This handsome boy can easily win you over if you are attracted to beautiful big dogs! Riggins needs the very right home for him or he and his people will be miserable! He is a busy boy, and he explores with his nose and his mouth when out and about. Some of his puppy-like behaviours include: wanting to get into everything in the room before settling, interested in everything happening around him, being a busy-body, playing with toys by tossing them to himself, walking around with a stuffy in his mouth, jand umping up to investigate any and every thing! In terms of training, he is brilliant. He knows MANY commands and is eager to engage in training activities. He’s a quick learner if you can keep his focus. Riggins is working on “OFF” (moving away from something) and “OUT” (dropping and object from his mouth). Using any force or harsh training methods will only set him back and make him feel tense. For this boy, the power of treats, encouragement and support are the best approach for him!
Riggins can be crated (in a very large crate) during times when he’s alone. He’s a little too curious to be left free as of yet. He needs treats/toys/bones and to be exercised prior to being left so he can be his best self, aka Sleepy Riggins! He likes to play fetch so a fenced in yard is a must. He also is happy to self-entertain and hang out by himself while you work outside too. Playing and exploring in his fenced yard will be the best regular outlet for Riggins. With a little practice, he would also be an amazing biking or hiking partner. One of his RAD sessions will include structured leash work and how to manage him on leisure walks but we recommend limiting his leash activity until a bond and training schedule is well established.
The key for Riggins is to find people in this world that will use positive reinforcement and understand that he learns through trying new things…. and some of these ‘experiments’ can be frustrating (like grabbing your winter hat and taking it for a joyride). He needs an owner who won’t sweat the small stuff and will be prepared to smile and enjoy this goofballs silly antics. Through the RAD Program sessions his new family would learn how to set him up for success, what to do when he makes a bad choice and when he needs to be given breaks.