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Status: On Medical Hold
Animal Type(s): Puppies (< 6 months)
Gender: Male
Approx. date of birth: Sept 2019
Breed: Mixed
Intake date: January 14, 2020
Current location: Edmonton
Spayed / Neutered: No
Energy level: High
Good with kids: Unknown – Probably older kids if any
Good with dogs: Yes – For him to have the best chance, we feel he needs a resident dog in his life that is energetic and playful, yet calm and non-reactive
Good with cats: Unknown – He has a high play drive which could be a high prey drive as far as chasing a cat
Hi everyone,
After surviving Parvovirus, Maverick and his siblings came down with distemper. Three of the pups died.
Oscar, Bruce and Maverick made it through, but distemper is insidious. Symptoms can show up anytime. At this point, Maverick looks good. No nasal discharge, no skin lesions. Normal energy level. He’s still on distemper watch though and will be for another couple of weeks.
Due to many stays at the vet clinic, Maverick has missed critical socialization markers. He’s very wary of things and people that he doesn’t know.
From his foster home:
Mav has a LOT of nervous energy. He’s very reactive. He’s always alert and ready to jump up or scurry out of the way. He is still in survival mode and may always be that way.
I think very smart, but he has no training yet and needs totally empathetic and patient training methods. He’s food motivated to a point. But gets bored “taking orders”.
He likes his people well enough but doesn’t like to be picked up or held. He’ll let you do it, but he does not like it. He will sit or lay beside you as long as he wants, but when he’s done, he moves away. He needs to have that option.
For him to have the best chance, we feel he needs a resident dog in his life that is energetic and playful, yet calm and non-reactive.
Mav is more of a dog’s dog than a people dog.
I think that he will chase the cats or want to play with them in an overly energetic manner. That’s just an opinion though.
Being reactive, Mav will bark at things he sees outside, even his reflection on the window. It’s not constant or even all that frequent, but his bark is awful.
I haven’t encountered people on our walks, but I’m very sure that he would react fearfully to them.
Mav would probably do best in a quiet home with not too many people coming and going.

Special needs:

An adoptive home musy have a younger playful, energetic, obedient, social, well balanced dog to give Mav a solid role model.

Please note: If other cats/dogs in your home are not spayed/neutered, we may deny your application. SCARS exists due to lack of spaying/neutering and it is our goal to end this cycle. If there is a documented medical reason for your animal to not be spayed/neutered, we will work with you.