Meet Charley! Charley is approximately 10 months old, neutered, and came into GRRoIowa from a closure of a large Iowa commercial breeding operation that you may have seen in the news recently. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa took in the dogs and reached out to us to help with Charley as he was very withdrawn and definitely not thriving in a shelter setting.
Charley is not ready for adoption but we wanted to get him added to the website so you can follow his journey.
Wonderful Charley is working hard on developing new skills. The week started a bit rough with a visit to the vet for vaccination follow up. Charley is very frightened of things that he doesn’t understand so he had to be crated for the trip as he is a flight risk. The visit was a bit overwhelming and he hid under a bench and faced the corner much of the time. I share this so that people can understand how scary the world is to an under socialized pup. Other than itchy ears, he’s pretty healthy! After a few hours back at his foster home, he was back to playing with his dog friends.
Charley is a very shy dog with a heightened startle response. He loves his foster family but feels most comfortable being petted when outside where he has a lot of space to flee if needed. He is the first dog to run to his foster mom’s bed for hugs in the morning but is cautious when inside the rest of the day. He is simply a sweetheart but needs to continue to develop confidence.
Charley is not yet leash walking but we are working on it as his November goal. He now loves his crate at meal time and for sleeping at night. He values routine and a predictable day. We also hope that this month he might take food from our hands. Watch as he continues to get braver with time!
His eventual home will need a fenced yard and calm setting due to his tendency to startle and flee. Charley will also need a confident dog to role model for him.