We are happy to announce that Atticus has been ADOPTED!!!!! Atticus required a very special family because of his unique requirements. That special family ended up being his foster dad! His foster dad has made a lot of progress with Atticus since being in his care. He realized that Atticus needs constant discipline and exercise to keep his bad habits from rearing their ugly head! Atticus has done very well in his care and his foster dad just fell in love with him! We are so happy for Atticus and his dad and can’t wait for more updates on this handsome boy!

Atticus is prone to bite in some specific situations. He is a territorial dog at times and will bite if the situation arises. The only way to prevent this is to avoid those situations. This is not a training issue as he is reacting on his instinct in these elevated situations. If you avoid these specific situations, then Atticus is a great dog. You must be strict with these situations in order to prevent someone from being hurt. He may be really cute and small but this part of his personality can’t be overlooked.

This means:
• No other pets or dogs in the household.
• Travel crate when in a vehicle.
• Put him away when guests visit your house.
• Keep children away; he is unpredictable and children don’t recognize the signs.

Now there is a big positive side to him and if you are someone who understands what a territorial dog is, then you should read on.

Atticus is a 5 year old male with such character. He is a lot of fun and a rewarding dog, but you MUST read all the way through before putting in an application. He lives life to the fullest and is not afraid to participate in anything. His antics will keep you entertained for hours, but you need to have a sense of humor for his mischief. You can’t be upset if you find the roll of TP half torn up in the bathroom, or your shoes strewn around the house, or him running around with a random object in his mouth that leaves you wondering where he even found it. He likes to snuggle on the couch after an exhausting day. He’ll be your buddy for an active lifestyle. If you want to get in to a dog sport, this is your guy. He’s active and smart and loves a mental challenge, but be warned, you have to provide this challenge. He loves his human and forms a deep bond. He’s very protective of his house and guards his territory against stranger danger. He will alert you in no uncertain terms when someone is around. He doesn’t take kindly to visitors being inside the house, but welcomes them outside the house. He came to the rescue due to his protective issues. Some of it is just a misunderstanding of his needs and some of it is his bold, high energy personality. He does need a specific environment and level of experience to manage. He did have back surgery in March of 2016 for herniated discs so low impact activities are best for him. He is otherwise very healthy with no ongoing health issues. Although some outside allergies were reported, his foster home has not seen any issues over the winter and he was taken off the allergy medication. This may be needed in the summer months if he shows some reaction. He breathes really well and has an athletic physique. His ideal person would be someone who has experience with strong personalities and can recognize the cues that could lead to a bad behavior situation, redirecting his attention before a situation can happen. Basically, pay attention and tell him what you expect of him before he resorts to an undesirable behavior.

Atticus has had good training in the past and knows his commands: Sit, Stay/Wait, Down, Come, Stop, Shake, and High Five. He is house trained with one exception; he will go to the door and give you signals, but if you miss the signals and he has to go, he will find somewhere in the house to pee. This has happened a handful of times. If you take him out regularly, it’s not a problem.


• Single person or couple only – Not like a tinder profile but multi-person households will result in a guarding situation, especially if not all the members in the house are strong leaders. People in the house who do not take an assertive role in his boundaries will likely be bossed around by him.
• Boundaries – He needs a strong leader. He has a strong personality and needs a strong person to lead him. If he respects you, he listens to you very well. If you set the rules and boundaries and stick to them, he is much happier. He is actually a really good dog when he is a follower rather than a leader.
• Fenced Yard – Being full of energy, it helps you as much as it helps him to run it off. He loves to run around the yard and the freedom to be off leash in the fresh air. This is important to him.
• Exercise – Every day he needs to burn off energy. He would be regarded as a highly active dog. Take him for a walk and get him out of the house each day. He can keep up if you are an active person and he walks very well on leash.
• Mental stimulation – He’s a smart dog with a mind like an Australian Shepherd. He needs a challenge or a job. He loves to train and learn new things. He has great focus when it comes to learning. If he’s bored, he finds ways to get that stimulation and it’s usually something destructive. He would do well in a sport like low impact agility or some other advanced training sport.
• Play time – He loves to play with you. 5-10 minutes on the floor playing “get your feet” gets him all excited. He’ll jump and run around, make weird noises at you, and hide behind your back. Just be advised this also means he can get your feet; keep an eye on your toes.
• Crated when alone – If no one is home, he should be crated or confined in a room without objects other than his bedding or pet safe toys. One of his boredom activities is unplugging electrical cords which has potential for serious injury.


• Dog Parks – He does not back down when another dog growls or challenges him. He loves play dates with other dogs and dogs that visit. He’s well-mannered when he meets dogs on walks, but if you meet one that is not so nice to him, there will be trouble.
• Children – Although he likes people outside the house, he doesn’t like other people being inside his house. A child won’t recognize his signs and he could nip them. Keep them away to ensure this doesn’t happen.
• Living with other dogs – He loves dogs to visit and gets along with them well as long as they don’t move in. He lives with another dog in his foster home, but does initiate an altercation often, especially when barking or excitement levels are elevated. It’s really not reasonable to manage this situation and accept the risk of injury.
• Visitors – He tends to herd people out of his house that are not part of his family. He’ll be nice to them outside on the deck but when they are inside he tends to circle their feet and might bite if he can’t move them. This behavior is mostly manageable as he is well behaved when instructed. You can instruct him to stay on his bed and he will, but you need to be there to do it. If you get a lot of visitors, this will be a lot of work. It might be best to put him away in his own room while other people are in your house.
• “Rough-housing” – he gets too excited and takes it too far. He’s been allowed to play rough in the past and gets a kick out of nipping you and creating a reaction. This should be discouraged and the activity ended.
• Sleeping in your bed – Although he will lay down and sleep, often he wants his own bed. There is also concern that he could hurt his back if he decided to jump down on his own, which he will do if he hears something.
• Cats or other small furry pets – He seems to have a prey drive for them. Not sure what he would do with one, but he definitely likes to chase them.