Is your dog good with other dogs? : Yes, but does have leash reactivity on walks. Will bark from a distance, but calms down when he meets other dogs.
Is your dog good with other cats? Untested
Is your dog good with kids? : Children 12+
If your dog house trained? : Yes
Is your dog crate trained? : Yes – sleeps in crate at night, uncrated during the day
Does your dog have any special needs? : He cannot go down stairs, but he can and will follow people up the stairs.
Does your dog display any aggression? (toys, dog, people, etc.) : Boss does not always want to be touched, and will show aggression if his warnings are ignored. He gives warning growls when he either does not want to be touched or has had enough. He does not like when strangers approach him to pet him. New people should pet his hind quarters, not face.
Is your dog playful? : Boss likes to play with stuffed toys, and enjoys chasing them, but does not play much with other dogs.
Does your dog like to snuggle? : Yes, but only when he is in the mood, and comfortable with someone.
Does your dog know basic commands? : Come.
Does your dog know any special tricks? : No.
Does your dog like to go on walks? : Yes.
Does your dog have any fears? : None have been seen so far, though he does not like men.
Does your dog have any unique trains you have noticed whether in personality or physically? : Boss likes to rub the side of his butt against people, some dogs, and even inanimate objects.
What are the 3 first words that come to mind when you think of your dog? : Energetic, stubborn, inquisitive
Additional details/ brief overview : Boss is quite the character! He came to Canada from Kentucky in January, and has taken to the winter very well! He enjoy going for walks, though he will bark at dogs he meets on walks. That said, he stops when he passes the dog, or if you change directions.
The vet has suggested that Boss may have been abused, as he can be a bit standoffish when meeting new people. He is very apprehensive of men in particular. He does not like being touched by strangers or when he is not expecting it. Luckily, Boss gives very clear warning growls and you will quickly figure out his boundaries. Once he is comfortable with someone, he will try to cuddle up as much as he can, including climbing fully into your lap.
Boss also does not like being left out, and while he is very quiet when left alone at home, he will bark when he is separated from people inside the home, be it because a bedroom door is closed, or because he is stuck on the top floor of the house. Because of this, and his difficulty going down the stairs, Boss is best suited to an apartment, bungalow, or home in which someone is committed to bringing him down the stairs regularly.