Dogs: Good, playful, but has pushy puppy manners
Strangers: Anxious, avoidant. Will bark and growl lightly. Food helps!
Crate Skills: Good
Leash Skills: Good
Energy Level: Low, with bursts of puppy energy. Likely to change post-surgery
Confidence: Timid, Anxious, pushy puppy behaviour
Affectionate: Moderate, loves people he knows. Enjoys affection, but not pushy.
Training: Very food motivated, takes direction well. Smart.
Behavioural: Overexcitement when food is handled
Best traits: Sweet, smart, bouncy, affection, playful.
Needs work: Confidence, socialization with people, settling when food is being handled.
Adoption Fee: $750
Mandatory Training: All Taffy's Legacy dogs requires a home that can commit to their training with a professional trainer to set dogs up for success. We have partnered with Training Dogs Online to give Taffy's Legacy adopters 50% off to their lifetime program, however we can also recommend other great local or online programs. Adoptions will not be finalized till we have proof of signing up with a training program that we approve of.
Vetting: Berlin had all of his puppy vaccines. Berlin was dewormed at 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 weeks old.
Berlin has a condition called pulmonic dysplasia which is causing stenosis which means he is at risk for arrhythmias, symptoms (such as syncope/fainting), and sudden death.
Berlin had a successful balloon valvuloplasty surgery on November 22nd/23. This has significantly increased his quality and length of life. An echocardiogram will be completed in Feb/24 for follow up on how impactful the procedure was.
Berlin is being fostered in Kitchener
Birthdate: April 3rd, 2023
Breed: Lab/Shephard/Husky Mix
Weight: Medium to Large full grown
Dogs: Good with dogs, happy to engage and play with dogs that are introduced. Does have pushy puppy manners. Does like to take dog toys/beds from the other Dogs but is submissive.
Cats: Loves cats, is gentle and gets along with feline friends
Kids: Grew up around a toddler and baby, he loved his human sisters and was very gentle with them
Strangers: Extremely timid with people, has been socialized, but has a timid disposition. Will growl very quietly at people in his home that he does not know, or bark. He is currently learning, "Quiet" and continued training is being put into socialization with strangers.
Crate Skills: As long as there is a blanket in his crate, he is a happy pup to snuggle up and take a nice snooze. He does take a few days to settle into new environments and will lightly cry to get attention. This is currently being worked on in his foster home.
Leash skills: Very good considering he is only 7 months old. He is walked on a transitional leash as he can be skittish of cars, or people running by. He walks nicely in a loose leash walk most of the time, although he can surprise you with random puppy zoomies!
Energy Level: Berlin is currently a low energy pup, he only needs an hour of walking per day, along with enrichment toys between his long snooze sessions. He does love to play and is never discouraged as we want him to live his best life! So far post-surgery he is still relatively on the low side of medium energy.
Confidence: Berlin is an anxious dog and would do best in a home devoted to building his confidence. He is very smart, and very food motivated, which will make training him fun for all parties!
Affection: Berlin is not the kind of dog that demands affection from his people, however he is still very much a love bug and soaks up all of the affection his family is willing to provide him. He would prefer to be able to follow his people around to see what they are getting up to but is being taught that he does not need to be someone's shadow all day.
Training: Berlin is always eager to train when kibble is involved. He is very keen and understands his cues well, always ready to learn new things for rewards.
Behavioural: Berlin is overexcited by food and will whine, cry and have mini bouncing tantrums when food is being prepared for his breakfast and dinner, or if any of the other resident dogs are being fed. Although a good food drive makes training much easier, we are working to lessen the excitement around food and reduce demand crying for food.
We are still learning about Berlin, and will update his profile more once she settles into her new foster home.