Foster dog:  Sampson

Foster dog location:  Virginia Beach, VA

Gender:  male

Age:  6 years

Sprayed/neutered:  neutered

Health concerns:  a little overweight at 95 lbs and needs to lose weight

General activity level:  He can go from laid back to puppy depending on how you play with him.  He wasn’t too familiar with toys when he came to be fostered.  But he knows them now and loves for you to play with him with the toys now.  Loves tug of war.  I never win.

Interaction with dogs:  I had a small shiatsu I was keeping when I got the call to come get Sampson.  He checked her out and then basically ignored her.  He wasn’t aggressive with her at all. He was turned in because the two dogs in the home were not getting along. It will have to be a careful match if he lives with another dog, or he would benefit from being an only dog. He is friendly with other dogs while meeting out in public.

Interaction with cats:  No cats in the household, but has lived with cats in his previous home.

Interaction with children: No children in the household but he came from a family with 3 children and he was fine.

Physical fence required:  yes

Suitable for invisible fence:  no.  He can get focused on something like a squirrel and it wouldn’t phase him.

How many hours can he be left alone? I have been gone for 6 or 7 hours and he is perfectly fine.  Doesn’t mess with anything in the house.  Just patiently waits till you come home. 

Able to climb stairs? He can now.  When he came to me to foster he didn’t know what they were.  He has no problem now unless he is coming up and i am going down he can’t figure out how to turn around on the steps.  But he gets it in the end.

In need of obedience training?  It is obvious that he has had obedicence training but it hasn’t been used in a very long time.  He will need his new mom or dad to reinforce the training.  He loves to walk and when he passes his leash he hits it with his nose…hint…hint…

Personality and additional information:

Sampson is a very sweet big strong boy.  It took him a bit to relax when I got him.  He would go lie in corners and be away from me. Don’t think he has had too much attention paid to him prior.  It took about 3 days to get him out of the corners and now he follows me everywhere I go.  He will sit at my feet when I am in my chair.  He now loves to have his head petted and just to be petted in general. He came with no toys and I bought some for him and he now loves you to play with him with his toys.  He can get overexcited playing but will stop when you stop. He rides very well in the car and will lie down in the back seat.  He is very vocal when it comes to breakfast and dinner time.  When he came he got me up at 6 and I told him he had to adjust to my schedule for getting up later.  He adapted extremely well.  He loves being outside in the back yard.  He will lay out there doing nothing or sleeping.  He will get on furniture if you let him.  He will jump up on the bed (which I found out this am).  He will listen to commands such as heel, sit, laydown.  He sleeps beside the bed or in his bed at the foot of the bed.  He doesn’t get you up in the middle of the night to go outside.  So he is good for 8 to 10 hours.  He does have a mind of his own and has selective hearing so needs reinforcement in that area.  He can be vocal at various other times when he wants your attention.  He will talk to you and he will smile at you.  He would be a wonderful addition to a family that will take the time with him and give him extra loving that he deserves. 

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