1. Tyler’s new home must have a secure fenced yard with direct access into/out of the house and no gaps. There are no exceptions to this rule.
2. Tyler is skittish. He is considered a very high flight risk and if he ever got scared and ran away, it’s unlikely he would come to any human.
3. Tyler must go to a home that has experience with shy dogs, preferably Shelties.
Tyler is an average sized Sheltie with a very sweet personality. He likes to sleep on his back with his feet in the air. He enjoys being outside and laying in the yard. He also enjoys being near his person and loves to be brushed. He spent a week in a vacation foster home and adjusted well to the changes in his routine.
Age: Tyler just turned 5 years old in November.
Size: Tyler currently weighs 25 pounds and is at his ideal weight.
Temperament: Tyler is sometimes anxious and has his safe spots in the house. He likes to lay in his bed or crate and watch what is going on. As he has become more familiar with his surroundings, he is finding new safe spots. He is startled by quick movements. He snuggles with his foster mom and loves to get some extra attention before bedtime. He enjoys petting but is somewhat cautious about approaching his family for attention. Tyler responds to both males and females.
Fence: Tyler is considered a high flight risk and needs a secure physical fence (vinyl, wood or chain link), with securely locked gates and with direct access from the house. Tyler has jumped the baby gates in his foster home. His adopter will need to make sure he is safely leashed or crated prior to opening doors. This requirement is in the adoption contract. All MNSR dogs are indoor dogs and should not be left outside unattended (not even in a fenced yard, if the adopter is not at home).
Dogs: Tyler gets along well with other dogs. He plays chase with his foster brother when they are out in the fenced yard. We think he would benefit from a gentle, social dog who would help him gain confidence.
Cats: Tyler has not been exposed to cats.
Kids: There are no kids in his current foster home. He would do best in a home with no children or gentle, older children who will give him some space and can be trusted to be vigilant with him around open doors.
Crate-trained: Tyler’s crate is his safe spot. He should have access to it, especially when he first moves to his forever home. We are working with him on closing the door for part of the day so he is not so dependent on his crate. He is not crated when his family leaves the house or at night and prefers to sleep in a dog bed in the bedroom.
House-trained: Tyler does best if he has a regular schedule. He does not let you know when he needs to go out but with a consistent schedule he is fine.
Obedience training: Tyler has not had any formal obedience training but learns quickly. He will sit and lay down to allow someone to approach him and he comes when called.
Leash Manners: Tyler has gone on leashed walks with his foster brother and does fine. Tyler is walked using both a harness and a leash for safety. Tyler needs to be comfortable in his new surroundings before going on walk.
Car Rides: Tyler rides quietly in a crate.
Activity Level: Tyler’s activity level is pretty normal for a Sheltie his age. He likes to run in the yard and watch for anything that may pose a threat – squirrels, birds, rabbits or falling leaves. He will initiate chasing with his foster brother. He likes to chew on bones but has not played with toys yet.
Barking: Tyler barks outside if there is something worth barking at – especially squirrels, rabbits and neighbor dogs. He knows his name and will come if called to distract him from the barking. Tyler is a good alarm dog, he alerts his foster family when someone comes to the door.
Health Issues: Tyler is currently on medication to help with his anxiety.
Experienced Home: Tyler should go to a home where someone has experience working with a skittish dog. He has come a long way but needs someone who is willing to continue to work with him to help him be comfortable in everyday situations and allow him to progress at his own speed.ed.