Dogs: Good, does best with proper introductions
Crate Skills: Needs work
Leash Skills: Needs work
Energy Level: Low/Medium
Confidence with Novelty: Confident
Best traits: Fun loving, friendly goofball, lazy, happy
Needs work: General training, conditioned calmness
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: Koopa is fully vetted and neutered. He has some hip issues that we are exploring.
Koopa is being fostered in Delhi, ON.
Birthdate: December 7, 2021
Koopa (M) is a 1.5 year old mastiff mix. He is currently being fostered in a detached home with 2 canine foster siblings.
Koopa is house and crate trained. Koopa is a BIG BOY, and often doesn't quite understand that he is stronger than others, but he is doing very well with his training and loves to please his people.
Koopa is very happy go lucky and playful with his canine friends, however he can make poor choices when adrenalized and does best with calm proper introductions. Koopa has had an incident with one other dog who was jumping up where he overcorrected, resulting in that dog needing stitches. With his friends, Koopa is fun and playful, and does well with supervised play with other well balanced dogs. He doesn't always understand his size, and does play rough, so he would be best suited playing with other large breed confident dogs, as he can intimate more nervous or reserved dogs with his big size and big play style. He has shown some prey drive for smaller dogs, and would do best sticking to his bigger companions. We have not cat tested, but at this time with his size and prey drive we are looking for a home without cats.
Koopa is a big loveable goofball and loves all people. He does well meeting new people and is a patio faviourite hanging out with his foster mom and her girlfriends in public social settings. He has had one incident of grabbing a staff members coat and playing tug of war which caused it to rip - due to this he is looking for a home wihtout kids or with older kids.
Koopa is very food motivated and loves training, and has been going to a group training class weekly since his intake. He is doing very well, knows his markers, and continues to work on training daily with the kennel staff!
Koopa is playful at the kennel, however he is a lower energy boy and has some hip/elbow issues that prevent him from participating in longer walks. He is looking for a lower energy home that can continue conditioning calmness and give him lots of puzzle toys and satisfy his mental energy. He is currently taking a glucosamine supplement.
His perfect home would have power breed experience.
Fun facts about Koopa:
-This big guy is happy to be with and please his person! He loves to chew on wood and play in the sprinkler. He is hesitant to get into the bath tub but once he is in there, he is happy to get the attention and be scrubbed with soap and water! Koopa loves going for car rides but I have recently noticed that jumping into the back of the Jeep has been a struggle some days. I tend to get him to get his front paws up and lift his back end to help out.
-Koopa likes to take shoes out of the closet and bring them to me but will never chew on or destroy. Likes to play with circle shaped foods before he eats.
Koopa is a big puppy in a full adult sized body! He can be easily overstimulated and always wants to be part of the fun! He would benefit from conditioning calmness and place exercises, as well as working on his crate training and leash skills. High prey drive in adrenalized situations. Koopa's foster mom works hard to manage his environment, facilitate proper introductions with trusted dogs and supervise play with his canine friends. Koopa is also working on puppy nipping - and uses marker language to get the point across that the behavior is unacceptable.
Here is what Koopa's foster mom has to say about him:
"Koopa is an absolute joy to have around. His goofy, owner pleasing personality makes him great to train and build an outstanding relationship with. He loves to be around people in new and familiar environments and receive all the attention. This big guy doesn't require a lot of exercise to tire him out and is very well at settling down in his crate or on his dog bed for some rest and relaxation. He loves to chew on his wood log or indulge in his licky mat when his Foster Mom makes him one. If I had more room and didn't already have two dogs, Koopa would be my first #fosterfail. He is truly a a big treat!"