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Catahoula Rescue Last updated Jul 3, 2016
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Urgent: This animal could be euthanized if not adopted soon.

Rescue Me ID: 16-06-14-00740Koi (male)

Catahoula Mix    Age: Young Adult

Compatibility: Not Good w/ Other Dogs, Not Good w/ Cats, Good w/ Adults (Not Kids) 
Personality: Average Energy, Average Temperament 
Health: Neutered, Vaccinations Current 

    Good/Great: Koi is an obedient loving animal. He follows commands such as: sit, stay, down, off, paw, roll over. He's house trained and managed to live in a 2 bedroom apartment over the last 2 years (he's 3 years old, the first year he lived in a house with a back yard). He loves to play fetch and if given the opportunity would do this all day. Walks very well on a leash with an occasional tug if he sees a cat or squirrel. He can jog well on a leash. He's never destroyed any of our belongings or our property, he sticks to chewing his own toys and will de-fluff any stuffed animal toy. He's been kind and patient with our 1.5 year old son. He ... (Read More)lets us know when he needs to go outside by coming up to us and staring us down. He rarely barks indoors, unless someone comes to the door (he will bark two-three times). He loves people once he gets to know them and can trust them. Bad: Koi has fearful anxiety initially with strangers that are not part of the 'pack' (that includes small children/toddlers and adults). This usually manifests as excessive barking when someone new initially walks in. We've addressed this by keeping him in a separate area where he can see and smell the stranger while he watches us interact with him/her. After about 5-10 minutes we let him back in and all he wants to do is play fetch. He has over the last 8 months sporadically lunged at strangers while we walk him and so we've resorted to putting a mussel on him when we take him on walks since this lunging is random and he doesn't show any warning signs or anxiety that we can see. He also has some fearful aggression towards unknown dogs. When Koi was about 8 month old we took him to a dog park where a pack of dogs all came to greet him too suddenly and corralled him into a corner with a couple of dogs lunging towards him. Since then, he's just become more and more anxious towards new dogs. Also we think because we've been less able to exercise him, this aggression/anxiety has worsened. It's strange because we also have a small fluffy dog whom he is very sweet and respectful towards. He's never bitten or or shown food, toy or bedding aggression towards her either. We unfortunately do not know people with stable dogs who we could work with to introduce Koi and help him work through this fear. In short, he needs daily exercise and someone who is willing to work with him with his stranger and dog anxiety. Ideally also a household with no children or at least an owner who is mindful about small children and toddlers and will put Koi away or remove him from this situation. Ugly: Over the last 2 months, Koi has managed to bite two separate people. In one situation, shortly before we placed the mussel, he was calmly sitting by my side when a strange woman came and started talking to our toddler. Our smaller dog began howling and barking at her. The woman then proceeded to pet our small dog which our small dog allowed. After our small dog stopped barking and the woman and I were making small talk, I moved my body slightly towards her and Koi lunged grabbing her arm. He didn't puncture skin but he did manage to bruise her arm. This is when we decided that his random lunging had gone too far and bought a mussel which we use when we walk with him. More recently, he also happened to lunge at a young 4 year old girl. At the time he was under the care of someone else who'd been exercising him daily for about 1 week. He had just come back from a 3 mile hike. He was sitting outside in the front lawn with some other adults, a neighbor came back with his daughter and not anticipating a reaction, this caregiver allowed the little girl to approach Koi too quickly or suddenly at which point he lunged towards the little girl and this time punctured the skin on her forearm. Again, Koi just doesn't trust strangers that easily. We're unsure where this insecurity comes from as we've never abused him or put him in a situation where he needed to show that he needed to defend himself with this kind of fearful aggression. There's no fees and we will give you all his belongings, vet records, including 5 months worth of flea/tick/worm prevention meds. We LOVE this dog and don't wish to euthanize him as he's an amazing and wonderful companion to our family (we've considered euthanasia if we cannot find another loving and patient home for him). But we just don't have the time and resources to work with him and his anxiety. Our work schedules sometimes keep us away from home for up to 10 hours during the workweek leaving only myself or my husband with two dogs and a toddler. (Less)

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