Energy Level: Moderate
Overall Drive: Low
Location: Lafayette, CA
Do you like Velcro? Do you like dogs? Do you want to see what happens when you combine the two? Well, we can show you, it comes in the form of a 65-pound two-year-old Malinois named Noble. He is super affectionate and quite the sponge for any form of being loved on aka love sponge.
Noble is a great dog that is a joy to train and learns very quickly. He does not come without some small issues. His foster states that he was fired from his first job as a lifeguard since he kept yelling at everyone for no reason at all. But due to his hard work and determination, he was hired for a position in the Quality Control department as an inspector. This fella loves his job as well, he inspects everything on this planet of ours. You can’t bring groceries in the house without him checking them out, got friends coming over well they are getting inspected, and everything on the hiking trail also getting inspected. He is 100% housebroken, he does not mark, or bark inside the house. Sometimes he can be a sensitive guy, he is not a fan of loud noises or heightened activity because it will overwhelm him.
He takes daily walks for socialization purposes and in the beginning of his time in foster he would react very outlandish and sometimes unpredictably. With his foster’s diligence with daily training, he has reached a success rate of 85-90% of passing strangers without being reactive. He does rock a muzzle when he is out of the house for training, but it is not a necessity just an added level of security for consistency in his training environment. During car rides, he does well and sleeps most of the time. At his vet appointment, he was tail tucked and told his foster he wasn’t a fan of the doctor's office. Loud noises spook him, this includes windy evenings, loud trucks, sirens, and loud voices, and this is improving with daily socialization. Other things he has been working on are his reactivity to other dogs and being anxious around children.
During Noble’s time in foster, he has masted Sit, Wait, and Down commands with both hand and voice commands. Other commands he has mastered are Sit/Wait, Shake, Leave it, Go to bed, Crate, Heel, Watch, and Stay. He is also working overtime trying to master pivoting into heel via verbal command, backsteps, making dog friends, and the final goal of acquiring his AKC Canine Good Citizen skills.
Noble’s forever home would be quiet, predictable, free of chaos, and without children. Since he is a sensitive guy, his forever person should understand and be able to work on continuing his training and socialization. He is most definitely a diamond in the rough that with some continued work and polishing will make a great and highly loyal companion.
West Coast adoptions only, HOWEVER, if application is strong we may consider placement in other Western US states.
Must have previous or current, purebred Belgian Malinois experience OR other high drive working breed experience. Have no children under the age of 12 years old OR have extensive experience with children and high drive dogs.
Our adoption process includes- completion of an application, followed by a telephone interview.
Adoption Donation: $500.00
Transport along Interstate 5 (Stevenson Ranch, CA to Edmonds, WA) is available but cost not included in adoption fee.
For all inquiries, please fill out our adoption application first, as the volunteer answering emails is probably not the coordinator for the specific foster home/dog.