Adoption Status: Available to adopt
Foster Status: In Foster Care
DOB: Approx August 2018
Breed: Catahoula Leopard Dog x
Size: Large (approx 30kg)
Fencing Requirements: Minimum 1.5m of secure, dog-proof fencing around the home
Hobbies: Going on adventures, cuddles on the sofa in front of the fire, gardening (well, digging actually!), going for rides in the car, WALKIES (he'd make a fab walking/hiking buddy), swimming
Good Habits: Clean, smart, quiet, crate trained, toilet trained, social with everybody and everything, knows his manners (sit, lay down, bed, come and more), loves snuggles, is good at sharing.
Bad Habits: Picking the flowers off his foster mum's strawberry plants... Jumps up (but foster mum is working with him on this and he is getting better)
Special Requirements: Good quality grain free food to keep him happy and healthy. Luke likes to eat and is a bit lazy so a regulated diet will be a must for this boy to avoid him becoming overweight
Ideal Home: A calm and quiet household with daily walks and adventures, then just relaxing around the home, Luke needs day-time human company or another easygoing dog in the home.
Adoption Fee: $285
Luke is a very handsome but very sweet and sensitive gentle giant. He has had a very rough start to life and has spent a lot of time putting that life behind him and gaining his confidence back.
He is currently in a wonderful foster home where he is learning that life is not scary, people won't hurt you and learning how to dog (he has just found his zoomie button! and is starting to explore)
Luke is a sweet sensitive boy who loves to be a wingman, always one step away keeping an eye on things no matter what you're doing, happily curling up for a snooze wherever you stop, or playing/snuggling with whomever comes to visit. He is a big boy still full of puppy playfulness and he loves playing with his foster siblings. He is still in the chewing phase of development. He loves a good sturdy chew but it needs to be suitably rugged for his strong breed. Luke LOVES water and will happily run and splash through the river or stream or splash about in his paddling pool (he hasn't been to the beach yet but we imagine he would love that too!).
Due to Lukes rough start, his confidence is still building and he is prone to anxiety & 'switching off' when unsure. He is developing really well with consistent reward based training (positive and force free training ONLY), and his forever home would need to understand and be committed to continuing with this approach. He has worked very hard to gain back his confidence with people so a wonderful home with people who will cherish him for the rest of his days is a must. His new hooman will need to be aware that things can still be scary for Luke and be willing to kindly and gently work with him so he can live his very best life. We would suggest that a calm home where someone is home during the day and without young children would be best.
Luke is very social with other dogs (big and small) and is currently in a foster home with two others. He is also around cows, horses and sheep and ignores them all. We do not know how he is with cats. Luke can find people & dogs very exciting at first and forgets his training sometimes jumping up on them, but this is something his foster mum is working on with him. He can find new situations a little scary, his response is to lay down and 'switch off', but he responds well to encouragement in these situations. He hides it well, but Luke is a timid boy. Luke does not like to be left home alone, this is very scary for him and he will cry so a home where someone is home during the day or a home with another easy going but playful dog would be best. He is crate trained however and this makes him feel safe, so short periods alone in his crate are ok.
Luke is a very special boy with a horrendous background, therefore, we are searching for a forever home for him that is willing to do what is needed for Lukes wellbeing and to understand that he may need a little more time to settle into a new home than most dogs. For this reason, any potential adopter will be required to visit and spend time with Luke and his foster mum a minimum of 3 times prior to adoption. We will also be there to support any adopter in any way we can post adoption to ensure things go well and both adopter and Luke have the support they need in order to make the adoption a success. The right home will be rewarded with a loving and happy pup that will be a best mate for years to come.
As with all Pound Hounds, Luke must be allowed inside the home (this includes sleeping) so he can really be part of the family.
Additional info: No children under 14.