IMPORTANT- Ajax needs a dog savvy owner who knows how to read his body language would really help him succeed.
Weight: 57 lb
Age: 3-4 years
Breed: Australian Shepherd mix.
Color(s): Apricot and white
Good with adults: Yes, has to be in a home with women only. No men please.
Good with kids: No kids
Good with other dogs: If introduced slowly. Does well with calm energy dogs, higher energy dogs stress him out
Good with cats: Not recommended
House trained: Yes
Crate trained: No. He behaves beautifully in the house.
Energy level: Low to medium, but his stamina is improving every day.
Can be handled/touched: Not initially, he takes some time to warm up to people. Ajax is extremely affectionate once he gets to know you.
Barker: Just to alert us to visitors and before meal times.
Flight Risk: No
Food aggressive: With other dogs, yes. Familiar people, no.
Walks on a leash: Walks nicely with a front attaching harness.
Rides well in a car: Yes
Needs a home with a yard: Yes
Needs another dog: No
Can live in an apartment: No, would prefer to have space to run around.
Foster comments: Ajax is a devoted and affectionate dog who loves to swim and go on gentle walks. He takes a bit of time to really trust new people, but as soon as he does you see what a lovely dog he is. I have two other dogs and it took a week for him to socialize well with them, and at first he thought everything in the house belonged to him, but with positive reinforcement and minor corrections he has now found his place and they mix very well. In the house Ajax is a confident dog and doesn’t get spooked by fireworks, thunder, the vacuum cleaner or distant gun shots, but out of his comfort zone he is quite different, and his response to something he is unsure of is to growl at it, so we’re going to work on this. He’s a smart dog and more motivated by affection than treats.
Ajax looks to be a mix of multiple types of herding breeds so he would do well with a large open space to thrive in. He’s very hesitant around new things and needs very slow introductions to new people before he opens up. He has some obedience down but will need further work on this. A dog savvy owner who knows how to read his body language would really help him succeed.
Notes from NDR Training team:
Today we worked on his sit & stay & his down command and he did great. As long as adopter for him goes slow and makes sure rules of the house are set – he’s going to do fine. He’s a very happy go lucky boy once you build that trust bond with him. While that bond can take a few days to develop, once he likes you he really wants to please you. He respects a leader who gives him boundaries that he needs to follow.