Sex; Male Breed; Am Staff mix Age; March 5, 2017 Vet; Up to date, Neutered Personality; Sweet, loving Temperament; Trainable, eager to please
Dez did wonderful at the vets. He's okay in the car and settles in after an initial attempts to get comfortable. He's a superstar with chickens, cats, kids and dogs.... he will guard his person, and that needs to be monitored, otherwise he's seriously perfect!
Let's talk about Dez. He's been with me for a while now, specifically because Spoo has been telling me there was something I wasn't seeing. They play together, wrestle, run, chase and do fine outside, however when I bring Dez inside, she removes herself from his presence (choosing to go sleep on my bed, something she never does). It's taken me a while, but it finally clicked last week. I wasn't prepared to adopt him out until I understood what Spoo saw and was trying to tell me. Dez was surrendered because he had nipped the resident fiance (Dez was rehomed to the surrendering couple, so the man was there when Dez arrived) I, incorrectly, was looking for triggers, aggression. I pushed him hard. I put him in situations that he was highly uncomfortable, and he acted 100% appropriately. I tried to get that response and couldn't. I had honestly started to wonder if fiance was a creep that did something to the boy. Then, one day last week, while I was working outside, Dez was with me (and Spoo) off leash, all day. Spoo was still showing this "hinky" thing that I still couldn't put my finger on. One of the chickens came to investigate the dirt I was working in (fresh turned dirt is a fav of theirs!) and Dez happened to be around for this one. Dez is 100% trustworthy with the chickens and has never tried to hurt one. He steals their food, yes, but completely ignores the chickens. I looked up and saw Dez's looking at the chicken, and honestly thought nothing of it. Then he lunged at it. I hollered, Dez immediately altered course and all was well. I asked him "what the heck Dez?" Then I realized he was cutting between Spoo and I (remember he'd been running around all day at this point, 6 ish ours and was tired). While he was cutting her off, he was arcing his body around my legs which had looked like a "me too" thing. And then it clicked..... Dez has Resource Guarding issues. Not of things and stuff, but of people he bonds to. Like the sweet lady who surrendered him. Like me. So the chicken coming toward me needed to be stopped. Spoo, needs to be kept away. It was soooo subtle at first I couldn't see it. It took him being super tired and getting comfortable and more attached to magnify the behavior, just that little bit so I could recognize it. This is a workable thing for sure. I am now confident in being able to place him. However anyone interested in adopting Dez will need to be prepared to have an approved trainer come and work with them. Here's a link describing what's happening, the science and the work around. Otherwise, he is a perfect companion. https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/…/resource-guarding-treat…
This guy is just settling in now. He's getting good runs and zooms, where as until now he was just calm and uber mannerly. He's good with corrections (stay out of the chicken food) good with off leash, good with chickens, good with other dogs! I've tried a variety of foods and haven't had a single moment where I felt he was reacting. All foods are from Global.
Dez is a really easy boy, a great personality... and no wonder! He's a puppy from Tazz! (who was surrendered last June). He is gentle, and ran away from a kitten who smacked him. He's doing really well being crated next to other dogs (Winnie is right beside him) He is up to date on vaccines, neutered and looking for an awesome home!