At A Glance

  • Age: 10 years, 11 months
  • Breed: Mixed Breed
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: N/A
  • Status: Adopted


In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:
Entered Foster Care Fence Kid Friendly Another Dog Cat Friendly
 9/10/14not required yes optional not tested 
This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.

Benji arrived a few days ago and we are enjoying this joyful spirit and energy! He is a gorgeous 3 year old a flat coated retriever that was found as a stray. Benji loves everyone he meets but is absolutely crazy about kids! He is great around our resident dog Mia but they've only been together a few days and haven't played together yet.  Benji was shedding like crazy when he arrived and has let me brush him for a half hour each night.  I think he really enjoys physical touch and presses the top of his head into me when playing with him. 

Now for the funny stuff.  He jumped our 4 foot fence and ran around the house to the front door and pawed at the door to get in.  Benji doesn't need a fence, but if he is going to be off leash, he either needs a taller fence or a person outside with him. He loves the car and it's actually difficult to get him out of the car.  It's like a game where he jumps from seat to seat trying to stay in the car! 
Benji has storm anxiety and when scared, climbs in the bathtub and lays down until he is comfortable.  Benji was adopted for a short time and surrendered because he has food aggression around other dogs.  People can take food away from him, but not dogs.  He is very gentle when taking treats from your hand, and I haven't seen his resource guarding but I've always separated dogs when feeding so he hasn't had the opportunity.
There are two things we are working on with Benji.  The first is he hasn't had any obedience training and has lots of energy. We take a long walk in the morning and at night to work off some of his energy and play catch in the yard.  He's quite smart and responsive with corrections when he jumps on people, etc. so I suspect he will be easy to train.  The second is he potty trained but marking in the house.  Not sure what that is about, but I've had a ton of dogs in my house and he may be reacting to all the smells. 
Benji heads to the vet this week and I'll update as we learn more about him.  Check out the photos of this gorgeous boy!
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