Meet Buck! He is a three-year-old male chocolate Labrador Retriever. Buck is on the smaller side, weighing in at 55 lbs, but he is powerful for his size. Buck is very well behaved in the house. He is ultimately house-trained. He doesn’t get up on furniture, but he loves to sleep with you in bed.
Buck knows his basic commands very well too, sit, stay, drop it, and come and respond immediately. He doesn’t counter surf or bothers reachable food or trash. His foster parents say he is the best-mannered/behaved foster pup they have ever had in their home.
Buck tends to be on the anxious side when he is exposed or experiencing something new, or if there is a lot of commotion, loud/high-pitched/volume voices. He will tip you off to his feelings by spinning in circles. He is easily distracted from this activity by calling his name and telling him everything is ok. You can also ask him to find a toy. He happily complies and calms down immediately. He wants you to be happy with him!
Due to his anxiousness, Buck needs a home that is more on the quieter side. Because of this, we cannot place Buck in a house with children. He would be perfect for a reasonably active “empty-nester(s)” who will take him along everywhere they go, maybe even to work. He is excellent in the car and gets excited when he sees his leash. However, he needs some work as he is quite the “puller” when starting because he is so happy to be accompanying you on an outing.
Additionally, Buck has some separation anxiety. Buck’s new family must be willing to work with him and a trainer to ease this anxiety and make him more comfortable during your absences.
Buck loves to play ball 2-3 times a day. Having a big yard would be a huge plus for this guy. He enjoys having a large selection of chew toys in the house, i.e., Nylabones, Kong Extremes. He will go through three tennis balls a day if you do not put them away after a game of fetch!
Buck is not the typical velcro dog. This guy is more glued to your side and will follow you everywhere and lay at your feet (no matter where you are). He is a people dog. Buck is very good with other dogs, but he doesn’t need canine companionship for play or pack support. He prefers to be wherever his humans are. He will often come to you when you are sitting and gently lay his head in your lap for some Labby snuggles—Buck is a sweet, compliant, well-behaved, loving companion.
Buck has been neutered, current on his vaccines, and Microchipped.