2 years old
Spud is an un-neutered male
Spud is looking for an adult only home.
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Spud is an energetic boy who is looking for a new, training-experienced home.
Spud is a very friendly dog who gets very excited at people, and will jump around and can get too close. He will also bark when he jumps. This is his way of saying hello, but it can be overwhelming and he is a large Labrador, so we are looking for a home where there are no children. Spud can also be very over-eager with other dogs with excessive sniffing which has made dogs uncomfortable. He is not aggressive towards other dogs, and mostly will go back to playing with his ball after saying a thorough hello to them.
On walks, Spud will pull on the lead. He is good at sitting before he is let off, or for food. Spud is okay off the lead, but his recall is not good if there are other dogs around as he will just want to play or say hello to them. He has also been known to chase small animals such as birds and squirrels which is something to be aware of if he is off the lead. These things can be worked on with more training, in a secure area. Spud is used to having his own secure garden, which will be necessary for him to have in his new home, so he has a free space to play safely and let off energy. He has a lot of it, Spud loves to go on long walks and chase his ball along the way. His tail will constantly be wagging on walks, especially if it’s on a beach!
Spud is fine at travelling in the car as he does not get nervous, but he gets very excited about where he might be going and will try to jump into the passenger seats so he will need to be kept secure in the boot. At home, he does bark at passersby or if anyone comes to the door. Spud can be wary of unusual situations, such as if a man is holding an odd object such as a fishing rod.
Spud has been known to resource guard his chew treats and his ball. At these times, he will growl if you come too close. He can also become destructive if he is left alone in the house for too long and gets bored. All objects he can destroy are usually kept away from his reach when left alone for this reason, and he is given a treat-filled toy to occupy him for a while. Ideally, he would be suited for a home where he would not be left for very long as he does have a lot of energy. He can also be destructive when he gets over excited, there can be accidents and things knocked over. When he is like this and barking constantly, he does not listen to commands so he becomes difficult to handle. This will need worked on through training, to get him to calm down and be respectful of others.
Spud absolutely loves attention. He is happy to be washed and brushed – he really likes going into water and mud! – and especially loves it when he is towel dried. Spud is always a happy boy who brings joy into any room. He wants to show his love all the time which can be too much, but with more training this can be worked on. Spud really loves treats and bananas in particular, which could be a high reward during training.
Unfortunately Spud is not the easiest of dogs and he will need a lot more training done with him. He needs a new home where they are very experienced with training and who is willing to put in the work needed to help Spud learn self control and manners. He would prefer to have company most of the day. Spud will benefit from having something to occupy himself such as agility or cani-cross where he can use up some of his mental and physical energy.
Spud has such a large presence and needs help with his behaviour, but he has a big heart and at the end of the day he loves food, walks, his ball, and a good cuddle on the sofa.
As Spud is not neutered, the Society will pay for this to be done at the local vet once the dog is settled (if you live in the Edinburgh/Lothian area we ask if this can be done at ICR Veterinary Surgeons, Loanhead). This is part of the Society’s re-homing policy and promotes responsible dog ownership.
Please think carefully before applying for Spud and think how any changes in your circumstances may affect your ability to care for him. If you would like to be considered to re-home Spud please click on the green register your interest button and this will take you to our application form. Once you have completed and sent the form you will receive an automatic response to your email address that you have supplied. This means we have successfully received your application. Please note that the Society only re-homes within Scotland.