️ Dawson has two more vet appts for his boosters and eye rechecks in June and July and will then be accepting adoption applications in August on foster to adopt contract terms (adoption with commitment to return to our vet for his neuter)
He will be seeking a family whom is home often to meet his needs, with previous experience with large breeds.
Due to his vision impairment, a fenced yard is mandatory for houses.
Dawson is a fun loving ball of energy. He's affectionate and a very smart boy.
Being a puppy, he is still learning his manners and needs reminders but is quick to pick up on new commands.
He's working on building self confidence with being partially blind and struggles when it's too bright or too dark. He can make out shadows and relies heavily on his hearing and sense of smell.
Dawson does have some separation anxiety that we're helping him work through but it will take time and patience as he learns and becomes more confident. It doesn't take him long to adjust to new surroundings, but when playing he will often disregard things around him. We try to keep areas tidy, and "baby" proof to prevent any accidents.
He loves playing with anything noisy, or food related.
Dawson loves trying new things. His current favourite chewies are beef tendons. Outside, Dawson enjoys tug of war, playing ball, playing in the sprinkler with Jade, and playing "find it" activities.
Inside, Dawson enjoys self play time but will never say no to having someone join in. He has multiple Outward Hound Puzzle Toys, Tricky Treat balls, and canine enrichment toys (eg. water bottle, egg cartons, etc) that we use for mental stimulation.
We do short training sessions throughout the day as he's still young and gets tired or side tracked easily.
Dawson is almost completely potty trained. He still has the odd pee accident but is getting better. Dawson will ring the bells to go outside-smart boy!
GOOD WITH DOGS? Yes.
With being vision impaired he tends not to notice other dogs on walks if they are further away, unless they bark. If noise is made, he is usually startled at first but then excitedly wants to go meet. It takes a bit of cueing but he will respond to "lets go" to continue his walk.
Unexpected noises catch him off guard. He will bark back at the neighbour dogs in response to them barking first, but will then go to that side of the fence and they sniff each other through the fence in a friendly manner.
When meeting people on walks, he's very cautious at first if the person is close by or making noise. He's always been friendly and curious in meeting once relaxed. He tends not to notice people if they're further away.
Dawson is working on meeting strangers. With being vision impaired, he mainly sees shadows and relies on his other senses when interacting. When meeting, he can be a bit shy/nervous, and may even bark. I usually have the person stand or sit still, and encourage him to sniff them. I always use treats to build a positive interaction. Once he's taken his time to sniff the person and seems more relaxed, I have them give him treats as well. Once he's comfortable, he gives lots of kisses and wants pettings.
Dawson enjoys having visitors come over. I usually just have people walk into our house instead of knocking. I have him wait until the visitor comes down the stairs and then I let him "go see" and greet the person.
GOOD WITH CATS? Dawson is learning how to properly interact with cats. He does fairly well but can be overbearing and try to play with them.
OTHER HABITS/ROUTINES THAT WILL HELP THE DOG SETTLE INTO THEIR NEW HOME: "Baby" proofing areas of the house to prevent any accidents while he adjusts to his new surroundings. Removing any objects that he may run into or break by accident. Keeping things the same as he relies on his memory and senses to get around.
QUIRKS/CHALLENGES/AREAS NEEDING IMPROVEMENT: Continuing training in all areas, helping him with his separation anxiety, learning to not jump on people, and working on not chewing on everything.
STRENGTHS/AREAS THEY HAVE IMPROVED ON: Everyday he is improving on his basic training and leash training. Potty training has come a long way. He has improved greatly on car rides and is starting to enjoy going for rides now.
TRANSPORTATION? Dawson rides in a crate when he goes for car rides. He is given a busy treat toy or a chewie for the ride to help settle. He needs assistance getting into his crate, and may whine a bit but settles within seconds. He however does not like being left alone in a car (getting out to pump gas) and will start to bark. Once you're back in the vehicle he settles again.
PLEASE DESCRIBE THE PERFECT ADOPTIVE HOME FOR YOUR FOSTER DOG BASED ON WHAT YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED. Dawson would do great with someone who has experience with vision impaired dogs or is a savvy experienced dog owner, who will help encourage self-confidence and help him bloom into the amazing dog that he is. He needs someone who will keep him active both physically and mentally. He loves being outdoors and going on new adventures.
He needs someone who has patience as he is a puppy still and is fully committed to continuing his training with a positive method trainer.
Dawson would not be suitable for seniors nor senior dogs in the home or dogs who do not enjoy energetic puppy play, he is drawn to other dogs as playmates and with his vision impairment, does not have the ability to read other dog's body language or respect their space, so a dog who resource guards or does not enjoy sharing space would not be appropriate at all.
Please read the entire profile before applying.
An adoption application must be submitted to be considered.
If the dog's listing is still showing, they are still accepting applications. Please do not email asking if he is still available.
Only applicants who meet each dog's criteria for their ideal forever home will be contacted. You MUST submit an adoption application prior to being considered.
*Must be located within Ontario Canada
*Pools and ponds must be separately fenced from yard-no exceptions
Hobo Haven is located in St Jacobs Ontario.
For approved families, we require two in person meetings in St Jacobs ON
If you are not willing to drive to this location to meet our dogs if you are approved, please do not apply. We do not meet elsewhere nor deliver dogs.
If you are interested in applying to adopt a dog from Hobo Haven Rescue, please submit an application in order to be considered.
Adoption fee for Dawson is a minimum donation of $600 which includes spay/neuter, microchip, age appropriate vaccinations, fecal testing, bloodwork, dentals if required, deworming if needed, Heartworm and Tick disease testing and treatment, Advantage prevention, and all medical treatments and surgeries required during their time with us. Adoption fees in no way offset the expenses of vetting or feeding the dogs while in our care.
For anyone possibly interested in adopting from Hobo Haven, here are a few, but not all, criteria to be aware of:
We require all serious applicants to watched "Petfooled" which is a free documentary at this link https://vimeo.com/300627165, on Amazon prime or also a variety of other free video sites.
Our motto is "know better/do better" and we ask all adoptive families to be as committed to providing our dogs with quality nutrition as they are to providing love. This documentary is not advertising, purely just educational.
An adoption application must be completed and approved, vet references completed, as well as a home visit (Zoom during COVID), prior to meeting available dogs. All dogs are placed in loving foster homes during their time with us, we do not have a shelter to visit.
We do not allow applicants to visit until pre-approved for adoptions.
Any questions may be emailed, our volunteers work full time and are often not able to answer or return phone calls in a timely manner.
Due to the high volume of applications received for our dogs, priority of replies will be given to applicants who meet the criteria mentioned in the pet's profile.
Please do not ask us to make exceptions, we set these protocols and policies for the dog's best interests which are always our highest priority.