Breed: French Bulldog
Weight: 30 pounds
Adoption Fee: $300
Foster Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Kids: Teens possible with good alpha-dog skills, but not recommended
Other Dogs: pretty good
House Trained: Pretty darn close!
Demeanor: He’s a pretty good boy but wants to take charge and be in control
Energy Level: Medium
Health Issues: Allergies maintained with special food and injections. Approximately $100/month.
Behavioral Issues: Firmly believes he is the king of the world and unfortunately for him, he is not. He will require firm leadership from an experienced owner to set and maintain boundaries.
Isaac is a sweet, independent, and playful Frenchie. He is a big boy with a deep voice, but don't let that fool you…he is a sweetheart! He likes to play with toys and will occasionally get the zoomies. He loves to go outside and LOVES going on walks. He's got the cutest waggle when he trots. Isaac is mostly potty trained and asks to go outside (except for when it's raining) but keep an eye out for occasional indoor marking. With time and consistency, he will learn the routine at his new home and marking in the house should cease. Isaac knows basic commands, but he is independent (some may say stubborn) - be prepared to be patient when you ask him to do something. He may take a few moments to decide on his own that he wants to do it. If not, then a firm insistence from his owner will get him moving in the right direction. He's not so much a lap dog but will eventually snuggle up to you. He is crate trained and will sometimes go in the crate just to hang out.
Isaac came to us with some behavior issues that have been corrected. He may have been under the mistaken impression that he was the boss in his previous life, but we reminded him he is not. He had bitten previous owners and we have worked diligently to correct this behavior. His future owners will need to set and maintain firm boundaries and not be afraid to correct undesirable behavior. Although he is VERY food motivated, his tendency to guard food makes treats a less than ideal reward. Luckily, Isaac responds really well to positive reinforcement - just some pets, scratches and an enthusiastic "good boy" work better than treats. He really does enjoy being a good boy! He does have an aggressive-looking response to you closing the crate door, but again, a firm, consistent and confident response is all that is needed.
His ideal owner will be experienced with dogs who need firm consistent leadrship and patience. He has taken well to the dogs in his foster home so a home with other dogs shouldn't be a problem. However, a home with young children will not be ideal. Isaac has allergies and ear issues. He was under the care of an allergist when he came to his foster home, with a detailed regimen of weekly shots, baths and regular wipes. However, we have simplified his regimen and switched to a premium food with some good results. He will need ongoing care for ear issues and allergies, so his ideal owner will be prepared to invest in his continued care and well-being.
While in foster care, all our dogs are thoroughly vetted. Any discovered medical issues will be disclosed above. Our Lucky Bulldogs (and their smushie-faced buddies) are cleared by their vet for adoption prior to us accepting applications. All our dogs will be up to date on Rabies & DHPP vaccinations, up to date on Heartworm preventative after a negative Heartworm test, and spayed or neutered prior to being adopted out to their forever homes. Often times, our dogs are given dentals and sometimes nare-widening surgery if needed while under anesthesia. All surgical and medical history we have will be shared with adopters. Further details can be discussed with the foster volunteer during the phone interview for the applications that are chosen to proceed to the phone interview part of the adoption process.
All our dogs are crate trained unless otherwise noted on their "All About" pages.
We typically will accept applications for our available dogs for 1-2 weeks except in cases of overwhelming popularity where we may stop accepting new applicants sooner. Once we have stopped accepting applications, we will review them and proceed with a phone call with our top applications to chat about the dog being applied for, go over the adoption process, and answer any questions the potential adopter has. After phone calls take place, we will decide on our top applicant choice and proceed to contact them to schedule a home visit (in person or via video chat), and check vet and personal references before the adoption is ready to be completed. This process can take up to 6 weeks, but we do notify all applicants of the outcome.