Foster Location: Akron, IA
Age: 2 years (DOB: 06-24-18)
Kids: Yes, 16 years or older
Adoption Fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred, not required
Scooby was surrendered to SNAFU Rescue via a private party. His surrendering family wanted him to be placed in a loving home to be the only pet, to be spoiled and to live out his life as happy as he can be!
Scooby is such a sweet and loving boy. He loves hard, enjoys cuddles and endless butt scratches. His favorite pastimes include chewing on antlers, Nylabones and benebones. Scooby hasn’t had much time with any soft toys as this strong boy most likely will destroy them in minutes! After a long chew session with his favorite bones Scooby is off to check on his foster mom to see what she is up to. Nothing makes him happier than making sure she is happy! Scooby wants to please her and shows his adoration by watching her work on her laptop, lying near her while catching up on her favorite Netflix series and offering gentle kisses to let her know she is loved. Scooby’s beautiful brown eyes pierce straight into her soul and his eye contact indicates he feels safe and secure. If Scooby’s foster mom isn’t available he will gravitate towards his foster dad. He truly enjoys a quiet nap and to be curled up right next to him for a midday snooze. After a Bulldog nap, Scooby is requesting some outside time. Be prepared for lots of outside backyard time as he loves to sun his buns and run laps around the backyard. Although car rides really aren’t his favorite, he is always up for going to grandma's farm to check out the new smells, run like a wild man in the open grass and to see the farm cats. He is curious about the outdoors and will absolutely explore every inch of the farm being sure he is on guard to keep all those pesky farm cats at bay! Scooby’s happy place is outside with his people at all times doing whatever they are and being the best companion. Don’t be fooled by all his activity... Scooby does have quite a chill side and can be a total couch potato. His favorite place is on the soft couch all cuddled up in the corner catching a much desired snooze with his human as near as possible. He is quite the snuggler! Scooby suffers from severe separation anxiety and general anxiety which can cause some irrational behavior. When he is anxious he tends to pant, drool and show his naughty side. Scooby is not comfortable around new people however he tends to be better behaved around men than women. When anxious outside his home Scooby will be shy and fearful but inside his home he will try and jump up and show his stubborn, defiant side. In cases like these, redirection to something else, asking him to sit (offering a treat and rewarding good behavior) has proven to be helpful. Due to his size, general anxiety around strangers, resource guarding his humans and his uneasiness around small children we think he would do best in a home that has children 16 years or older or equally as great with no children in the home. Slow introductions and supervision around children is a must to be sure they and he are kept safe. Scooby is dog selective and can be a little troublemaker when around other dogs. He is still learning dog manners and is usually overwhelmed with other dogs causing him to resource guard his human. He is slowly learning manners, however he does resource guard his human (occasionally a new dog item in the home but NEVER food or treats) and that is why we think he would do best and be happiest if placed in a home as an only dog. Scooby is in need of a family willing to offer him firm leadership, work with him on learning manners, the ways of pet life and will need a family who is willing to spend extra time with him, providing positive reinforcements, offer him patience and introduce him to slowly to new things to build his confidence. He needs positive reinforcements as any physical or loud verbal correction only increases his anxiety resulting in more negative behavior. Scooby has nipped at both his surrendering owners and his foster parents. These cases were caused by his nervous behavior when leaving the home. Special accommodations should be made when leaving him to calm him in these situations. We have found with a strict routine, positive reinforcement, Scooby has reacted much better to his people leaving him. While this is very serious, we feel that if Scooby was the only dog in the home he would not have these negative outbursts and live a much happier life. Scooby is a wonderful dog when calm and relaxed and will flourish in the proper environment.
