Before you submit an application for this stunner, you need to know more about Rocky’s needs.
Energy - Rocky is a very high energy dog requiring an owner who is committed to giving him plenty of exercise, both physical and mental.
Training - He also will need someone to teach him basic manners and obedience. Right now, Rocky is a puppy in an adult dog’s body, and has not yet learned that all 4 feet need to stay on the floor when he is excited to see you.
He has already learned sit, down, come, and is very eager to learn more. Your reward for working with Rocky will be HUGE. He absolutely LOVES to snuggle on the couch and will be your movie or book buddy for life. Want to take him on a drive? Rocky loves riding in the car.
Dogs - Because of Rocky’s unknown past on the streets of China, he is nervous about other dogs, and right now is reactive towards them.
He has great potential for training making him much more comfortable around them, however it will take a lot of time, patience, and energy. Rocky would do best in a home without another dog, or possibly with a calm, confident dog that could help show Rocky that other dogs are OK.
Dog parks/Doggie daycare/Public events/Outdoor bars – If you are looking for a dog to go places where other dogs are present, he is not ready to be introduced to these things and he may never be able to enjoy activities with other dogs present.
Kids – He also needs a home with no kids under the age of 15 purely because of his sheer energy. Although he would love to smother everyone with kisses, he is a big boy who doesn’t realize his size and would easily knock a kid over trying to say hello.
Fence - Additionally, he needs a physical fence in his forever home so he can burn off his energy and to ensure that no other dogs run in to say hello uninvited.
Rocky's perfect forever home - Rocky’s future family will need to be active. He would love an avid hiker or runner once his growth plates are fully formed (around age 1.5, a vet can confirm when you could run with him).
His future family needs to be committed to training him, and realize that a 6-week obedience course will unfortunately not be enough for Rocky. He will need someone who is willing to work with him long-term.
Rocky would benefit from an owner willing to invest in some one-on-one training that would show the owner training methods that could reduce Rocky’s fear around other dogs. In return, Rocky will show you infinite love and affection - he desperately just wants humans to pet him and be with him.
Rocky needs someone to work with him and put in time and energy, but he would make it all worth it with his love for you, and it will be an incredibly rewarding experience seeing how much progress this boy can make.
If you think you have the patience and skills needed to help this sweet boy flourish in his forever home, please apply. He truly is a diamond in the rough and will be worth the work that he needs put into him. He wants nothing more than to please his humans!