: Yes, for short periods (see below)
  • Obedient: Yes if you have food!
  • Comes when called: Yes, as above!
  • Pulls on lead: If excited, but can walk nicely
  • Exercise Requirements: Quite high – he’s active and intelligent, loves his walks
  • Mental Stimulation Requirements: He is bright, and if he doesn’t have ‘legal’ toys he might well find his own!
  • Good with cats: Not known, shows interest on walks but is easily distracted
  • Good with dogs: Yes, loves all other dogs, but can get excited and bouncy, will hump sometimes, and doesn’t yet understand always that some dogs like to be left alone . . a work in progress!
  • Friendly with strangers: He is wary of strangers (see below), and is very vocal about visitors to the house, particularly postmen and delivery drivers!
  • Good watch dog: Yes, barks at strange noises and house callers
  • Health Problems: Not as far as is known
  • Special Diet: No
General Description
Ben is a lovely boy, he behaves much more like a puppy than his nearly 5 years!  He loves toys, particularly tugs; he’ll meet you in the morning, or when you’ve been out with a tug in his mouth which he’ll try and thrust in your hand!  He also loves balls – his eyes light up when he sees a ball thrower! Ben is a lovely boy, he behaves much more like a puppy than his nearly 5 years!  He loves toys, particularly tugs; he’ll meet you in the morning, or when you’ve been out with a tug in his mouth which he’ll try and thrust in your hand!  He also loves balls – his eyes light up when he sees a ball thrower! When in his own environment he is very bouncy and can get quite excited, when he can forget his manners and jump up, and occasionally snatch anything you have in your hand!  He did have regular contact with young children in his previous home, and we’re told he was fine with them but he is quite a big dog and might be a little enthusiastic for small children, for that reason I would think that he would be better with older children.  He has taken things which have been left within his reach (which is not inconsiderable!) but more I think from curiosity than anything else – none of the things he’s taken have been damaged (unless they were edible!)He is generally well behaved, he understands the word ‘wait’ - when on walks he will wait patiently at the edge of the road until he’s given the OK to cross. He sits beautifully, and when out will sit and offer his paw if you say “Hello Ben” When being fed, he will sit and wait until he’s told it’s OK to eat – which does take a lot of restraint on his part as he loves his food! He hasn’t attempted to go on the furniture or on the bed while he’s been here. He is very bright and learns quickly, and just needs to know what you want from him, he will benefit from ongoing training to keep his mind occupied. He loves his walks, and can walk nicely, he understands ’heel’ and will walk by your side.  He was an only dog, and coming into foster with three other doodles was both exciting and instructive for him! He is still learning doggy etiquette and isn’t totally sure as yet that ‘no’ means ‘no’!  He can get over excited which unfortunately leads to total deafness . . . and he does have to be removed and calmed down. He was crate trained and would go into it when told, and slept in it at night, but I haven’t used it while he’s been here – he has been left for short periods, with the company of the other dogs. He quickly learned the routine – kong with treats meant they were being left – so he was quite happy to be left and was very well behaved.  He does love the company of his people though, he will stay wherever I am in preference to being with the other dogs. So I think he would benefit from a home where he has as much company as possible.  He’s very affectionate, loves his ears, chest and chin scratched, and gives kisses very freely! He is very affectionate with his family, but can be difficult outside the home – as noted above he can be wary of strangers; he prefers to have plenty of space between him and new people/experiences – he’s not always keen on people approaching to stroke him, which can be difficult as he’s a very attractive dog!  It isn’t always a problem, but it can be difficult to work out whether he is going to take exception to someone, he has been known to approach someone (often men) with tail waving but then tries to lunge at the last minute.  He is wary of strange/loud noises and being surprised.  I have learned to manage this – we walk in areas where there is plenty of room for us to move away from other people, and I keep him on a short lead when we approach a blind bend, in case someone comes running round the corner!  Ben would love to have a new family to care for him and he will reward you with complete devotion.

For further information please call Rachel on 07932 252532

Ben is being fostered in Staffordshire

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