Age: 2 years
Weight: ~50 lbs.
Breed: Saluki/Collie mix
Training Deposit: $100
Adoption Fee: $500
Dogs: Yes, friendly
*WLK CARES DEEPLY ABOUT THE SAFETY OF OUR VOLUNTEERS, FOSTERS, ADOPTERS, AND DOGS. WE ARE CONTINUING TO MONITOR THE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS TO ENSURE WE STAY WITHIN THE GOVERNOR’S GUIDELINES. AT THIS TIME, OLLIE IS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION. WE WILL MOVE HIM TO HIS NEW HOME AS LONG AS WLK DEEMS IT IS SAFE TO DO SO, AND BOTH THE ADOPTER AND WLK ARE COMFORTABLE WITH THE MOVE.*
***ALL APPLICANTS MUST HAVE PRIOR TRAINING EXPERIENCE. PLEASE READ THE PROFILE CAREFULLY***
Meet Ollie, an active, playful, and mischievous pup that has the sweetest face and the most adorable ear floofs! He loves to sit outside, soaking up the sun, and staring at all of the squirrels that taunt him from the trees!
Training is imperative for Ollie and we will require a $100 refundable training deposit at his adoption. He can be a very anxious and fearful dog around unfamiliar people and/or dogs. He can become very vocal, reactive, hyper, and difficult to manage if he is not guided properly. His owners must be aware of their surroundings and the situations that they are putting him into. He is not a dog that you can take to family gatherings, eat with at an outdoor restaurant, or have strangers approach.
However, once Ollie learns to trust a person or dog, he is an absolute sweetheart that is affectionate, playful, and acts like a silly kid. He is clever and has a lot of personality (aka attitude!) He enjoys spending time with his people and loves getting butt scratches. He takes treats gently and can be handled without concern once he trusts you.
Ollie will need a patient owner that has completed, at minimum, a basic training course and that has experience handling anxious, fear-aggressive dogs. Mental and physical exercise are highly beneficial to expend some of his pent-up anxiety and energy.
Ollie has had three months of board and train and knows basic and advanced commands. He walks in the heel position, is crate trained, can keep an extended “place,” and knows to wait until he is given a release word before he can eat or leave his crate/mat. He does well in a structured home that can provide a firm and consistent environment. Ollie is prong and e-collar trained. He is not food motivated when anxious and will refuse regular meals if his anxiety is not managed.
Ollie is currently fostered with three dogs and a cat. He is not an alpha dog but would do best with other friendly, active dogs that like to run and play. He is fed in, and sleeps in his crate. He handles crowds of people and dogs better than encounters with a single person and/or dog. He attends and does well at group events and walks, practices sit/stay in social areas (Petsmart, Starbucks, parks, etc.), and can be led by an unfamiliar person if that person knows how to guide him. However, in each of these situations, Ollie can become unruly, vocal, and aggressive if his handler does not have the training and experience to manage him.
Ollie’s ideal home would be in a suburban or rural setting that is quiet, structured, with another playful dog(s). He would do best in a home with no kids, no cats, and a family/individual that has dog training experience and is willing to put in the effort to keep working with Ollie.
*We would like to have Ollie adopted around the Baltimore area. He will come up to date on his shots, microchipped, and neutered. If you are interested in adopting him, please fill out an online application. We will then contact you to conduct a home visit and, once you are approved, a $100 deposit is required.*