13 year old • Male • 46 lbs
Walt Whitman is a tricolor Treeing Walker Coonhound who will melt your heart on looks alone. With watercolor markings, floppy velveteen ears, and a slender white heart shape on his forehead, this handsome guy gets compliments from everyone. Walt’s soulful brown eyes are his most winsome feature, though. Framed by distinguished silvering fur, they reflect volumes of wisdom and love. Walt will be 50 lbs at his ideal weight, making him a perfect Goldilocks dog: not too big, not too small, but just the right size!
Walt Whitman is neutered, heartworm negative, and current on all vaccinations.
Walt has a bit of hearing loss, but his hearing continues to improve little by little each day. At this point, he regularly responds to a snap of the fingers, turns around when something drops on the floor, or looks at you if you call to him with slightly louder volume. As with normal hearing dogs, his obedience training relies on auditory cues paired with visual cues. We also incorporate physical cues (e.g., shaking the lead on walks). His auditory cues are louder (whistles and duck calls are great!), and his visual cues more consistent and pronounced. His foster family has had great success with a small set of ASL signs with Walt to communicate things like Good job, Go potty, Calm, etc.
Walt Whitman came from a rural shelter.
IAR subsidizes post-adoption professional training with Jane Marshall (www.cheerydogs.com) to encourage a life-long and successful bond between the dog and the adopter. Group classes for puppies and adult dogs are provided at a substantial discount to IAR adopters.