Lachlan is a mixed breed pup (about 69 lbs, neutered male) who will greet you with a BIG hello (lots of barking is involved), and will quickly want to be your best friend. If you let him, he’ll glue himself to you on the couch/bed/etc. He definitely loves touch and feels safest when he’s pressed up against you. He’s playful and sweet and doesn’t require much to make him happy: just you, maybe a cardboard box to rip apart or a squeaky toy to run around with, and a good ol’ fashioned sniff fest walk each day.
Lachlan is very good at being handled (no fears when grooming, petting, cleaning, or having his nails trimmed, teeth brushed, etc.) and understands how to be gentle (taking treats). He also is FANTASTIC in the car (he LOVES rides!).
He’s food motivated and quick to pick up on training (we have worked with an awesome trainer on making good choices like lying down instead of freaking out). Lach tries very hard – he doesn’t always make the best choice, but you can see him trying and he’ll definitely get better. Though he can be loud and, at times, demanding, he hasn’t proven to be destructive at all.
Lachlan is housetrained too. His usual schedule is a morning sniff walk followed by a multi-hour morning nap with breakfast in there somewhere – great for folks that are at home during the day! In the afternoons, a good play session in the yard (can be quick) helps him re-set again. He also puts himself to bed around 8-ish each night (it’s pretty cute). He’s not crate-averse, per se, but prefers to hop up on a couch or bed and make a nest with a couple cushy blankets.
Important considerations: We recommend that Lachlan potentially be in an only-dog home as he is dog selective and a resource guarder. However, he has interacted well with our older female dog, who happens to be submissive by nature (no resource guarding by her). With the right family members, he may be successful in a multi-dog home.
Lachlan is a bit loud (sounds like a hound dog) and often defaults to barking when he’s happy or frustrated … even when he’s bored. A standalone home would be best (he won’t make apartment or condo neighbors happy).
He’s currently working through separation anxiety (we’ve got a wonderful trainer that can help with that) so there will be a period where you can’t leave him alone (he’s not destructive, just distraught). He’ll probably need to be on anti-anxiety meds for most or all of his life (he’s on fluoxetine now).
As mentioned above, Lach also has trouble with managing his energy (barking, jumping, running around). This is typically in response to when he thinks something exciting is happening (Walk? Car ride? Person at the door? Too much excitement in the house?). However, with both his excitement and separation struggles, he continues to improve.
We wouldn’t recommend having him around children in the same home – he has never exhibited violence towards humans but he gets very excited (barking and jumping at people) until he meets them. He can also maintain high levels of excitement for a bit after meeting people.
Finally, he’ll need your patience, love, and understanding. There is a wonderful dog underneath the current rough layers of this beautiful pup. He’s suffered a lot of early life trauma (from what we’ve learned from the shelter and trainers) and he just needs a stable family home to help him become the best dog he can be. We can’t offer him that because, including Lachlan, we are a three-dog home (the boys do NOT get along and they never will) so it’s just too much for him. He deserves better.