Takeoff

Takeoff
From: Kentucky
Name: Takeoff
Weight: 70lbs
Age: 4yrs
Gender: Male
Spayed/Neutered: Neutered
Breed: American Bulldog/Lab mix
Colour: Black/White

Neck size (for collar): medium martingale collar
Chest circumference (for harness):
Height (from top of head):
Length (from nose to base of tail):
Crate size recommended: 36”

Good with women: Yes
Good with men: Yes
Good with kids: No young kids. If kids, must be mature 16+ only who are dog savvy, and understand dog boundaries and dog communication signs and language.
Good with other dogs: Yes
Good with cats: Lived in a home with cats, but he does chase them, never allowed it to get to the point of interaction. Dog savvy cats might be ok, but likely better in a home without cats
House trained: Yes
Crate trained: He needs a crate to sleep in and self soothe in. Will go in on his own but runs out if he thinks you’ll close the door.
Energy level: Moderate. He enjoys daily walks and outside playtime but also enjoys lounging and hanging out.
Can be handled/touched: if indoors, only once he’s comfortable, then absolutely enjoys being petted. If he is anxious, he does not like being touched on his head or neck, and he will growl. Best to watch for the warning signs and only pet if he’s okay with it. If he’s outdoors, he appears more confident and is okay with being pet.
Barker: He can demand bark at times when he wants to do something such as go outside or when he’s left for an extended period of time.
Flight risk: No
Food aggressive: No
Current food: He will eat any dog food as long as it’s mixed with a little bit of wet food in the start. Slowly start to decrease wet food and he’ll start to eat the dry on its own
Walks on leash: needs a front-clip harness, as does not walk well on flat collar. He’s a great walker on a front clip harness.
Leash reactive to people or dogs: He gets excited to see people he knows and will bark for their attention. Reactive, no.
Rides well in car: Doesn’t love the car. Barks the entire time. He has not had enough time to practice many car rides, so there’s opportunities for improvement
Destructive: No.
Needs a home with a yard: That would be great but we don’t believe he needs it. He enjoys walks.
Needs a home with another dog: We believe he would do well either way.
Can live in an apartment: No. He is too vocal for an apartment or condo building

Some information to note from our experiences:
Takeoff is incredibly affectionate, playful, and silly. He enjoys playing with toys, people, and other dogs. He was in playgroups with many other dogs and did very well. He did not appreciate a spray bottle being used on another dog and barked/growled at the lead handler in the yard. He did not progress beyond barking/growling. We would recommend training based on rewarding desired behaviors and responding to negative behaviors by removing a wanted thing rather than adding a punishment.

Takeoff is used to trading toys our behavior coordinator has not noticed any guarding behavior but recommends continuing the swapping/trading method for retrieving toys.

Takeoff enjoys chew bones, Vienna sausages (as rewards).

Updated foster comments: Takeoff loves to attach himself to one person and follow you everywhere. He is extremely loving to those he trusts. He’d be ideal for a couple or single person without kids. He walks amazing. He licks a lot and is so excited to see you when you come home. Though very anxious he is not destructive and just lays and waits for you to come home. Only whining for a few minutes. He plays rough with dogs but loves to play. He’s a wonderful dog. Kids heighten his anxiety, so he needs a home without small kids. Whoever gets him will get a great dog.