Fostered North of Boston
Gus is a 2 ½ year old Mastiff mix. He is 100lbs and is a big goofball. He loves his foster home and can be found mostly laying on the hardwood floor in the dining room. He loves his dog brothers (a 6 year old Great Dane and a 2 year old Border collie mix) and sister (a 14 year old Walker hound) and likes to frolic about playing with them throughout the day. We are not sure about cats. He has an affliction with wood and likes to chew it, but doesn’t mind being in his crate when you are not nearby to watch him. He is very eager to please and is good at “sit” and “laydown”. He needs more work on “stay” and need more leash training, but we are working on those. We think he had some pretty rough times before he got to us and gets nervous sometimes. He can be aggressive when new people enter the house. He does settle down after a few minutes of the new person being introduced and gets back to his normal self quickly. We find that he warms up to men quicker than women. He needs reinforcement that people are good. In the few weeks that we have had him he has come out of his protective shell and lets both of us do anything we need to do to care for him including touching his ears, touching his legs/paws and putting our hands in his mouth. He has had a bath and although I wouldn’t say he “liked” it, he tolerated it. He has recently started joining us for snuggle time in our bed and is learning quickly that it is nice to have people and is enjoying the relaxing and extra petting time. He is a hugger and actually uses his paws to pull you in to him, it is quite sweet! Once he learns good leash behavior, long walks/hikes will keep this guy very happy and calm. He does come with buckets of drool but it is limited mostly to when he is hot, hungry or excited. We are teaching him to “wipe his mouth” (a command I am teaching him to come to me while I hold a cloth under his chin and wipe him up, microfiber rags work best for this). He is a good boy and would do best in a setting with active adults and older kids that want to spend time lots of time with Gus.
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