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American Foxhound / Mixed (short coat)

Details about Sherlock

  • ID D211853
  • Available for Adoption
  • Species: Dog
  • Gender: Male
  • Estimated Birthdate: 6/1/2021
  • Breed: American Foxhound / Mixed (short coat)
  • Good with Dogs: Yes
  • Adoption Fee: $500

More about Sherlock

  • Primary Color(s): Tricolor (Tan/Brown & Black & White)
  • Coat Length: Short
  • Housetrained/Littertrained: No
  • Reaction to New People: Friendly
  • Energy Level: High
  • Obedience Training: Needs Training

Hi, my name is Sherlock and I came from a Local Impound. I currently weigh 40 lbs, but I’m still growing and I'm a little underweight. I’m told I’m a puppy somewhere between 6-12 months but all I know is I’m pretty adorable! My foster family says I am very clearly a hound mix as I vocalize when I play or when I’m upset — possibly Treeing Walker Coonhound. Ya know what — That’s really not important when I curl up beside you and show you my sweet puppy eyes!

The little bit we do know about my background is that I was found by local police in a pretty bad neglect situation and was brought into a local impound. My stay at the local impound became too long for an energetic, happy puppy like me and as result I developed a happy tail which isn’t so happy. That’s when my hound loving foster family came to pick me up. 

Given my history, I’m still learning lots of new things and trying really hard to be a good boy. I’ve already learned to sit for treats and am working on sitting even without treats; my foster mom says I’m so smart! My hound nose has also worked out well as I play with puzzles; I’ve mastered even some of the most difficult ones and I’ve only been practicing for a few weeks. I’m also starting to understand the concept of ‘come’ but sometimes I get distracted if there’s an interesting smell on my way there; but don’t worry I’ll keep practicing! The best thing that I’ve discovered so far though is the couch! I LOVE the couch and I love taking naps, curling up next to you and just snoozing the day away!

My foster parents said I need to be honest and say that while there are lots of great things about me, I will need a family who will understand that I’m still a puppy that came from a ‘Ruff’ start to life and need help continuing to learn the house rules. One of the first things that my foster family noticed about me is that I’m a bit hand shy, meaning I pull away a bit when you try to pet me. This is especially true when you try to pet my face first. However I do love back scratches–so that would be a good place to start! I also, given my background, had some initial food aggression but in just the few short weeks that I’ve been here I’ve improved dramatically! I will need a family who will work with me and other pets in the home until I feel comfortable and confident that I will have food to eat every day and not have to fight other animals for meals. One thing that my foster family has been doing to help with this is feeding me separately–in my kennel or a separate room. But like I said, I’ve gotten so much better already!

Talking about my kennel…I don’t love it. Sure, I will sleep quietly through the night and I will cry a little bit when you first leave me but then I generally settle down and relax. Being that I came from an impound, I am used to using my kennel as my sleeping space but also as my bathroom. I am getting better about keeping it clean but my foster family wonders if I might do better outside of a kennel as I may have some residual stress about being kenneled. If I’m not kept in my kennel, I might better understand that I should go outside. They are going to keep working with me to help find the best solution to keep me safe and help me learn. 

I haven’t quite figured out toys yet other than my puzzles but my foster brothers are good role models. I’ve just now started to learn to play with people. I’m still a little cautious when playing with other dogs but I’ve dabbled a bit and am learning more each day. 

If you and your family are ready for a lovable pup who is ready and willing to keep learning and growing and be your best bud then please fill out an application so my foster family can help us meet up!

Here’s a video of me in action: https://youtu.be/xOVA-Kt_5Ek

  If you are interested in getting to know me better, please fill out an adoption application . An adoption application is the best way to show your interest in an animal and is not a binding contract.

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