hello! I'm Cola

  • Cola
  • Mixed breed
  • 7 years
  • Male

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Weight: 26 lbs

Energy: High.

Children:   Not recommended though older children who can understand his needs may be a possibility. 

Dogs: Older, well-balanced dog(s) only as he can be very reactive to new dogs if not properly (and very slowly) introduced. 

Cats: No.

Other Notes: Prior experience with dogs with behaviour issues is recommended. 

About me: Hi, I'm Cola! Please be sure to read the behaviour notes on me below. I've come so far in my little life! I'm a super smart little dude, who is clicker trained and highly motivated by food, balls, and praise. I'm a super lovable guy who wants nothing more than to please my people. Are you the home who's up for helping me be the best dog possible?

Behaviour notes:   I'm a hart+ dog! For information about the hart+ program, please review the hart+ adoption process.

Cola has been in hart's care for a significant amount of time. He was moved through various foster homes, and this instability had caused him to react negatively towards strangers and other dogs. Originally diagnosed with idiopathic aggression, it was thought that he would never be rehabilitated. Not willing to give up on Cola, we decided to try a different training method and Cola was moved to our training partner at 780 kennels, where he has been living and training for months. During this time, his progress has been nothing short of remarkable and Cola is a much different and happier dog. He will now approach strangers with a wagging tail and a cheerful disposition. He is also learning that other dogs do not pose a threat to him, and he can now interact with them without incident. What we learned about Cola, is that it is important that he not be removed from situations that makes him feel uncomfortable as this only reinforces his bad behaviour. Cola learned that if he barked or growled at a person or another dog, he could make them "go away", but this is not a healthy state of mind for a dog. Cola has come such a long way, and continuous training will be necessary, so he does not regress back to his original fearful state. Cola is very affectionate with people and will make a loving dog for someone who will ensure he progresses with his training and will provide rules and boundaries. Cola will not do well in an apartment style condo, unless it is on the ground level, he needs a fenced in backyard, as he cannot go to off leash dog parks despite his progress.

Health notes: Cola came into hart's care in great condition and has maintained a high level of health throughout his stay. There have been no medical concerns with Cola. He is neutered, microchipped and has his DACPP, Bordatella and Rabies vaccinations up to date.



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