Breed: English Setter
Sex: Male, Neutered
Age: 4 years old
Weight: 40 lbs
Good with Dogs: Yes
Good with Cats: Unknown
Good with Kids: Probably over 10 years old
Crate Trained: Yes
Health: Overall good
Apricot is a handsome 4yr old guy full of energy and life. He arrived at his foster home from a Hunting Club in Tennessee and has likely been an outside dog until recently. Although there have been many bumps in the road, he has come around to enjoy life indoors and learned quite a bit. He has done well with potty training, being in his crate and learning his manners while inside. That being said, it is important to keep an eye on him as he still likes to wander about sometimes, very interested in investigating everything. He is a very sweet and loyal guy but can be protective over things like bones. He's a happy go lucky guy and enjoys a nice cuddle session on the couch at the end of the day.
Outside, Apricot loves all people and dogs. Seeing anyone gets his tail going 100 miles an hour and he just can't wait to go say hi. He does well with all the dogs we have come across and while he is not particularly dominant, he does like to play rough (he would do best in a household with no or older kids). Most of the time he does well walking on a leash. His favorite activity is running around absorbing all the neighborhood smells, but he won't drag you across the yard. His prey drive seems to be pretty mild, he's curious of most critters but won't tear your arm off to get to them. Apricot's other favorite activity is getting off leash and running in a fenced area. Sometimes he gets a little too excited and will forget how to listen, but once he gets his energy out, he's happy to come back to you. He would love to have a forever family that has a nice big yard for him. The biggest hurdle for Apricot has been coming when we call his name. Most of the time he understands when you want his attention, but he has some issues listening or responding to his name. This is what the bulk of his training has been dedicated to and we will continue to work with him.
Along with being curious, Apricot is often easily startled. Transitioning from an outside to an inside dog, he has had to get used to all the sights and sounds in the house. Things like the dishwasher, a vacuum, and even sounds from the TV will startle him and/or make him uncomfortable. He will often come to you for comfort. Even outside there are a handful of things that seem to trigger him- loud exhaust coming from vehicles, car horns etc. Apricot would benefit from having a family that is patient and supportive of him so he can continue to grow accustomed to new things. Additionally, he may be dealing with some separation anxiety. In more recent weeks, he has become a lot more vocal while being left alone in the crate for longer periods of time.
Overall, Apricot is a very special boy and everyone seems to be drawn to him. He thrives on attention and has such an exuberance for life, he would be a great addition to an active family.