Age: 1.5-2 Years
Coat:Tri, Rough Coat
Weight: 40 lbs
Activity Level: Very Active Companion
Good with Other Dogs: Depends on the Dog
Good with Cats: No
Good with Children: School Age and Older
Special Needs: Deaf, probably since birth.
This Profile Last Updated: 2-24-2017
McCoy is a fluffy lover boy who can’t wait to find a family of his very own to share his abundant kisses with. He loves to snuggle on the couch and roll around on the bed. He adores stuffed animals, although he is so busy that no one toy will hold is attention for very long. He loves the water, but his swimming has waned a bit as he ages and he no longer splashes in the water bowl regularly. He does play Frisbee and ball and has learned to return the toys relatively reliably, although the game does not hold his attention for more than a few minutes. He likes to chase and play with other dogs, and is very quick and agile. He has some difficulty playing with other dogs, though, because he can’t hear them and does not always understand their cues. This is particularly an issue when they are indicating the game is over and he is not finished playing yet. Trips to the dog park will be a no-go for this guy. He is a very fast learner and is looking for a job so he will really enjoy learning all kinds of new tricks.
He interacts with children generally well, and will take signed commands from them readily, but here, again, has a hard time understanding when the game time is over, so he would be best placed in a home with older children who can understand his disability. Younger ones don't seem to realize that they must sign to him and not just tell him, 'no.' Tag games with kiddos can become rather heated and McCoy has been known to pull at and tear clothing so close supervision would be necessary until children understand how to safely play with McCoy.
McCoy is snoopy. He wants to check out absolutely everything. He has been known to counter and table surf and pick up just about anything in the house and taste it. This is improving with consistent corrections.
McCoy will crate readily, but does not load voluntarily in the car. He does ride well. He does display a good deal of anxiety while on outings and will need a human who is understanding of this and ready to work with him slowly and consistently if they plan on taking him out and about. McCoy has learned that lunging and barking at approaching people and animals is a way to get them to leave him alone so he uses this tactic frequently when he is away from home. He can be successfully distracted from this behavior, however, and will eventually calm down in a new situation. At home, he is generally good with humans and even displays some submissive behaviors.
It is important to note that the process of assimilating McCoy into a new family may take a little longer than it would with a hearing dog because, aside from the obvious differences in the way the humans must communicate with him, he communicates his needs in a slightly different way as well. Sometimes he uses what we, and other dogs, would consider to be signs of aggression when he isn’t really meaning to express that feeling. For example, when he sees a person or dog outside the window or walking by his crate he uses his entire body to let you know that he wants to it and jumps violently at the barrier and barks. With the help of his foster family, he is slowly overcoming this habit but his family will need to be experienced, patient, and have time to dedicate to working with him daily.
McCoy is fully vaccinated, microchipped, neutered, and has no known long-term health problems.