NELSON – Austin Area


Meet Natural Nelson!!

Nelson is a neutered, 9 month-old, 25 lbs., Possibly Dalmatian/Terrier/Lab mix

Everyone Loves Nelson!

While Nelson’s build seems like he should be a larger dog, he is a compact 25lbs; but only 9 months of age, he still might grow.  Nelson loves to go for a walk with you, he loves to play with you, he loves to snuggle with you, and he adores anyone he meets!

Nelson is well-socialized with children, horses, cats, other dogs, cars and anything the foster could think of to give him more exposure.

He is an excellent training prospect for Service Dog work, as he is engaged, eager to please, and is very intelligent and quick to learn commands. While he is happy living with his foster’s group of dogs, he would really like a home of his own.

Nelson would be suited for any handler aged 7 and up (regardless of gender), who’s activity level is moderate-to-high, including the ability to take Nelson on several walks and to accompany his handler out in public as often as possible.

Quick assessment of Nelson:

  • Is in good health
  • Is willing to ‘snuggle’ and be held close
  • Willing to be petted and touched on all parts of its body, including back legs and on the face without incident
  • Makes good eye contact and holds contact for 10 seconds or more
  • Housebroken
  • Seems to be genuinely interested it’s “person” and seeks attention
  • Responds to praise and petting
  • Allows hand in its mouth without incident
  • Treat motivated for training
  • When walking, is more interested on its “person” than on other distractions (other people, dogs) – Responds to ‘leave it’
  • Not easily frightened (a response to a loud noise is to be expected, but the dog should not show excessive fear)
  • Is friendly, calm, and generally “laid back” around all ages of children and male and female adults
  • Exhibits no excessive barking (training can correct this behavior)
  • Shows absolutely NO signs of aggression toward other dogs or people
  • Absolutely no history of aggression
  • Is microchipped
  • Up to date on vaccinations
  • Gets along with cats

We do not transport dogs as there are numerous dogs across the country that need a forever home and have the potential to be a Service Dog.  Our dogs have been assessed as potential Service Dogs but have not been trained yet.  That training occurs when paired with their handler.  This enhances the bond between dog and owner.

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