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Entered: 08/14/2016
Status: Adopted
Age: 2
Color: Black/White/Tan Llewellyn Setter
Weight: 39 lbs.
Gender: Altered Male
Location: Little Silver, NJ
Health: UTD, HW-, treatment for UTI complete, overall good health
Temperament: Good with adults, unknown with children, good with other dogs, will chase cats

Carson's Story . . .

Update 09/04/2016: “In the morning when dogs and people are waking up, Carson likes to jump up on the bed and roll on his back to get his belly scratched, wiggling all the time.”

Now that Carson’s foster mom has him on a defined schedule, life with this active boy is much better. Carson and the resident dogs go to the dog park early in the morning for an hour of running, stalking birds and butterflies, and playing with other dogs.  That is repeated in late afternoon when it is cooler outside.  These periods of exercise are what Carson needs to be a calmer boy inside for the rest of the day and evening. 

Carson’s temperament is very good and accepting, He hardly barks and his foster mom hasn’t even heard a grumble out of him when he is with new dogs at the park.  If he finds a wrestling partner there, he is quite the happy dog!  In the morning when dogs and people are waking up, Carson likes to jump up on the bed and roll on his back to get his belly scratched, wiggling all the time.  He is quite a funny character!

Baby gates have been placed between the resident cat’s sections of the house and the dogs’ areas, so Carson is no longer leashed to his foster mom constantly.  She always tries to know where he is and what he is up to, though, and he still will pick up shoes and slippers and socks if he is bored.  He is fine with trading his forbidden item for a toy or a bone.  This athletic fellow has made no attempts to jump the gates.  Good boy, Carson!

At night and when his foster parents are out of the house, Carson is given free run of the kitchen and the bedroom wing.  He will still go into his opened-door crate to relax and snooze.  His foster mom needs to be attentive to when he was last outside since Carson has no signal for needing to go out, Carson is also making good progress on knowing his name and responding to “come” and “sit,” both with vocal and visual cues. 

A recent vet visit indicated that Carson’s UTI has cleared.  While there he received a vaccine booster and a clean health record; now he is ready for his forever home. He will make a wonderful addition for some lucky family.

“Even though he looks like an adult dog, Carson is still very much the puppy!  He loves cuddling with his people and getting loved on.”

Carson and his traveling pal Misha were found as strays in North Carolina.  Shelter staff quickly contacted MAESSR to get the pair into rescue and to free up needed kennel space.  Now they are on their way to finding new forever homes through MAESSR.

Although Carson’s North Carolina pal Misha was correctly identified as a fieldie Springer, this handsome boy is believed to be a Llewellyn Setter.  He is very birdy and prey driven.  Whether birds, butterflies, rabbits, squirrels, or groundhogs, Carson is aware of them all and would love to give chase! 

 Carson’s foster home does not have a fenced yard so he has to be kept on a leash when taken outside—much to his frustration.  To give him the exercise he needs and to keep him safe, Carson and the resident Springers are taken to a local dog park at least twice daily where he runs and runs and runs.  While the Springers run a bit, they mostly stay near their mom.  Carson is always off running, chasing birds, and greeting people and their dogs.  He occasionally checks in with his foster family, though.  He is learning his name and is responding better to coming when he is called.
A flight risk, Carson will take off running if he can seize the opportunity.  Twice, he escaped from the dog park through a gap in a maintenance gate and was apprehended by fellow dog-friendly people. A third time his leash broke in his back yard and he took off after birds.  Luckily, he was already tired out from a park trip so he came back when he was called.  His forever family must have a well-secured fenced yard to keep Carson safe.
Carson is essentially a blank slate when it comes to commands.  His foster parents are working on getting him to know his name with teaching him “sit” and “come.”  These training sessions take place inside where there are fewer distractions.  Carson is not really food motivated so heavy dosages of praise are heaped on him when he responds correctly.  Obviously, he was not used to walking on a leash since he pulls like crazy.  He even pulls when wearing an Easy Walk harness!  With more practice on the leash and with obedience classes, Carson will improve!  He does well riding in the car and is tethered for his own safety.
Please note that MAESSR only places puppies in homes that are committed to training and bonding with the pup in obedience classes. Puppies require a lot of care, attention, and patience, and they do chew on things! The decision to get a puppy and raise it to be a healthy, happy, and well-adjusted dog is a serious commitment. To reinforce this commitment, MAESSR requires all adopters of dogs one year old and younger to enroll their puppy in obedience classes within 60 days of adoption.  Because of his instinct to run and run, Carson will be required to take two sets of obedience classes.  A smart boy who is eager to please, Carson will be a quick learner.
Even though he looks like an adult dog, Carson is still very much the puppy!  He loves cuddling with his people and getting loved on.  When his foster mom is at the computer and isn’t paying enough attention to him, he will come and put him forelegs on her so she will massage his head, neck, and shoulders.  He also can be Mr. Squiggly Wiggly who loves to roll around next to you on the couch or bed!  Like a human toddler, Carson likes to explore the world with his mouth.  If anything is left within his reach, he will grab it and mouth it.  No serious chew damage has been done to date because his foster mom always has her eyes on him, easily removing the inappropriate chew item with an appropriate one.  Stuffed dog toys, hearty beef bones, rawhides are some of his favorites although he does not stay focused on any one for any length of time.  He is not object possessive at all and his people or one of the resident dogs can remove a toy or bone from him without any grumbling on his part.
Housetraining is still a work in progress.  He is mostly good and has sometimes scratched on the door to be let out.  For most of his first week in foster care, he was leashed to his foster mom and let outside on a very regular basis.  Unfortunately, when given some time off-leash while inside, he marked on a recliner.  So, he’s back with his foster mom on a leash.  Marking or peeing?  That may have been his mom’s user error and he may have just had to urinate and she may have missed his signal.
Another reason for Carson being leashed to his foster mom is that Carson was a bit too interested in the old resident cat.  He backs away from her hissing and swiping at him, but still would chase her if she would run.
Carson generally settles down inside after periods of exercise outside.  He will plop down next to his foster mom or one of the resident dogs.  Once nap time is over, Carson likes to put his paws on the windowsills to see what is happening in the yard.  He also puts his paws on the counters and would counter-surf if given a chance.  A covered garbage can is important for this boy too.
At night and when his foster parents are out of the house, Carson is crated.  He has chew bones and toys in his crate and treats are given to him inside so as to encourage him to enter.  Generally, he needs a little push to go in.  Once inside he settles down quickly with only an occasional “woof.”  He is a much quieter boy than the resident Springers are and he generally does not join into their alert barking that the mailman is here.
This Setter pup will be an active one all his life, so his forever family must be devoted to getting him the proper exercise he needs daily and to getting the training he needs.  Not a dog who will be happy being crated for long hours at a time, Carson is better suited to having someone home most of the time who could play and interact with him.  A splendid companion for an active retiree, a wonderful jogging partner, and maybe a hunting dog or an agility dog?  All of these could be in Carson’s future.
Remember. the more exercise Carson gets, the better he will behave.  Don’t forget that a bored puppy can get into a lot of trouble and a good puppy is a tired puppy.  Are you the active owner for Carson?