Happy is a happy boy with constantly wagging tail, and is delighted to be out of the shelter! He took a flying leap into the volunteer's car and gave a bark as if to say "Let's get the heck outta here." He is is more of an English style lab with bigger head, shorter legs and darling big feet. Have to say, Happy is one gorgeous dude. He rode well in the car after arranging the blankets to his liking. Please check back after he goes to foster for updates.
Happy is devastatingly handsome, with golden fur and amber eyes. He is very affectionate and likes to hug and cuddle. One of his favorite things to do is to take naps on a lap with all four paws up-then he starts sweetly snoring. He is excited to see his humans and has a habit of hopping up and down on his front paws and jumping. It’s proving hard to break him of the jumping habit because he puts his paws around your waist to hug you. A human must show great restraint to turn down his big teddy bear hugs! He also gets upright to see what’s on the counter although he hasn’t snatched any food.
He has a lot of energy and is athletic so will need a lot of exercise. Happy loves walks and especially loves playing fetch (he is ball obsessed.) He pulls quite hard on a leash so he will need to be leash trained. Meanwhile, he requires a very strong leash holder or he could yank them off their feet unintentionally causing injury. He does well at the dog park and on walks, although shows some anxiety when meeting other dogs while leashed and when entering the dog park when there are several dogs congregating around the entrance. He is a dominant dog, but plays very well with the foster’s 2 year old lab-lots of wrestling, tug o’ war, and neck chews—and he’s good at keeping it friendly.
Happy is not house trained and does not yet know commands. He is motivated to please however and wants to be a good boy. He is currently learning where to do his business and is also learning some basic commands. He is a smart boy and has mastered “sit,” and is working on down and stay. He is also making strides in house training, but he is sure to need ongoing training when he adjusts to his forever home and his new owners should be prepared for setbacks.
He sleeps through the night and usually sleeps on a dog bed next to his human’s bed. He often jumps on the big bed to snuggle with his human before lights out and can be quite persistent in getting his snuggle time. He likes snuggles so much that he might also try to snuggle and chew personal belongings like slippers or shorts if they are left about. But he does well when left alone, does not have separation anxiety, and is not destructive as long as there aren’t any attractive nuisances like socks or slippers left as presents for him. He barks occasionally but appropriately-roofers, late night voices outside, etc. He rides well in a car.
He has not gone swimming yet due to water quality issues and his recent neuter surgery and bite wounds. He has also not yet been observed with younger children. He chases and barks at cats.
He would make a fantastic loyal companion and family dog with people to hug and snuggle with him, play ball with him, and can train him. And someone who doesn’t mind the sweet sounds of snoring! He is especially smitten with the man of the house and follows him everywhere (and they snore together). He has a follow up vet appointment to make sure his bite wounds are healing properly before giving him the all clear to melt your heart!