This girl’s fixin’ to move on out of the city to a place where ya’ll can see the stars and hear the wind blowin’ through the trees. The cramped condos, the constant noise, the hustle and bustle of the city, well, that’s ok for some, but that’s just not Bleu!
Pardon her boldness, but city life don’t amount to a hill o’ beans for Bleu! It stinks to high heaven and everyone just seems too darn rushed. She needs that rural calm so she can settle down, relax, and focus on the important things, like hanging out with her new family.
Bleu loves being outdoors so a fenced backyard with lots of space for her to investigate and play, with no adjoining dog owners would be the perfect setting. Bleu is not a swimmer but has enjoyed learning how to play in the water.
Sound like your type of lass? Well heck! Here’s a little more about Bleu: Bleu has THE BEST house manners and is completely house and crate trained (she voluntarily retreats to her crate when she’s ready for bed). She is extremely gentle and adores all human attention and loves belly rubs. She is a giant bundle of cuddles, always looking for someone to pet her or chat to her with her tail wagging wildly.
She plays moderately with her toys, a few squeaky toys and a tug rope round out her favourite items, but she spends most of her spare snoozing near her people.
Bleu was always a dog-friendly girl…she loved to play with any other dog. All this changed the day she was attacked by a pack of dogs…just like a human, she was terrified! Since that day, Bleu has had a hard time with other dogs.
She is very eager and anxious to meet other pups, but her selective leash reactivity leaves other dog owners concerned and confused. Her whines and tail wagging at the sight of another dog can quickly turn to barking and pulling if the other dog appears aggressive, or if she’s denied the greeting. More often than not, Bleu is excited to meet other dog owners, but not necessarily their pups. We think Bleu misses canine companionship but doesn’t quite know how to show other dogs that she’s actually a real sweetheart. It’s important to note that she has successfully made a few canine friends with proper introductions. All friends have been well trained, docile dogs with experienced owners that have patience and pockets full of treats.
Bleu is in need of a loving home in a less dense or rural area where dog interactions can be kept to a minimum. Living in a suburban neighbourhood, which is loaded with dogs of every breed, temperament and obedience has been hard for Bleu.
Bleu is working on her basic obedience which includes sit, stay and down, and she is making great progress.
Bleu requires a strong, dog savvy handler for walks and further training. She may be a true gentle giant at heart but her Wonder Woman strength requires a prong collar for neighbourhood walks. We have had tremendous success using the prong collar but children however, should never be given her leash as she really is strong. It should also be noted that Bleu loves children and is very tolerant of their behaviour, but she does get nervous when little ones cry.
Bleu has been fostered for the past three months with a wonderful family. They say they couldn’t imagine a sweeter girl than this little Texan!
Weight: 64 lb.
Age: 3.5 years DOB 1/29/18
Breed: lab-retriever mix
Colour: Yellow and White
Length from Nose to tail 46″
Height from top of head: 26″
Neck 22″, prong collar recommended
Chest size for harness: large
Crate size recommended: large
Good with women: Yes
Good with men: Yes
Good with kids: Yes, but age 12 and up recommended, as she is very strong
Good with dogs: Selectively reactive, has made some canine friends
Good with cats: Not cat tested, but not recommended (she has demonstrated a decent prey drive for squirrels and chipmunks)
House trained: Yes
Crate trained: Yes, but not needed
Energy level: Medium
Can be handled/touched: Yes, enjoys the interaction
Barker: No, only if another dog is in sight
Flight risk: potentially. Bleu feels safe at home, but is startled by loud noises outdoors. Leash is recommended outdoors unless she’s in a fully fenced area.
Food aggressive: No. She has the most gentle mouth.
Current food: PC Nutrition First Lamb, Brown Rice and Pea.
Walks well on a leash: Needs a strong and experienced handler, a prong collar is very useful.
Basic obedience training is continuing.
Leash reactive to people or dogs: To other dogs yes, becomes very excited and vocal, but her intentions are unclear.
Rides well in cars: Yes, but she really wants to ride in the front seat so a crate is recommended if you don’t want her in the passenger seat.
Destructive: Not one bit.
Needs a home with a yard: Yes. A fenced in yard would be best. On a sunny day, Bleu loves nothing more than to nap and play all day in a fenced yard.
Needs a home with another dog: Unsure. Bleu might pair well with a docile, well trained dog but it is really unknown..
Can live in an apartment: Not recommended
FTA RETURN: Leash reactive to other dogs.
Bleu used to get along well with other dogs until she was attacked by another dog causing her to become leash reactive to them. She gets excited when she sees another dog and will pull, lunge and bark.