Meet Barkley! He is a black male Labrador Retriever approximately four to five years old. Barkley is a compact guy weighing only 50 lbs, but he has a massive heart of gold.
Barkley’s temperament is sweet and mellow, and he’s easy to have around. He is not a jumper, grabber, door rusher, barker, or chewer. Although he doesn’t appear to have had very much training, he is a fast learner of the house rules and is happy to oblige once he understands his environment.
Barkley was an obsessive “marker” when he first arrived at his foster home. Still, with a little patience, time (only about seven days), and the use of belly bands, he has completely abandoned this practice. He is now wholly trustworthy in the house, which is where he prefers to be 90% of the time unless his family is outside doing yard work and hanging out together.
Barkley LOVES to wrestle, herd, play tug-o-war and chase with his younger foster brother. Mornings are his favorite time of day. His foster parents believe he would enjoy having another young dog to enjoy these games. He is also good at entertaining himself in the yard, hunting lizards, and other small critters in the bushes. Therefore, we don’t believe placement in a home with other small animals would be good for him.
Barkley plays a little bit of ball, and his interest has grown since watching his two foster brothers play multiple times a day. He will need (and benefit) from being “crated” during his transition period into his new home anytime you are away from home. At night he could sleep quietly in your bedroom.
Barkley enjoys nice car rides, and he walks nicely on a leash. He knows his name and comes when he is called. Barkley would benefit from some training on some basic commands like sit, stay and come.
Barkley has been neutered, up to date on his vaccines, and microchipped.