Scooby’s foster family happily reports he is fully potty trained. A regular and consistent schedule will help with his continued potty training success in his new home. Scooby has severe crate anxiety. Although he is crate trained, the crate causes him great STRESS. He is an escape artist and has destroyed several metal crates. For his safety, he is placed in a dog safe room with the door shut with a few dog safe toys and a cozy bed. He must be placed in his room only when his people are ready to leave the home (not before or when they intend to be home for sometime). If Scooby hears his people (he has major FOMO) he will start to bark and try to get out of the room. He is a strong boy and can move furniture. He can be gated for a short time using a baby gate, however if he wants out he will find a way out! For his safety, we recommend that at first he is kept in a small secure space in the home offering him a larger space eventually full reign of the home. As he becomes more acclimated to his surroundings and is trusted in his new home we feel he would do okay with with having the whole the home to roam if a crate is not going to be used. He does not know danger, is a strong boy and is still learning what is expected of him inside the home.
Medically, Scooby seems to be in great health! He has been neutered, updated on vaccinations/dewormings, mircochipped, heartworm tested and has been given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian! Scooby has cruciate ligament inflammation in both his back legs. His is on a joint supplement that has helped immensely. After too much exercise he will either limp or become very stiff. Stretching his legs in “bicycle” circles will help with the stiffness in addition to the supplement (Phyto-Flex; which can be found on smile.amazon.com or chewy.com). Scooby also takes a daily anti-anxiety medication to help manage his anxiety. He is offered a calming chew or melatonin chew to help manage through an upcoming stressful situation i.e. bath time or nail trimming!
Scooby would be happiest in a house with a fenced yard (opposed to a multiple floor, shared walled apartment style dwelling with no yard) as his fear of strangers will only exacerbate his anxiety. He does very well with a few stairs but due to his ligament stiffness a home with little stairs is best for Scooby. Scooby is a sweet, loyal boy that is looking for a family that can offer him the time he needs to be successful! He will thrive in a calm, relaxed environment and one with multiple people in the family as this will decrease his time alone. This will make for a very HAPPY Scooby. He loves short walks, snuggles and just to be everywhere with his humans. We don’t think he is a good office candidate due to his stranger anxiety but would much rather have a work from home or stay at home parent to spend all day with! He's completely happy sleeping the day away on the couch or in his comfy bed as long as his people are near. Again, he is a wonderful, active, very sweet and loyal boy, who loves to run around the yard, explore and investigate what his people might be doing. Scooby ultimately is looking for someone with a simple daily routine (he thrives in a routine environment), one that has the time to spend with him and will continue to work on training offering positive reinforcements to help manage his anxiety. He is looking for someone to love him as much as he will love you!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Scooby, please submit an adoption application for him today!!
NOTE: Please note that it will likely be at *least* a 3-4 week minimum before you hear back from us after submitting an adoption application. We typically accept for new applications for a period of 7 days or until 20 applications have been received for any newly available dog. After that time period, the applications are sent on to the foster family for review and that usually takes from at *least* a few days to a week to sort through the applications, etc. :-) Most of our dogs receive several applications so this process does take some time, especially on dogs who are more popular for one reason or another. We do require phone interviews to be conducted between the foster family and potential adopters, vet reference checks and a home visit to be conducted for all potential adopters, if they are selected as the top choice applicant, which will also take time to complete. That being said, we do always let our applicants know if they are chosen or not. :-)
IF you happen to not be chosen, please don't feel discouraged as, again, we usually get several applications for each dog, and sometimes it can be very difficult to choose just one adopter. In those cases, we usually offer to keep the applications for adoption on file for any future dogs that come into our rescue. :-)
ALL adopters are required to come and pick up their adopted dogs in person from the dog's foster home (we do not ship any of our dogs). Please have road/driving transport plans in place to pick up an adopted dog before you apply! While we are not against adopters flying a foster dog in cabin on a commercial flight, please keep in mind that many are not good candidates for flying due to size and/or being a brachycephalic/short nosed breed.
If an adopter can not keep one of our grads, for any reason at all, at ANY point in time, they *must* be willing and able to return their adopted dog to his/her original foster home, despite distance and any costs that would be required to do so.