PTSD, TBI, PSYCHIATRIC, MEDICAL ALERT, RETRIEVAL
Meet Ravishing Rocky!!
Rocky is a neutered, 1.5 years old, 50 lbs., Heeler mix.
Rocky is an absolute “cuddle bug” and craves to be with his human! Highly intelligent by nature, he catches on very quickly to training and walks/heels well with a Halti (Gentle Leader) collar. He makes good eye contact with his handler (“watch me”), and enjoys treat-training as well as praise-motivated training.
Rocky enjoys playing ball, – “get it”, “bring it”, “give it”, which is wonderful, as he will be easy to teach the “retrieval” command. He is also house trained and up to date on all his vaccinations.
Rocky likes to play a little rambunctiously with other dogs, so would be best suited as an only dog in the home or with another dog who also likes to play a lot and has about the same energy level. He would not be suited in a home with older dogs or dogs who cannot keep up with his level of play.
Rocky would also be best suited for a handler older than 7 years of age (regardless of gender), who’s age-appropriate activity level is equal to brisk walking for 30 minutes at least twice a day or more. He would LOVE a yard to run in! He will be excellent for Service Dog work because he enjoys being both physically and intellectually stimulated.
Rocky’s rescue requires an application process and a signed training contract with Service Dog Express. Rocky is being fostered in Corpus Christi yet applications and contact goes through the San Antonio based rescue organization.
Quick assessment of Rocky:
- 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
- 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
- Does not get 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.