5 year old • Male • 55 lbs
Tobias (Toby) is gray with spots of white on his back, chest, and feet. He has one ear that stands up and one cute, floppy ear.
Toby is sweet, silly, and loving. This world where he is a friend to humans is new to him, and he is just learning how to receive affection. Don't get me wrong, though: Toby loves people and has a sweet, sweet temperament. Because of Toby's past, he has guarding issues with other dogs; so he needs to be the only dog in the house. But he does like other dogs and is not reactive toward them.
To get attention from people, he nuzzles and rests his head on their lap or arm. Toby tends to nibble gently on hands, but is starting to learn to do so less. He likes to be near people, but will also settle on his comfy bed in a separate room. Toby is doing well with house-training. He is quiet in the crate and sometimes sits in there during the day with the door open. He knows Sit, Wait and Come.
Toby is a medium-energy guy. He loves to play fetch, but be prepared to have two balls—since he will give one up only when another is in play! He is a great passenger in the car and likes to go on adventures. Toby also likes going on walks and is doing well with learning leash manners. He is easily redirected from anything that grabs his focus using the Watch me command and a treat .
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Toby is up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, and neutered. He is being treated for a skin allergy and eats a diet of salmon kibble.
Toby tested positive for heartworms and is receiving a gentle protocol to gradually eliminate the heartworms: an initial 28 days of doxycycline along with ivermectin heartworm preventative (Heartgard, Iverheart, or Tri-heart) twice that month, continuing with the preventative every two weeks for a year.
With the gentle protocol, no excessive confinement is required. He should not be out in the heat for long periods of time, and should not engage in heavy exercise until he tests negative for heartworms. Heavy exercise that should be avoided includes full-speed running for any distance, jogging more than a short distance such as a driveway or a block, repetitive ball chasing, and high-energy play with other dogs.
Toby began the gentle protocol August 2020 and so should test negative in August 2021.
Toby 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.