RIGGS – Austin Area

PTSD, TBI, LIGHT MOBILITY, MOBILITY, MEDICAL ALERT, PSYCHIATRIC, RETRIEVAL

Meet Rugged Riggs!!

Riggs is a neutered, 9 month old, 90 lbs., German Shepard/Red Rottweiler Mix

Riggs is an active puppy, he loves walks, playing fetch with his person and snuggling. Riggs is going to be a big boy at an estimated weight of 120 to 150 pounds. His ideal person would be active and confident with a large dog.

Riggs has started his Service Dog training.  He has not had many public outings, however he does well on leash and following basic commands.  As puppies often are, Riggs is curious about new things, he does respond to Leave It and is learning the Focus command.  

Riggs’ crate, bed bowls, food and toys are included in his adoption.

Riggs would be suited for a handler older than 7 years of age (regardless of gender), who’s age appropriate activity level is equal to daily exercise that is equal to walking for 1 hour and 45 minutes at 4mph or jogging for 50 minutes per day. Spending a good part of the day doing some physical activity.

Quick assessment of Riggs:

  • 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 its “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
  • On monthly preventives
  • Unknown relations 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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