We acquired Archie about 2 years ago. He was four months old. He had a pretty significant healed scar on his snout, which no one knew how it got there. We suspect that it may have come from a fight he had very young, and may contribute to his potential reactivity to other dogs.
And that is our problem, his unpredictable reactivity to other dogs, and a cat we could never get him finally to let alone. He really loves people, happy to meet new ones, very gentle and loving and always seeking attention.
He was aggressive with another rescue we have when we first brought him home so we got him some official training, and we worked with him. His reactivity continues to pop up with her and our other rescue.
But the problem is, he still can blow up, and it's unpredictable. Our rescue Anuk, is isolating himself just to stay away from Archie.
The times he's picked a fight with Anuk it's not even clear what exactly caused it.
When they are fed, we have them line up in the same order each time, sit quietly and wait on a command releasing them to eat. If they're inside when we eat, they're each on their own cot, in place by command, we usually give each a treat, and typically they're asleep after a few minutes. No begging or attention seeking going on during our meals. So we've always avoided those obvious potential triggers.
So since we've been unable to eliminate the reactions (we've talked with a handful of trainers too and each of them were skeptical they could fully resolve the reactions, and that looks to be true), we now believe if the triggers get removed, then he'll be free to just be his loving and clingy and happy self. If he's the single center of attention, he'll be happy without tension or confusion, jealousy or triggers.
He's never triggered on a person. He's always very happy to meet new people. He's always desirous of attention. He knows basic commands well, sitting, down and stay, heeled walk (tho he's out of practice over winter), going to Place and stay, Leave it (except for a cat), house and crate trained.
it's with great sadness that we are looking for a loving home for Archie so he can relax and Anuk can feel safe. I think he would do best in a home with no other dogs or cats. He loves to sit with you and get pets, loves walks and car rides. Loves people. He's a big lap dog. He is up to date on his shots and is microchipped.