Duffy in Fair Oaks, CA


Here is Duffy with his new mom…

Meet Duffy! Our sweet, curious, playful, wonderful little Duffy. This 1 1/2 year old boy came into rescue with some baggage, but he has evolved in foster care and is doing better than we could have imagined! 

His previous home was loving but very isolated. He was given to rescue by a senior housebound couple who could no longer care for him or train him. Duffy was not socialized and was fed by hand.  Now he happily eats from his bowls.

Duffy was very anxious when he first arrived at his foster home. He was fearful of his foster sister and nipped at her. He tried to dominate everyone. He didn’t know how to fit into a pack or play. Now he knows his place in the pack, is snuggly and loving and plays all day! We are thrilled with his transformation.  

Everything is new to this sweet boy. As he experiences and learns new things he is less and less anxious and fearful. Duffy is evolving! His foster family works with him every day and he is making great progress. Because he has learned his place in the pack, his foster family now trusts him to be left alone for short times and to play without worry with his foster sister! He is doing great!

Duffy got to spend a few days with a professional trainer who assessed him and feels that he has so much potential. He is happily and quickly learning and will be a great addition to the lucky family that adopts him. His future family needs to be experienced dog people with the knowledge and ability to continue his training, have patience and understand he’s still learning, and know how to work with a sometimes anxious young dog. Duffy will need to be in a home with a family that is home most of the time. 

Since being in his foster home, Duffy has learned that dogs are fun! Children are okay if they don’t move too fast,  walks are scary but really fun and he does not like cats. Duffy is pretty anxious in the car (we are working on that). He barks a lot if he can see outside. If he is in his crate and cannot see outside he stops barking. We believe with compassion, work and time he can work through this and he’s already doing so much better. He loves toys and happily sleeps in his crate. He is snuggly and friendly and quickly warms up to new people and dogs.

Duffy is heart healthy, neutered and is up to date on his vaccines. He has no tolerance to fleas. It is recommended that Duffy goes to a dog savvy family who will continue his training, that has either one or no dogs, older or no children and no cats. 

Duffy is doing well but still working on “OFF”, “LEAVE IT” (he will vice grip onto a toy or fabric and not let go) so as funny as this is, he needs to lear “leave it” or “out”. Foster Mom is teaching him “QUIET” (he doesn’t want to stop barking at times) This is also getting so much better. He is still a little nervous being groomed but is doing better and better. Duffy marked when he first came into Foster care. Duffy is mostly house trained and since being neutered is marking less everyday. Good boy! A belly band at his new home would be a great training tool. He is a pretty good eater (because of his circumstances he prefers to have someone sit with him).

We are accepting applications from families within a short driving distance to Fair Oaks, CA to make home visits convenient for the entire family and your pup, if you have one. 

Duffy has come a long way in a short time but still has a lot of learning ahead of him. If you feel that you are the right fit for this sweet little boy, fill out an application if you haven’t already and then email Northern California Coordinator Jessica Ford at smalldogbath@gmail.com to let her know that you are interested in Duffy. 

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  • Color: Blenheim
  • Weight: 17 lbs
  • Sex: Male
  • House Training: Mostly, but still needs work
  • Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: Sweet, active, snuggly, friendly, playful, anxious but adjusting quickly.
  • Recommendations: Dog savvy family that will continue his training and is home most of the time.
  • Location: Fair Oaks, CA
  • Region: Western
  • Special Needs: No
  • Status: JUST ADOPTED