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Fabio the Fabulous

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Size: Large
Age: Adult
Gender: Male
Breeds: Labrador Retriever, Crossbreed
No Cats/Kids

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Fabio is a big powerful lab (possibly with Rottweiler) mix boy at 75 pounds. He is good with other large dogs but plays much too rough for littles. He has done well in his current foster home with many other dogs (again plays very rough) and is very affectionate with his foster mom.

He willingly and happily goes into his crate for a treat and is quiet throughout the night or on rainy days when he can’t be outside.

Fabio is not a fan of men. He did so great at transport greeting all other foster moms and other transporting pups but when he got to the front of the line he stiffened, and side eyed at the touch of the men working transport. He boarded transport but refused to go into the crate for them until foster mom boarded and told him to “get in your bed” whereupon he dove into the crate. We left him in the crate for a time while the other dogs loaded and then we took him back out and the transport manager spent some time giving him treats and petting him. He seemed like he would be alright, but the foster mom decided he still seemed too nervous, and it would be best to give him some more time and he returned to his foster home. Since then, he has spent time meeting several men and spent several days “working” in the field with an archeological crew where they plied him with treats and tried to get him used to having men around, but he still doesn’t trust approaching new men. He will stiffen, lower his head, and roll or side eye.

Fabio would like a home that has experience working with this kind of fear reaction and with a very strong, physical dog. He is very affectionate with his people, but he is in need of behavior training. Fabio walks well on leash, but he is very strong and affectionate so when off leash in the yard he will jump, bounce, and body slam. He loves to play tug of war with other big dogs.

Fabio’s perfect home would have other large dogs and an owner that understands his needs and strength.