|Status:||Available for Adoption|
|Pet ID #:||2195|
Calling all experts in climate change! No, we're not talking about global warming. We're talking about changing the emotional climate for Booker, a handsome 2-year-old Rattie mix, in order to help him always feel safe and secure. All dogs deserve this, but in the normal everyday world, Booker is unable to feel that way. He's what is called a highly reactive dog. He may have experienced some trauma in the past, or he may just be "wired" that way. Whatever the reason, Booker's 9-lb. body is naturally on alert, ready to bark or bite if necessary to make scary things (i.e. most anything) go away. Although Booker's modus operandi is to "hit first and ask questions later," an inexpensive medication (less than $10 every two months) and management of his environment have enabled him to become a happy and highly entertaining member of his foster household. Under the guidance of a veterinary behaviorist, he's even slowly being desensitized to some of the things that are stressful, and he has been an able student, eager to please and to accept praise and treats! If you're intrigued at the prospect of showing Booker that there's even more good stuff in store for him, then you'll be pleased to know he's house-trained and readily goes to his crate when you tell him it's "bedtime." When his stress level is low, you'll see a sweet pup, who will entertain himself and you by tossing toys overhead and dashing off to retrieve them, only to toss and chase again. Booker also enjoys playing with his canine foster siblings who are similar in size and desire to roll about on the floor in mock-fight fashion. (He tolerates the others.) When you see Booker wandering about with his stuffed heart toy like a toddler with his favorite blanket, your own heart will melt. But don't think, "What's the big deal? Anybody can control 9 lbs." because Booker can deliver hard bites without proper "climate" control. He shouldn't be around young children and would probably be happiest and progress fastest with one adult in a home in the country, where you won't need to block his view of neighboring dogs and people. By managing his environment and using positive training methods and medication, you'll help him feel normal. You'll be rewarded with a devoted dog, who seeks you out to snuggle and deliver a kiss of gratitude right on the lips! Booker can be a challenge, but he's hoping that you enjoy challenges. If you do, you'll need to live near his foster home in Maryland, so that you can visit and observe to help him transition to your home. "Book" on over to his online album at http://imageevent.com/newrattitude/booker to learn more.