Ranger

Ranger
From: South Carolina
Name: Ranger
Weight: 89lbs
Age: 4 years
Gender: male
Breed: lab/catahoula mix
Colour: black
Good with adults: very selective
Good with kids: no kids is best since he can be nippy
Good with other dogs: tolerates other dogs but he would be happier alone
Good with cats: unsure
House trained: yes
Crate trained: Yes
Energy level: low
Can be handled/touched: is okay with the foster but can be reactive to visitors so is either muzzled or crated if necessary
Barker: yes, when someone knocks or he sees a stranger near the yard
Flight risk: no
Food aggressive: no
Walks on leash: yes
Rides well in car: Yes
Destructive: no
Needs a home with a yard: yes
Needs a home with another dog: no
Can live in an apartment: no

Foster updates: Ranger would do great with a home with no kids, maybe retirees or a hunter. He is very smart & learns quickly. He is very loving but loves to nap & not be bothered. He has gone through lots of training and we are happy to chat with his new family and relay all information.

He is great with the foster but has had some serious anxiety reactions to visitors. In all this, it’s obvious that he’s petrified, and not vicious. But his reaction is still a concern. In working with the trainer around these issues, it seems that Ranger lunges/nips/bites mostly when certain movements startle him – even if he appears to be relaxed or comfortable, and even if we think the movement is minimal. And once he’s triggered, it’s difficult to get him to stop lunging and barking (he can go on for quite a while). He also has issues when at the vet.