Breed: Lab mix
Age: 1 year
Size: Large breed
Health: Neutered, healthy, requires occasional anal gland expression
Ideal Match: A family that loves the beach and has another playful dog or two
Murphy is a great dog. He plays wonderfully with other dogs, especially with 1-2 dogs at a time, adjusting his play style to what works with them. He likes to play with toys (especially tug of war) with humans and dogs alike. The beach is his happy place and he can play there for hours, greeting everyone with excitement. He likes people but does have some stranger fear and needs proper and patient introductions.
Murphy originally came to us after a good Samaritan found him abandoned in the desert as a puppy and rescued him. He was adopted out but has since returned to our rescue due to struggling with Isolation Distress. His owners would like to rehome him somewhere with another playful dog or two, as Murphy has done great in a home with another dog when the humans leave – alternately playing and resting.
He is a gentle and sensitive soul who frightens easily from loud noises and does best when people are patient with him and avoid any loud or negative corrections. Because of his startle response, Murphy would likely do best in a family with kids who are 12 or older.
Murphy has completed the following training:
-Basic Obedience with Pack Method Prep
-Urban Advanced Class with Andrea
-Behavioral modification & confidence building with Kindred Companions
Murphy’s trainer is available via Zoom to meet with Murphy’s adopters to help with any problems they face. She recommends adopters please purchase “Separation Anxiety in Dogs: Next Generation Treatment Protocols and Practices” (Malena DeMartini-Price). Recently released, it should help with both understanding Murphy and his transition.
Murphy will need patience as he transitions to a new home and continued training to help him build his confidence and resilience.