Freddy is still searching for the perfect forever family!
Freddy is a gorgeous white, deaf boxer boy who is just over 2 years old. Freddy was abandoned at the SPCA when his owner had a change in work schedule which they felt would leave him alone too many hours a day. Despite this, Freddy seems to have been well cared for.
He knows some basic commands by hand signals, such as “sit”, “down”, “stay”, and “paw”. Freddy needs to be in a home with owners who are experienced in dog behavior and training. The home also needs to have a very securely fenced in yard. Freddy will always need to be on-leash in unsecure areas and because of his deafness and lack of hearing other dog communication, will not be able to go to dog parks.
Update March 2011
He is currently being fostered in a home with two other laid back boxer boys, Buddy and Gus, where he has been since November. Buddy is just over 3 years old and Gus is the senior in the family. The first week with Freddy was the toughest. The poor guy was so confused and frightened, not knowing where he was, he had a hard time settling. We didn’t let him mix with the boys until some intro exercises were done and until they were comfortable around each other. This was about a 6 week process. Now Freddy sleeps on Gus and jumps and plays with Buddy.
Freddy gets along with some dogs, but doesn’t meet dogs well. He is so eager and excited to be friends, but his dog body language is not in tune with hearing dogs. It would be nice for him to find a forever home with a companion but it would have to be a very non-reactive, laid back friend.
Freddy loves people, and loves to play. If he gets overexcited he may nip a little. This has been corrected in his foster home, and the new home would need to follow the same steps. He craves touching people or one of the guys. Loves to cuddle and pushes hard up against you for security. Freddy showed signs of potential “resource guarding”, which was corrected in the foster home, and again, the new home would need to follow the same steps.
Outside of the secure home environment, Freddy gets over focused and over excited, which makes him difficult to walk. He becomes very visual and something as simple as a leaf blowing down the road will grab his attention and he wants to chase it, catch it and play with it. Hang on! Outside of the home, the big challenge is getting his attention.
Freddy is crated in his own large crate, beside Buddy and Gus, in their own “dog room” when we are at work. We have a process we do every time we leave, that is consistent, and Freddy realizes now that means we will be gone and he settles. Remember, he is deaf and once we leave that room, he doesn’t hear the front door close, like Buddy and Gus have heard 100 times before.
Freddy is food motivated and with a proper training program, lots of time, patience and love, and most importantly consistency, he could be a loving member of your family. Exercises have been set up for the foster home to work on. Meeting other dogs and learning to walk was a work in progress that has been delayed due to weather and other commitments.
If you are interested in fostering Freddy please click here. If you are interested in adopting Freddy please click here.