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Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler

Medium  |  Male

Garden City, NY



Howdy y’all! I’m Sprout! I’m a fun loving, playful, medium-high energy 3 year old ACD who came to live with my foster mom after my previous owners left me at a shelter in North Carolina. My foster mom says I’m the definition of a Velcro dog because I always want to be by her side. I absolutely love wrestling with my foster sisters in the backyard and going for car rides with my foster mom. I do have something called an overbite which means that my lower jaw is shorter than my upper jaw, but it doesn’t slow me down at all with eating, drinking, or playing, and it gives me an extra special and adorable grin!
When I came to my foster mom’s house, I was feeling really sick and was fighting something that the doctor called an upper respiratory infection. Instead of getting better, I started feeling even worse and the doctor found out I had developed something called pneumonia. After a lot of TLC and a couple weeks of medicine, I am now feeling like a million bucks! I am making up for the time I lost while I was so sick when I couldn’t be with my foster sisters, and I spend every possible minute with them now. We wrestle and run in the backyard, and they have taught me how to play a really fun game called “fetch.” I can’t catch the ball in my mouth like my foster sisters can but I’m working on it. I am a vocal player and I growl and grunt a lot. After playtime, I come in and snuggle with my foster sisters on a dog bed or curl up at my foster mom’s feet. I really like to play with other dogs, but I would prefer to be the only “child” in my new family so that all the attention and focus can be on me.
I am house trained and I have learned to like my crate quite a bit. I prefer my plastic crate to a wire crate because it feels like my own personal den! My foster mom is also working on my manners. I know my name, “sit”, “down”, “come”, “load up”, “kennel”, “no”, and “wait”. I’m still working on “leave it”, “drop it”, and “stay”, but I am figuring these commands out. I also am still learning how to walk nicely on a leash; my foster mom says I pull a lot but I just get so excited about where we’re going and what we’re going to see that I can’t help myself! My foster mom has used something called a Gentle Leader on me and I walk much better on the leash with that on and am learning how to “heel.” She says I am all ACD because I am a tough nut to crack and am hardheaded. I won’t give away any secrets of what happened in my previous home, but if given an inch, I take a mile. If given the opportunity, I will try to assert my dominance over everyone in the household and if I succeed, I can be a real handful. I can get very pushy to try to get my way.
I am an attention seeker and I don’t care whether it is positive attention for something I have done right or negative attention for something I have done wrong. If I am asked to do something or something is done to me that I don’t like, I tend to get mouthy instead of being agreeable but my foster mom is working with me on this. My new family will need to be prepared to establish a routine and work with me consistently to continue the training that my foster mom has already put in. My new family will also need to be prepared to work with me with a trainer on the issues that I already have that are still a work in progress. I got a lot of mixed signals in my lifetime, and I am just trying to sort them all out and learn how to be a good boy.
I tend to be a little protective of my food because I don’t want anyone to steal it, but my foster mom is working with me on that and I am realizing that I don’t need to defend my food. I prefer to eat in my crate. I also can be possessive of chews and toys, something my foster mom calls resource guarding. I would do best in a home without children.
I am neutered, up to date on all vaccinations, current on heartworm prevention and flea and tick prevention, and have a clean bill of health from the veterinarian! I am ready to find my forever home and would love for it to be with an active couple either on a farm or with a big yard with plenty of room to run and play!
Sprout is currently being fostered in Durham, NC.
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Sprout is currently being fostered in Durham, NC.

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