More about Boss
Boss is a stunning 3-year-old Rottweiler cross rescued from the Christchurch City pound.
He is a big strong boy with a heart of gold, huge character and good manners once he gains your trust which can take time and patience. Once he trusts you, he sometimes forgets that, at 35kg +, he’s not a lap dog and likes to sit on your lap for cuddles.
Although he enjoys human company, he can be anxious and reactive in certain situations such as when meeting new people or if he perceives his key resources to be under threat. This can include locations/space, objects (such as toys or items that he values) and food bowls. We are currently working on his resource guarding and impulse control around waiting for food. Because of these behaviours, Boss will require highly committed owners, that are prepared to go at his pace and implement and adhere to an extended homing plan under the direction of our dog trainer and Dogwatch staff.
Boss has a medium energy level and loves going for a run out in the back paddock but he is quite anxious around traffic and the movements out on the road. We are working on building his confidence around road walks but would like to see him in a home that is not on a main road (quiet with minimal traffic), and where the route to the closest park is simple and not busy. However, he does enjoy road trips and travels well in the car. Boss must be homed to someone who owns their own home; we will not be homing him to someone who is renting. He also needs to be rehomed within the Canterbury region, as his new home must be close enough for both his adoptees to spend lots of time at the shelter, and for us to be able to support his new owners with home visits after his adoption.
So far we have successfully mixed Boss with two females dogs and a male puppy. He has adapted his playstyle each time to suit the other dog but can be boisterous and rough. We believe Boss is cat TRAINABLE but this is going to need persistent and ongoing monitoring. It will be a process that will take time.
While he has been with us, we have had to treat Boss for interdigital dermatitis (skin irritation between his toes), he is currently receiving a steroid external cream when needed and this may be an ongoing medical issue for his new owner. We have been advised by the vet that his paws need to be kept dry as much as possible which may make him unsuitable for beach walks or river activities etc.
Boss is very strong and will do best in a home with no children due to his strong, bouncy play, guarding and food obsession. Because he is wary around loud noises such as lawn mowers and traffic we would like to see him in a calm, quiet home where he is able to desensitise at his own pace and continue to build his confidence.
Boss has huge potential to be an awesome companion and family member but it will require work and commitment. He is going to need plenty of time to acclimatize to his new surroundings and we will be going through an extended adoption process with him, including day-visits, overnight stays, and whatever else is necessary to help him settle in to his new home.
If you think you can give this big, beautiful hunk-of-a-dog the safe, loving home that he deserves and would like to be considered to adopt him please fill in and submit this online Application Form