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Stark

Labrador Retriever / Chesapeake Bay Retriever / Mixed (short coat)

Details about Stark

  • ID D221044
  • Adoption Fee: $500
  • Breed: Labrador Retriever / Chesapeake Bay Retriever / Mixed (short coat)
  • Gender: Male
  • Coat Length: Short
  • Current Weight: 45.0 lb.
  • Estimated Birthdate: 1/14/2022

Stark's Compatibility Attributes

  • Good with Dogs: Yes
  • Good with Kids: Yes
  • Older/Considerate Children Only: Yes
  • Good with Adults: All

Stark's Personality and Behavioral Qualities

  • Housetrained/Littertrained: Yes
  • Obedience Trained: Needs Training
  • Energy Level: High
  • Cratetrained: Yes
Other Traits:

    Stark arrived at our home with energy to spare! Bit by bit, with structure and consistent routines, he is relaxing and showing us his sweet personality. He is playful, loves attention, and looks for affirmation that he is a good boy.

    Stark adores his walks! We've found that three good walks a day burns off his puppy energy, gives him time to explore, and allows us time to work on training. He's learned to stop and wait at intersections before we cross, and we are starting to work on walking without pulling. He also knows how to "sit" and will "go pee" on command at night before bed. There's a treat in it for him, of course.

    Stark will benefit from a home with a fenced yard. He spends lots of time in our yard playing fetch, exploring with our dog Rin, and relaxing in the sun. He is learning to entertain himself and can sit quietly nearby while we have our morning coffee, especially if he has a favorite toy or bone. Speaking of toys, he loves them! Squeaky toys, ropes, balls of any type, Kongs, and stuffed animals. He can get mouthy when he's revved up and is learning not to use his teeth. Be aware that he is also a chewer. You'll want to puppy-proof your home while he settles in and is trained not to chew or bite. He occasionally barks when he is ready to get out of his crate, meets another dog, or sometimes he simply announces his presence.

    He thrives on routines, and it's been satisfying to see him relax and embrace the patterns we've established. He hasn't had an accident in his crate since his second night with us and takes naps there after his morning and afternoon walks. He knows that when he goes into his crate, good things happen -- he gets a Kong to chew on before going to sleep.

    We have started introducing him to different rooms in our house and expect that, over the next few weeks, we'll be able to let him roam the first floor freely. He's exhibited submissive behavior when our dog growls at him for getting in her space or jumping on her when he wants to play. As a result, our dog Rin feels more comfortable and relaxed around him. And while he hasn't chased our cat, he is enthusiastic and highly interested when he sees her, so she's kept a distance. We think that Stark would do best if her human companion (or companions) could be home with him more often than not. He loves people!

    Based on his energy level, we also think he should live with older children, as he could easily knock a young child down in his desire to play. Stark loves playing with other dogs and would enjoy living in a home with a canine companion. Keep in mind that he is a puppy and very energetic, so your dog should be able to match or tolerate his energy. We also hope his new owner(s) enjoy training and providing the structure a young dog needs. If so, I believe they will find great satisfaction, as we have, in his daily progress.

    Overview:

    • Crate-trained
    • Good with dogs
    • Probably fine with cats
    • Best for a family with older kids
    • Will benefit from continued training
    • Best in an environment where one or both owners were home for a good part of each day
    • Best with owners who are active and outdoors-oriented

    Stark is from a reservation in South Dakota. If you are interested in getting to know this animal 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.

    To learn more about Ruff Start’s adoption process and the care our foster animals receive, please visit our How to Adopt page.

    *Rescue puppies are notorious for losing their birth certificates before entering our rescue. We cannot guarantee the breed or size they will be full grown.*

    If you'd like to donate towards this pet's care, you can donate to our Animal Care Fund. Our Animal Care Fund supports the medical and veterinary needs for all Ruff Start Rescue animals. You'll be able to enter this pet's name on the second page of the donation form.