DOB (estimated): 20/11/2013
Breed (estimated): Shepherd mix
Height to top of head (approx): 60cm
Mixing with dogs: With proper introductions yes
Mixing with children: Older children only
Mixing with cats: No
Country of origin: Romania (now in Stoke on Trent)
Pluto was found in Romania when he was around 8 months old and lived with his rescuer for almost 2 years, unable to find a home of his own. When Pluto's luck eventually changed and he was offered a home in the UK it heartbreakingly didn't work out as he was too overwhelmed and stressed by being close to a city centre. In November 2016 Pluto relocated to Stoke on Trent with a long term foster family.
Pluto is always alert and one of the most intelligent characters. He can pick up a new command in 3 repetitions and is always keen to learn (his food motivation also aids this). Pluto is quite an insecure dog and often needs reassurance. If he's spooked by something he will hide behind your legs and he finds it difficult to relax fully unless he's completely exhausted. Pluto loves a fuss and will often sing for attention. He is very friendly with people but he can take a while to trust strangers.
Pluto's breed mix means he can be stubborn at times and if there's something he doesn't want to do he can only be persuaded with treats. He is a very active dog and definitely needs a home with a garden and an active lifestyle as he loves to be outdoors. Having another dog helps to keep him entertained when his people aren't at home.
Pluto needs an owner who is prepared to keep him engaged with training, as he loves learning. He enjoys practising his commands for a small reward and knows sit, high 5, lie down, roll over, spin, speak, quiet, leave it, up, bike (to get off the towpath and onto the grass!) and heel. Although Pluto isn't keen on being stroked on his head and loves a belly scratch. He's also an avid sunbather but equally loves the snow.
Pluto struggles with resource guarding and this may stem from being a street dog and having to fend for himself. Sometimes these behaviours take a lot to disappear from the system. It can be difficult to judge what Pluto sees as a high value resource and it can vary from a piece of litter to his space on the sofa. For this reason we don't recommend a home with young children. He can also become protective of his people and his home when strangers enter and feels threatened when people enter that he doesn't know.
Pluto needs a home in a rural environment as he dislikes busy roads and much prefers being in big open fields. He also gets frightened by loud noises so we would prefer a quiet home for him. Although Pluto is a work in progress with the right environment and preparedness we feel he could overcome his anxieties and settle more comfortably.
If you're interested in offering Pluto a home please get in touch!