DoB: September 18, 2017
HERDING INSTINCT: Unknown
ISSUES: Started nipping at strangers when walking by in close spaces; may be extremely reactive if over stimulated by movement (left to watch traffic driving by, for example);
At our first introduction, in a busy Tim Horton's parking lot, there was not a lot of hope that Sonic would make it to the "Adoptable Dogs" pages of the website.
Even though he was on doggy prozac (as prescribed by his vet), and buckled into his front seat belt harness, he was lunging & barking & snapping at us while we unloaded his accessories from his vehicle to the MuttBus. When brought out of his vehicle, his frustration escalated as he tried to lunge & grab at me, completely throwing his owner off guard. When he could not reach me, he redirected his bites towards his owner as she struggled to move him to my vehicle, where we had put his blanket.
Once she had him in my truck, we gave him a few minutes to check it out while we discussed his behaviour. Expecting the worst when getting into the truck, I was completely dumbfounded by his calmness & serenity. He settled down on his blanket & did not move or make a sound for the hour long trip home.
Once home, he rolled over on the back seat & offered his tummy for belly rubs when the door was opened for him to get out. He solicited attention politely & if I had not seen his initial reaction, I would not believe he was anything but a sweet, busy BC puppy.
Since his arrival, he has been a typical, busy BC puppy. He is crate trained, likes his toys, food motivated, solicits attention, offers basic behaviours for rewards, comes when called & gets along with most of the dogs he meets (doesn't love everyone, but who does?).
He is no longer on the prescription prozac as when we consulted our vet about it, & explaining the behaviours observed when first meeting, we agreed it wasn't really doing a very good job of relaxing him in an overstimulating environment.
So we are happy to say that Sonic made it to our ADHD dogs page. Although we have not seen the original behaviour in the months he's been at the Retreat, there is the possibility that certain environments, once adopted, may trigger it and potential adopters need to be aware that it may show up in the future.
Sonic was owner surrendered due to escalating nipping behaviours around strangers and/or after being over stimulated by his surroundings & his frustration in not being able to give chase.