Boyd is an 8.5 year old male who is a sweet and loving dog with a lovely coat and an expressive face. However, he has had something terrible happen to him in his previous life, probably at night. Boyd is a fearful dog that responds to triggers by barking, flight, lunging and/or nipping. He tends to have the most trouble in the evening. He will need to be the only dog in the home and will require experienced, very patient humans to work through his triggers with positive treat reinforcement (as unexpected touch sometimes startles him) and lots and lots of good healthy exercise. He is happiest outside laying in the sun, going for walks, car rides and is very food motivated. He even does well at doggie day care where he can run and play all day with other pups. He will approach you for love on his own terms and will reward you with kisses.
Boyd has been to a vet behavioralist and was sent home with many good suggestions for rehabilitation and counter-conditioning. His foster family has worked with him for many weeks and have seen some slow progress and trust building occur. It will take tons of patience, dog savvy and time for change to occur.
We are looking for someone to “foster-to-adopt” so that Boyd can be kept within the BSR system until we are absolutely sure that his success is ensured. That means that BSR will continue to cover his expenses and be ultimately responsible for decisions about his welfare. Continued work with an experienced vet or trainer who specializes in rehabilitating dogs will be necessary. If you think you can open your heart and home to helping Boyd journey back to a normal life, please contact us.