We at PDR firmly believe in the importance of obedience training, regardless of breed or size of dog, and have a clause in our adoption contract requiring adopters to attend and complete a basic obedience course at a facility of their choosing. Only in certain circumstances will we waive this clause so please be prepared to attend dog school should you wish to apply for a dog through our program.
All Pound Dog Rescue dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested, dewormed (if required), and microchipped prior to adoption. The adoption donation of $400 is applied to assist in the costs of veterinary care and the overall care of the dog.
This adorable puppy is Levy (pronounced Levee). Levy is a 10 week old Husky, Great Pyrenees mix. We can’t say his exact full grown size but it’s safe to say he will be 65lbs plus and could reach 80lbs by the time he is done filling out. Anyone interested in Levy needs to be prepared for a big dog. He is a very good natured pup, with a great temperament and fun loving personality. We are committed to ensuring Levy finds a great home with responsible people who will never abandon this beautiful dog and will ensure that he gets all the training and socialization that a big puppy needs to be a well behaved even bigger dog!
Like every dog, he needs early socialization and exposure to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences when young. Socialization helps ensure that your puppy grows up to be a well-rounded dog. Levy is getting a lot of socialization in his foster home; his adoptive family will need to continue to socialize him with appropriate other dogs to ensure he has positive associations. He just needs to meet more dogs in positive situations to become more comfortable. It’s all about socialization and positive exposures at this age. His waking hours are focused on his beloved play time.
Levy has always been with his brother (both he and brother Snow are being fostered together) but it’s time for him to find his forever home and if he is the only dog or will have a sibling dog at this new home it will be something he will need to get used to. Expect a little anxiety and crying for the first little bit. Keeping in mind, if he doesn’t have another dog to play with in the home, he will expect his people to be his daily playmates. Life with Levy requires a lot of supervision, lots of patience, but the rewards come in gales of laughter. He will remind you that he wants and needs to play. It will be up to you to ensure that he is fully exercised and tired out so he is a happy, fulfilled pup and you are happy as well.
When he’s not sleeping Levy is thinking about chewing, looking for something to chew, or chewing something. You have to be aware of what he’s doing all the time. He’s not selective about what he chews – electrical wires, furniture, the floor, the wall, dirt, sticks, your pants and shoes. You will need to puppy proof your home. If you have a dog in your home, it will have to be very tolerant of Levy’s love of rough puppy play. He likes to chase, wrestle, play tugs, and annoy. He is verbal when he plays, growling, barking, not to mention biting, and chasing or being chased, all in good fun. He is always looking for his brother or foster brother to play, so if you have a dog, it’s not just you that will have to live with Levy, it’s your furry friend. Be kind to your dog (or cat, or bunny, or whatever) and don’t think that it will get used to Levy with time. Levy will expect your dog to play and will pester it when he’s awake, even sleeping. If your dog isn’t ready for this level of activity or isn’t interested in other dogs, Levy isn’t the dog for your home. You will also have to engage Levy in play time yourself when your dog needs a break from him. The good thing about puppies is that they can only play so long and then they crash and adorable puppy naps happen.
Anyone interested in Levy will need to ensure that their schedule suits having a puppy. He cannot be crated for an 8hr work day as he will need to be let out to pee midday. He is good overnight if he gets adequate play, but during the day someone will need to be around to let him out every 4hrs or so at this point. Yes, he will need to be crated when you’re not around – he chews and can get into trouble when unattended.
Levy is proving to be a very smart and easy to train pup. He tends to pick things up within a day or two. Levy has had no accidents in the house for a while, learned fast but with a lot and proper supervision. You will learn his signs that he has to go and be able to get him out. When he needs to go out he goes to the door and barks to get your attention. Before we take him out we always say “outside”. He will do his #1 duty right away, and will let you know if he has to do #2 duty as well by being stubborn about coming back in the house. During his house training we always used the same door for duty time, the front door for duty and back door was when it was some play time. That way there was no confusion for either of us when he had to go. We praise and reward him every time he does his business outside. He looks up at you with pride at doing what you’ve asked. He loves to please and even more get a treat.
Levy is willing to try new things, even though new situations are a bit scary. Levy has gotten much better at going for walks. Going for a walk is a very exciting time in his life. Once he’s out of the house, everything is an adventure with all kinds of things to sniff or play with or chew. He still wanders on leash, but with training and time he will be a great walking companion. He’s not totally confident on his walks at night, but with a confident walking partner that will come to an end very quickly. You have to encourage him to continue on the walk, especially if he hears something strange or sees something he’s not sure about. If you lead him he will know that he is good hands and his confidence will come. He responds well to a little tug on the leash, a verbal reminder for correction, and a treat or even a little distraction like tossing a pine cone or a leaf. He is such a puppy.
Levy will need continued training as he grows and matures. Because he is going to be a large dog, we are looking for a family committed to taking him to obedience school and train him very well. Levy is currently attending puppy socialization classes and is doing very well. We are looking for a family that will ensure he will go to advanced levels of dog training school; basic obedience will not be enough for a powerfully built, intelligent dog. We expect that his adoptive family will continue his training past basic level and will ensure that he is a great example of good dog behaviour when out in public. We have worked very hard with him and would hate for his skills to vanish. There is nothing more impressive than a big dog being walked under control and greeting people appropriately. We want only the best for Levy. If you cannot commit to putting the time in to train Levy to an advanced level and attend a reputable dog school to do so, then this won’t be the dog for you.
Levy is fully crate trained! He will even walk into his crate on his own for you with a treat. During the day if we are out, he is crated to ensure his safety and keep him from destroying parts of your home while you are away. He does bark when he’s first put into his crate. He wants to be with you, where the action is, but don’t give in. He settles quickly for a good rest.
Levy LOVES his meal times! He is VERY food motivated, which makes training with treats easy. Even though Levy is a puppy, there are rules and expectations in his foster home. We don’t allow him to get away with any behaviour that we wouldn’t allow a big dog to do. We are training him our expectations right from the start so that he grows up knowing right from wrong. This means sitting before his bowl goes to the ground.
As Levy will be a large and powerful boy when full grown, we don’t recommend him for families with very small children. We are looking for a home for him with kids over 10yrs of age. We suggest that you do your research on his breed mix, Siberian Husky in particular as he greatly takes from the Husky part of his lineage. But he will be larger and stockier than a typical Husky. He will be a very energetic and strong dog. He will need an active family who will ensure he is properly exercised. As he grows, his exercise requirements will grow with him. As a full grown dog he will need daily long walks, hikes, even runs (when fully grown) to ensure he is a happy dog. He is not a suitable dog for an apartment or small condo setting. Levy needs a large fenced yard to run around in and play.
Levy is a blank slate for the perfect family to mold and train and help him grow into a wonderful, happy big boy. We are looking for people for Levy that have prior Husky or other powerful breed experience as he will try, as all puppies do, to challenge the leadership in the home as he matures into his teenage stage. We need to ensure he goes to a family that can handle this and give him proper correction when needed and a whole lot of praise when he’s making good choices. He is going to be a cuddle bug and big suck. We know he will be extremely loyal, loving, and devoted to his family as he shows traits of that already by wanting to be by our side and pleasing us. He is looking for that love and devotion back. Big dog lovers, this may just be the puppy for you! Puppies aren’t for everyone. They take a lot of your time and are a LOT of work so please do your research before applying. If you have a big yard, a schedule to suit a puppy, and are willing to put the time and effort in to train and socialize him extremely well, then this gem of a puppy may be the perfect fit.