Flea needs a foster home!
Flea has been with Dogs of the 9th Ward since July, 2010. He has now been treated for heartworms, fully vetted, and is ready to go! Flea is a really fun boy who just needs work on his manners so that he can be a great dog. Flea was found by a group of high school students from New Jersey who were volunteering in the Lower 9th Ward. He was extremely underweight, had a bad skin infection, and heartworms. He was still extremely friendly with people and just wanted to be loved. Flea adores people and is good with most dogs.
- Breed: pit bull
- Sex: male
- Age: adult,about 3.5-4 years
- Weight: 55 pounds
- Coat type: short
- Coloring: white with black spots
- Type of intake: abandoned (abuse/neglect)
- Location: Lower 9th Ward
- with adults: extremely friendly and excited
- with children: great, but might be too excitable for small children
- with other dogs: dominant but friendly. Good with some dogs, not so good with others.
- with cats: not good (wants to chase them)
Energy and exercise requirements:
- Activity level: active to very active
- Exercise requirements: a walk or play time will be fine
- Good running/jogging partner?: yes, excellent -- loves to run and is very well-behaved on runs
- Good dog park candidate: probably not
- Good doggy day care candidate: probably not
Behavioral in certain situations:
- in cars: good
- in the house: good, but gets overly excited about things like people coming to visit, etc.
- house training: house trained
- crate trained?: yes
- leash trained?: pulls on leash
- in kenneling/boarding situations: does well
- at the vet: does extremely well
History of aggressive, possessive, or territorial behavior:
- ever shown any aggression?: never towards people, but minor aggression towards some dogs and cats
- possessive of food: no
- possessive of toys: slightly with other dogs
- territorial/protective of house/yard: good watch dog, but loves everyone once they're allowed in the house
- play style: very rough
- over all: friendly but dominant. Does best with submissive females. Flea would do well as an only dog or with a compatible playmate.
- dominance level: dominant
- any behavioral issues with other dogs: dominance aggression, humping
More detailed behavior with cats:
- chases cats?: yes
- aggressive towards cats?: unknown
- playful with cats?: no
- rough with cats?: probably
- current health conditions: already treated for heartworms, skin infection, and malnutrition
- long-term health concerns: Flea's teeth have significant tartar and may need to be professionally cleaned in the future
- behavioral issues: dominance with dogs, over excitability
- areas of training that need work: basic manners, self-control when excited
- chews on inappropriate objects?: no, but might if left unsupervised
- digs in the yard?: yes
- pulls on leash?: yes -- needs a lot of work on this and an owner who can control him
- jumps up on people?: yes, when excited
- mouths/nips at people?: occasionally but improving
- urinates/marks things?: no
Any special adoption criteria: Flea is not a good match for families with cats, dominant dogs, or small children. Experience with pits or similar breed dogs is required.
Please contact D9adoptions@gmail.com for more information or call 504.222.3686.