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Gender – Male
Age – 3.5 years
Breed – Maremma cross
Ben is currently in a foster home, if you would lke to meet him contact the sanctuary.
This is what his foster mum has to say about him –
Ben is a Maremma cross neutered Male about 3½ years old. It is important for anyone wanting to adopt Ben to have a good understanding and preferably experience of his type of breed. As a working breed that are used to herding animals and guarding sheep/cattle etc he is full of energy. He is very easy to train and needs his own family who are able to put boundaries in place as he needs to know his place in the pack/family. This is important to establish immediately.
Ben is a quiet boy and only barks for a reason. He is house trained and will let you know if he wants to go out by sitting in front of you or barking (usually only once though not constantly).
This cuddly boy loves laying and having his belly rubbed. He’s like a big teddy bear. Ben is very gentle in nature but does play by mouthing. If he gets a bit rough you say ow and he stops being rough.
Ben does need walking daily and is a little overweight but is losing the extra weight through diet and exercise. Ben is very food motivated so training is a good way to make him work for his food/treats. He isn’t interested in playing fetch at the moment either.
Initially he is excited when he first gets ready to go out but I am working with him to reduce his very slight pulling. This is easily managed and doesn’t pull much. He wears a collar and harness at present which he is happy to have put on or removed.
I will be continuing to work on his recall as he can occasionally get a little distracted if theres something he is intrigued by. Its easy to regain his attention.
Ben is not food aggressive. He likes to bury food in the garden. He doesn’t react to cars, mobility scooters, push bikes, scooters, joggers, human of any age or gender, buggies, ducks, horses or female dogs when out walking. However, Ben is currently reactive to males dogs and will bark. I am working with Ben to stop this behaviour.
I have been able to handle every part of Ben and he is happy for people to handle any part of him to groom, pamper and clip his nails. Please bare in mind that Ben looks like a big woolly sheep so needs to be brushed daily. The Maremma breed has a really think coat and sheds a lot so brushing his coat is a must.
He doesn’t chew anything and can be left for short periods of time. He does bark for a very short time when you leave and will greet you with love in abundance on your return.
Although Ben is a working dog and needs walking, he is also a very chilled out dog and enjoys relaxing and soaking up all the love and cuddles offered.
I’m not sure what he is like with cats at the moment as he has not encountered any. He is currently living in a home with pet rats and a parrot which he has not reacted to at all. In his previous foster home he was fine with horses, chickens and some other live stock.