Fee: $500 Location: Vancouver
Breed:Formosan Mountain Dog x Approx Birthday: July 20 2018 Gender: Male Weight: 12 kg Height (head to toe): 55 cm Length (chest to base of tail): 60 cm
Neutered?: Yes Special Need: N/A Previous injury: N/A Food brand: Now Kibbles Things to work on: Leash manners, light timidness towards strange visitors
Kid Friendly: 3/5 *Dog Friendly: 4/5 Cat Friendly: 3/5 *Barking: 1/5 Chewing: 1/5 Separation Anxiety: 1/5 Fear for Adult Men: 2/5 Active Level: 3/5
Harness Trained: Yes Potty: Mostly Outdoor Basic Commands: Yes Pee Pads: No Ever Been Alone in Home: Yes
*Dog Friendly: Plays well; submissive in nature
*Cat Friendly: Chases for fun. Not aggressive.
*Kid Friendly: Good with dog savvy children but not good with overly enthusiastic children
*Barking: minimal unless other dogs bark with him and/or unfamiliar visitors
Norton was found in a landfill in Taiwan when he was around 1.5 months old. He had skin conditions and was very tiny. The rescuer scooped him up and took him home. He was very loving and took the first bath very well. Very quickly he warmed up to everyone in the household, and he was subsequently adopted into Vancouver.
He however did not adjust well in the next year in his adoptive home. He was overly enthusiastic about the cats at home, struggling with potty training, and did not understand a toddler is not a dog.
It was evident that the family’s lifestyle is not one that matches Norton’s activity needs, nor did their dog handling experience enough to keep up with Norton’s sensitive mentality. He develops an OCD that he would pace around the home uncontrollably when he’s overly excited or anxious. He became skittish and fearful of children. At the end, the family could no long provide the care he needed anymore, and returned Norton back to CooGo.
At the foster, Norton did very well. He became potty trained in a week with the aide of a crate, and he started building his confidence in a household that is quieter and children free. His size and low barking level make him ideal for condo living.
Norton will do very well in a household that is quieter, although with some work and patience, he can quickly adapt to a busier household. He will need good daily walks and some dog playing time. He enjoys cuddling and bonds with his human quickly. Some dog handling experience is recommended for the continuation of Jackson’s training.