Hello! I’m Larry! I’m Dog of the Month for December!

larryI am a male Lurch (Collie X Greyhound X German Shepherd), am 15 months old and am a large tan and white dog.

I’ve been neutered and my vaccinations are up to date. I’m fit and well but have recently had ear drops and am on Nutrecalm for my behaviour. I eat hypo-allergenic complete food with some Chappie.

I was originally brought to the Ark in January ’18 from another rescue where he’d been taken as a stray. he was rehomed but has sadly been returned for showing aggression to the owners son and people on walks.

I’m friendly but selective with people , extremely lively and full of energy and have become increasingly aggressive towards my owner’s children and, on walks, to dogs and cats and now people. There seems to be no obvious reason for this. I’ve lived with other pets in my home and been fine with them. I’ve lived with children aged 8, 12 and 15 years and was not good with them.I’l almost certainly chase cats.

I’ve lived in kennels for most of my life so far so haven’t had the stable upbringing I should have had. I mustn’t live with children or cats but could possibly live with an older, wiser dog. Most of all I need an experienced owner who can teach me to be more sociable and well-behaved and get to the bottom of and deal with the reasons for my aggression.

 

What the Ark says about me

Larry hadn’t shown any aggression while he was at the Ark but became increasingly aggressive in his new home and had to wear a muzzle when out. He’s house-trained and travels well in the car on the back seat. He has a collar lead and harness when on walks as he can escape from many and his recall is only good in the garden He’ll chase a ball but hasn’t yet mastered retrieving it. He needs an experienced owner with a firm hand and with lots of time and energy to train him and exercise him. He has a great zest for life and needs all that energy channelling. He must also be in a child-free home.

Poor Larry has spent most of his life in rescue so it’s no surprise he has a few issues. He’s not the average companion pet but has basic discipline and will learn in the right home. He needs a home that will understand his psycho character and has sighthound knowledge. He’ll mouth if he doesn’t get his own way so his new family shouldn’t be scared to tell him off as he needs to know he’s not in charge. He shouldn’t live with another dog and will need training to learn to socialise with them more and no children under 15 years. He needs to work as if you give him an inch he’ll take a mile, so would be good at agility or flyball  he will flip his bowl and then chase it so needs it removing at night. Having said all that, he’s a lovely boy and what you see is what you get. It’s quite a big ask but there will be somebody out there who can fulfil his needs and it would make his (and our) Christmas if he were to get his perfect home this month. We don’t want him to start 2019 still n kennels.