11 AUGUST 2014: Schroeder is really flourishing in his foster home. He gets along well with his foster sister, Rudy. He is very patient and friendly with kids, and their noise and movement does not bother him. I don’t imagine he’d do well with cats, based on his reaction to their appearance in the yard. He has a tendency to be a couch potato, but gets excited about walks and would go on them as often as there is someone willing to take him.
He has some anxiety issues, which have been greatly helped by a routine and daily doggy Prozac. He cannot be crated; his crate anxiety is severe, and he will destroy anything that is in the crate with him, and has damaged the crate itself. Now that he is kept out of it and on Prozac, his is not destructive at all. He cannot hold his bladder for a full 8 hours, but has been trained to use a potty patch, and does very well with this. He has not peed anywhere else inside for months. He is an affectionate dog, and loves attention from anyone and everyone. He will do just about anything for food, and has learned a few basic tricks. He loves walks, or just trotting around the yard, anywhere he can smell all the wonders the world has to offer.
I heard from previous caretakers that he is not good with other males. He is fine with my brother’s German shepherd, but that has only been for play dates. If he doesn’t want to play, he just gives him a bark and walks away. Not sure about long term exposure to other males. Also, he was given back because ‘he barked’. His barking was only a problem when he was crated. Now that he is no longer crated, there have been no additional barking complaints.
Schroeder would do best, I believe, in a house with another dog or two, a fenced yard and perhaps a doggy door (but only if the fence is very secure – he is a VERY smart boy), and a family of any size that will keep him active and well loved.
14 OCTOBER 2013: Schroeder is such a great dog! He’s been with me and his foster sister Rudy for 2 weeks now. He is so sweet and so happy. I can tell he is loving being on a soft couch/bed and loves to cuddle 24/7. He follows me around the house, always with his tail wagging! We are working on getting on a potty schedule and some verbal commands, and he is doing quite well. It is obvious he is a very smart boy! He loves to go outside, either in the yard or for a walk around downtown. He can’t get enough of the smells. This is a boy that would do really well with a doggie door and a family to give him lots of love. He has plenty to go around!
SEPTEMBER 2013: Schroeder is a very friendly, robust boy who is good with most other dogs (he may not get along with alpha males, but he likes his beagle buddies at the kennel). He has not been very vocal at the kennel, and he loves food and doggy biscuits!!! We will know more about Schroeder once he is in a foster home.
Original info: Schroeder is a very friendly boy from Caroline County, MD. He is about 4-5 years. He was adopted but came back because he "barked"...???? Sigh. Very nice boy!
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