Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Age: 2 years (DOB: 12-19-15)
Kids: No, maybe dog savvy teens 14yrs+
Adoption fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Strongly preferred
Louie came to French Bulldog Second Chance Rescue due to behavioral issues. Please read Louie's below bio very carefully before submitting an adoption application!!Louie's original family (although they were able to work with him and improve on of some of his aggression issues) was fearful of his resource guarding behaviors around their young child.
Despite his quirks, Louie is a great little dog, who is happy, friendly, playful and very active (but still likes to lounge and be lazy from time to time too, of course!). Louie is a great pup who is going to be an excellent companion so long as his adoptive family has the will and the patience to deal with his quirks. Bulldog owners often say that since Bulldogs are so hard headed, their people have to be more stubborn and hard headed than they are, at times! This saying very much rings true for Louie. He MUST have a firm, consistent leadership with clearly set rules and boundaries in place in his adoptive home. With firm, consistent leadership (and clearly set rules and boundaries) he seems to do amazingly well and has had very few issues with with his foster family. He loves walks and hanging out near his people. Again, he is a pretty active Frenchie and he is happiest running and playing in the backyard with his Aussie dog neighbor (if that's any indication to his activity level!). Louie will also fall into that category of "a tired dog is a happy dog"; so his adoptive family will need to be prepared to make sure he has lots of walks and exercise to burn any pent up energy he may have, especially if his family works away from the home during the daytime. Louie's adoptive family will also need to know to give themselves time to get to know him and understand him. Learning what works for each dog (and their family) to manage and correct unwanted behaviors becomes the key. To best manage Louie, the main thing to know is that Louie is VERY possessive of the spaces and things he considers HIS. If he has a toy, his growl keeps the other dogs away, and he has bitten when a person tried to take away one of his toys. If he is showing these types of behaviors, all resources should be removed as soon as safely possible. He must earn these privileges back as time passes with good behavior. If he continue to resource guard them and act out, he just won't be able to have access to those things he regularly guards. This very much follows the "Tough Love" and/or "Nothing in Life is Free" policy. Again, his adoptive family will need to be okay with implementing and providing him with firm, consistent leadership along with clearly set rules and boundaries. Louie also does not enjoy being picked up and will usually growl when picked up. This behavior will be something his adoptive family will need to continue working on with positive reinforcement. Louie must also not be allowed to be in a elevated position within his home (i.e. no being up on the human bed, couch, chairs, etc.). Him remaining on ground level at all times is significant to him understanding and learning to respect the pack leadership roles in the household. Due to his past behaviors with resource guarding, Louie will not be adopted to a family with young children under the age of 14 yrs old. He could possibly live with a family with older teenage kids who are very dog knowledgeable and capable of following the necessary steps to keep both themselves and Louie safe. Louie gets along with other dogs but, as he tends to resource guard his toys from other dogs and humans, he will need a home with other very easy going dogs that will not bother him or instigate fights if he happens to have a toy.
Louie is mostly housetrained and knows some basic commands, according to his foster mom. A regular, consistent schedule will help with is continued potty training success in his new home. As with all of our dogs, any adopter will need to be able to and willing to continue working on potty training with him. Louie loves his crate but does tend to resource guard his crate (same with xpens) with a vengeance. Of course, it’s important to be able to crate a dog for traveling and vet visits, but his best chance at success will be a home where he can be baby gated/kept in a dog safe area instead of a crate or xpen which would probably help eliminate a majority of his crating issues. Louie loves walks and when his foster mom has a leash in her hand he typically comes out of the crate in happy anticipation. The lesson here for him is: DON'T REACH INTO THE CRATE to get him to come out, finding a way to get HIM TO EXIT ON HIS OWN is key. Once he comes out on his own, if you close crate door behind him then this will prevent him from going back in and having any further issues at the time.
Louie seems be in pretty good health but may have some mild allergies. He does have a special medicated shampoo to help keep his skin from getting dried out and itchy. If his foster family notices he happens to be a bit itchy, baths with the medicated shampoo seem to help significantly. He has also had some issues with itchy paws from time to time but his foster family has been working on that with him as well. Louie also has luxating patellas (loose knee caps) but they do not currently cause him any issues and he runs, jumps and plays on a daily basis without any issues. He is not currently on any joint supplements however, as he ages, he would likely benefit from a joint support supplement such as Dogzymes Phytoflex. He has been neutered, is microchipped, has been updated on vaccinations/dewormings, and has been given the okay for adoption by our veterinarian!
Louie would do well in almost any type of home, as long as his adoptive home is able to provide firm, consistent leadership with clearly set rules and boundaries (catching onto the theme yet?). Since he LOVES running and playing in his fenced backyard with the other dogs, a fenced yard is strongly preferred for him, but is not a requirement as long as his adopters can provide him with lots of long walks throughout the day time. He seems to do fine with stairs and they have not been an issue for him to manage in his foster home. He may be able to go to work with his new family if they wanted to take him with them to the office (if it was a dog friendly environment) and he had his own space to hang out in. If not, he's completely happy sleeping the day away at home as long as his people can arrange a mid day potty break for him!
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NOTE: ALL adopters are required to come and pick up their adopted dogs in person from the dog's foster home (we do not ship any of our dogs). Please have road/driving transport plans in place to pick up an adopted dog before you apply! While we are not against adopters flying a foster dog in cabin on a commercial flight, please keep in mind that many are not good candidates for flying due to behavioral issues, size and/or being a brachycephalic/short nosed breed.
If an adopter can not keep one of our grads, for any reason at all, at ANY point in time, they *must* be willing and able to return their adopted dog to his/her original foster home, despite distance and any costs that would be required to do so.
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