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Our professional trainers carefully select our dogs by evaluating them for temperament, health and eagerness to please. They are rescued from shelters where they are at risk for euthanasia. They enter a rigorous training program to become Hearing Dogs for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Not all of our outstanding dogs can meet the demands of becoming a Certified Assistance Dog, thus the need for a "Career Change". They are, however, still winners, and make wonderful pets. Many are already housebroken and some know basic obedience commands. In short, these "near misses" make wonderful companions. We can help match you with a lifelong canine companion.
Posted on 9/4/2018
Meet Parker ! He is a Westie/Maltese Mix, approx. 2yrs. old and weighs 16 lbs. He was adopted from a local shelter as a stray. We noticed right away that he was incredibly shy and timid. It did take a day or two before he had warmed up to all the women but much longer with the men. He definitely prefers the compnay of women and is most bonded to his trainer.
He can be fearful at times and will retreat to his bed but the fearfulness does not last. Otherwise, we see him daily here as a happy dog, playful with a few of the other dogs and eager for his turn in the training area. It has been baby steps teaching him to accept bathing and grooming (Mostly electric hair clippers) but he is so great with a bath now and has learned to tolerate the blow dryer and hair clippers.
Since he was brought into the shelter as a stray, we have no other information and can only speculate what his life was prior. I do think someone was kind to him, probably a woman. He does not seem familiar with kids (ignores them) and he is indifferent towards men. he may have been a backyard dog but he is definitely a house dog now. He has nice house manners and enjoys being inside where he can curl up in his bed. He does get car sick so just very short fun drives in a car seat with some ginger or Bonine are best for him; otherwise, neighborhood walks will do!
While he does play with the other dogs, he really would prefer to be an only dog. If he is receiving affection, he would prefer not to have to share this special time with another dog
While Parker may not be the best choice for busy household, he is a quiet, easy going and sweet dog and will make someone (female) a wonderful companion. I don't think he will ever warm up the same to a man and he would do best in a home without kids or other dogs UNLESS that dog is Minnie (also available for adoption). These two are best buds.
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