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Much like his namesake (Detective Holder from the television mystery show "The Killing"), Holder had a rough start in life and he's often misunderstood because of his outward appearance. However, also like Agent Holder, once you get to know this special dog you soon discover that he has a heart of gold and would do anything to make you smile. People who get to know Holder can't help but fall in love with him.
Holder enjoys visitors to his temporary home, but while out and about he can be sheepish and shy. You see, meet and greet events have a lot of things going on at once, and those things can be overwhelming sometimes. Holder has come a long way in conquering his fears, but he still has some learning and developing to do. Holder can be scared of sudden movements and loud noises. Because of this, he'll need to go to a home without small children where he can be given time to settle and let his personality shine through.
Holder loves his foster family dearly, including his canine foster brother and sister. He spends his days playing and his evenings snuggling. He would be an ideal companion for a family who wants a loyal friend to greet them when they come home. Holder would love to have a canine buddy to play with, and a confident canine friend also helps Holder learn new things aren't so scary. As a dog with simple tastes, Holder enjoys going for walks in his neighborhood, watching tv with his family, playing in the yard, and doing tricks for treats. Holder is a very smart boy who enjoys learning with positive reinforcement training. He says the treats feed his brain and help him think better. His foster mom says learning without the fear of punishment has allowed him to surpass her initial expectations, and that he grows more confident with each new skill he masters.
Holder has graduated from the New Leash On Life prison dog training program where he tested for and passed a Canine Good Citizen evaluation upon his graduation. This means that Holder has shown he can demonstrate an assortment of basic obedience skills.