Hi! I'm Kingston

  • Kingston
  • Mixed breed
  • 8 years
  • Male

Weight (approx):  83 lbs

Energy: Medium

Children: No

Dogs:  No

Cats:  No

Health Notes:  Kingston's came to hart in 2015 when he was approximately 2 years old and was returned to hart in 2019 as his adoptive parent no longer had the time or home environment that Kingston needed. Kingston came back to hart in excellent overall condition.  Kingston is up to date on his standard antiparasitics, vaccinations (DACPP, Bordatella, Rabies), microchip and neuter.

Behavior Notes:  Kingston is a medium to high energy dog, who while has spurts of energy does calm down quickly as he is getting older. He loves people to a fault, and bonds very quickly. He loves being a couch potato, cuddling with his humans, giving kisses (which he gives on cue), and snuggling up under blankets. He has come a long way with his behavior issues which include leash reactivity and resource guarding dog and human food, thanks to a great management and training plan that was put in place with the help of professional trainers, and a proactive foster home. Kingston is quite leash reactive and must be muzzled on walks for this reason, as in his frustration to get to another dog, he will redirect on his handler, but he does give very clear body language that will give his handler enough time to distract him, getting him going in a different direction. Once Kingston's focus is off the other dog, he's good and wiling to do whatever his handler needs him to do. He does resource guard food both human and his own: with his food, it is simply, give it to him, he will sit and wait, and once you back up he will eat once you give him his cue. He has learned this in his recent foster home, which is great! Human food, while people eat he must be in his crate, with a kong or something to keep him busy so he doesn't get bored. Though currenlty his foster home is working with him on this, and he is making great progress. Kingston is out to please, and a very intelligent dog, he has amazing training as he's been in our care for quite a long time. He knows all of his basic cues; sit, down, stay, recall, he answers to his name, he is muzzle trained, crate trained and fully house trained. He knows some tricks too, shake a paw (both paws), spin, jump on cue, while he was in boarding he was also learning agility. Kingston loves to play games, especially games that involve his nose, one of his favorite games is to chase hot dog pieces and sniff them out in a room. He does get very excited when meeting people or seeing people he knows and gets very bouncy. He doesn't really jump on people and will sit right away, he just likes to jump straight up and down in his excitement. He is a powerful dog, and leash skills are still a work in progress with him, we are using a front clip harness to help him out and help give his handler more control.

Kingston is a wonderful dog who really just needs a home with an experienced dog owner and where there are no children and no other animals.  He needs an owner who will understand that Kingston is the way he is, that it won't change, and can commit to his training and management plan and know that the plan must take place for the rest of his life so he can be set up for success and be the amazing dog that he is. He is a sweetheart, who just wants to love his family and be loved and accepted back.

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