This weeks dog has the perfect name...Led Zeppelin! Led Zeppelin - Oregon Humane Society Be sure to check out his video! I’m beyond surprised to report that although this handsome fella has been available for adoption since mid-August, he hasn’t had a single application submitted. Not a one! I just don’t get it! This boy is a gem! Led Zeppelin is a 1 ½ year old, 74-pound American Staffordshire Terrier/Retriever mix.
Led Zeppelin is a graduate of our Behavior Modification Program and needs a special home. Zeppelin is a very sweet, loving, and active dog who is obsessed with playing fetch. He would love to share a pillow in bed and go out on adventures to the beach, hiking in the mountains, or going for runs. In fact, he’s on the running team here at Oregon Humane Society. He needs to find a home with someone who can continue his training using the techniques we have found successful at OHS.
Zeppelin would do best in a home without any small pets and would thrive in a quiet home and not in the hustle and bustle of a busy apartment building. If he sees or hears people walking by the home frequently, he is likely to bark at the sight and sound of them. He could live with another dog, but it will require a pet meet to ensure their behaviors are well matched. Zeppelin loves people and is very comfortable meeting new people politely, but when he sees other dogs on leash, he gets easily frustrated and emotional and will react by pulling, whining, barking, and jump towards them. We have been successful in curbing this behavior by giving Zeppelin a tennis ball to hold while on walks. Zeppelin gets the most excited whenever he is about to go for a walk or play with his ball/fetch. To calm him and have him focus we have worked on his sitting and waiting for the leash to be clipped on and ignoring him if he demands we play fetch. Zeppelin can become so focused on getting to the play area that he can push and dart through doors or out of cars. We have had success working with him sitting and waiting at doorways before crossing through, but without guidance and accountability he could easily dart out an open door and take off. Secondary doors like a screen door, baby gate, or leashing Zeppelin before the doors to the house or car are opened can help keep him safe.
When hanging out in the office or at home, Zeppelin is very relaxed and calm, choosing to lay at your feet, on his dog bed, or will entertain himself with toys, most likely a ball. If taken out frequently and adhering to a routine, Zeppelin is very well potty trained and will even alert you to needing to go outside. Zeppelin would prefer to hang out with his human companions but does well with other dogs who match his same energy. He has lived with another small dog in a previous home. Meeting up with friends who have dogs would be better suited for a dog like Zeppelin than the uncontrolled setting of the dog park. Zeppelin will chase cats and chickens and would do best in a home where he does not have free access to small animals.
Does this active young boy seem like he’d be the right dog for you? If so, please fill out the application at the bottom of his profile and schedule a time to come on in to the Oregon Humane Society to meet him!