Energy Level: Moderate
Overall Drive: Low - Moderate
Location: Olympia, WA
Stetson is a classic brand of cowboy hat and happens to be the name of a tall dark and handsome male Malinois looking for his forever home. This young man has wolf-ish good looks, a dark sable coat, and is incredibly sweet. Of course, with pointy ears, he gets all the scary dog privileges but has zero intention of ever backing anything up #AllLooks.
His foster states that if Stetson was a human, he would be a high-level personal assistant as he is always by your side and ready to help at the drop of a hat with anything you need. He just wants to make you happy 24/7/365. He has a personality that is goofy and quirky, which makes him very easy to love. At nighttime he loves to cuddle and snuggle as long as you want to. If he has to have a nickname it would be “Shadow”, when you are home, he wants to be next to you no matter what. Are you missing a friend in the bathroom? Well, Stetson can fix that. Need help cooking? Stetson will help. Had a long day at work and needed a snuggle buddy? Stetson to the rescue!
Stetson loves riding in the car both loose and in a crate, although he doesn’t just lie down and go to sleep. There is too much wonder in the world speeding by for him to want to nap. During his vet’s office visit, he got to wear a “Party Hat” #Muzzle but was fine and didn’t show teeth or growl at anyone. He gets nervous around loud noises and barks at them but settles down quickly. More of a “Yo what was that noise” type of bark. He has shown some leash reactivity to other dogs but with the due diligence of his foster and dedicated training, he is getting better with his behavior. If is he around strangers he is very cautious, not so much of a #StrangerDanger issue, it is more of a “why are these odd folks wanting to touch me” thing. #KeepsHisCircleSmall
During Stetson’s time in foster, he has mastered the Sit, Down, Shake, Nose Touch, and Come (98% success) commands. Currently, he is working on Off, Waiting at the Door, Loose leash walking, and ignoring other dogs while out and about. He loves to play tug but is not much of a fetcher. His foster says that he has only been destructive of the dog toys he has been allowed to have. If he is overstimulated, he can become sharky and jump on people, counter-surf, and accelerate his dog reactivity. Stetson does not require a heavy hand for correction, just verbal and light prong is enough to redirect his behavior.
Stetson is hoping for a forever home that is calm and predictable, with no children or small animals that run as he will chase. He would enjoy having a similar-sized dog friend in the home, but it would take a slow introduction for them to become #BFFs. His exercise requirements are fairly low for this breed, a mile or two a day and mental stimulation is enough to wear him out. He has been bikejoring and loved it! He does love food and using his nose so snuffle mats, and hiding treats for him to seek out would be good places to start with him. If you want to talk some more about Stetson, please apply!
Our adoption process includes- completion of an application, followed by a telephone interview.
Adoption Donation: $500.00
Transport along Interstate 5 (Rowland Heights, 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.