Silas

NH -

Male -

1 year

This dog was adopted on 2012-02-10

Personal Information

Weight:55 lbs

Color:Brindle

Ears:Natural

Tail:Natural

Spayed/Neutered:Yes

Shots Up to Date:Yes

Other Dogs:Yes

Cats:Unknown

Children:Unknown

Crate Trained:No

House Trained:Yes

Microchipped:Unknown

Individual Needs:needs help meeting other dogs

Adoption Donation:$375

My Story

03.30.2015

Our forever friend, Silas, is doing just great! He continues to bring us joy and happiness every day! In the last year we have been going in even more stores than we used to. Did you know that dogs are welcome in Tractor Supply, Home Depot and Lowes stores? Silas is known by name in a few of these stores! We go up to our camp every few weeks. Silas enjoys it with us, no matter what season it is!
   We were dog sitting for my niece's dog, Brewer, last week. He is a Greater Swiss Mountain dog. Silas loved having company, but also likes being the only dog again. Silas and our cat, Dinner, are great friends. They love to chase each other around the house or just relax in a sunny spot!
    We cannot imagine life without our amazing dog, Silas!

07.27.2014

Silas is amazing! He is still the light of our lives! Silas goes to camp with us, out in the boat, hiking, snowshoeing, virtually everywhere with us :) We just got an 8 year old cat from my niece(things were not working out with her dog & the cat). Silas & Dinner(already named that-LOL) get along great! He is just an amazing dog-we will always be grateful to NLBR for finding our forever friend!

02.03.2013

Silas is our life!  When we lost our other Boxer Harley last January, we were devastated and still miss him.  But Silas has filled those huge shoes to the point of overflowing!  We do intend on attending an obedience class with him, maybe a Canine Good Citizen Class in the near future.

01.17.2012

Silas spends most of the day playing with either one of my boxers, Anna or Zona.  He really enjoys playing and when he and  Anna get together, it is very loud and a lot of growling and rough play.  If one didn't know better, they would think they were fighting but it’s just two vocal players.  I believe Silas would do best with another dog his size as he just has so much puppy and play in him and is quite rough playing, like most boxers do.  Silas came here as an untrained puppy only knowing sit, which he would do for about a second.  Now he knows alot and is a very obedient puppy.  Silas is a VERY EASY puppy to train as he has the most willing attitude. 

Here is what Silas knows so far- 

He knows sit to voice or hand signal 
Pee on command > hurry-hurry 
House Trained 
He comes quickly when called or whistle 
Sit - Settle 
Sit - stay 
Down 
He knows to go in the other room just by pointing to him when we eat 
Watch me - Eye command 
Wait to say okay before he will touch his food dish 
Trim nails with a dremmel - Nail trimming school 
Starting to leave out of the crate when we go off for an hour or two 

Silas is a very loving, easy going and laid back puppy.  Not much bothers Silas and he fits right into our home now like he’s always been here.  He’s a doll and what a lover!

01.12.2012

This week I took Silas to a trainer at a NH shelter so I could see if I was reading him wrong when he met other dogs.  I am not an experienced foster home and I am still learning.  He is so very good here with my dogs and I just wasn't sure of his signs when he saw another dog.  This trainer evaluates dogs in the shelter all the time.  She did not feel that Silas has any aggression at all.  She felt he is just overly anxious and excited when he sees another dog and doesn't know how to properly meet new dogs.  She brought in one of her dogs and I worked with Silas asking him to pay attention to me with the other dog there.  By the end of the session he was sitting and listening to me very well.  She then brought in another one of her dogs that is not as dog friendly.  Silas read that off her and was more respectful.  By the end of the session with this dog, Silas was laying down on his own within five feet of her, totally relaxed and not bothered at all.  WE were both very impressed with Silas, as he did GREAT!  She said he just needs exposure to more new dogs.  This weekend I am planning on bringing Silas back there for a drop in class with other dogs in the class.  I learned alot during this session on dog signs.  Silas is a great dog to learn with, as he is SO willing and such a quick learner.  He’s fun to work with because I see results right away.  I was very impressed with his evaluation session.  The next day I took him to the dog park for training there.  While he is still with me I plan to further socialize him every chance I get because he is such a great dog and I want him to be all that he can be.  Plus he tries so hard and is a dream to train.

01.12.2012

This week I took Silas to a trainer at a NH shelter so I could see if I was reading him wrong when he met other dogs.  I am not an experienced foster home and I am still learning.  He is so very good here with my dogs and I just wasn't sure of his signs when he saw another dog.  This trainer evaluates dogs in the shelter all the time.  She did not feel that Silas has any aggression at all.  She felt he is just overly anxious and excited when he sees another dog and doesn't know how to properly meet new dogs.  She brought in one of her dogs and I worked with Silas asking him to pay attention to me with the other dog there.  By the end of the session he was sitting and listening to me very well.  She then brought in another one of her dogs that is not as dog friendly.  Silas read that off her and was more respectful.  By the end of the session with this dog, Silas was laying down on his own within five feet of her, totally relaxed and not bothered at all.  WE were both very impressed with Silas, as he did GREAT!  She said he just needs exposure to more new dogs.  This weekend I am planning on bringing Silas back there for a drop in class with other dogs in the class.  I learned alot during this session on dog signs.  Silas is a great dog to learn with, as he is SO willing and such a quick learner.  He’s fun to work with because I see results right away.  I was very impressed with his evaluation session.  The next day I took him to the dog park for training there.  While he is still with me I plan to further socialize him every chance I get because he is such a great dog and I want him to be all that he can be.  Plus he tries so hard and is a dream to train.

01.09.2012

Silas had a great weekend!  He met new folks on a homevisit that I took him to.  He went to the dog park for the first time.  We stayed outside the fence and worked on training with him.  I was pleased at how he did and we will go there as often as I can to work on training outside the fence and being around new dogs.  Last night when my husband and I went to the gym, we left Silas out loose in the house with the other dogs and didn't crate him.  He did fine for the hour and a half he was left loose.  He isn't a dog that gets into mischief that I can see. 

I have been working on nail trimming school with Silas.  At my house, nail trimming school means the dogs lay on the floor and I take turns filing their nails with a dremmel.  For each couple of nails filed, the dog gets a treat (piece of kibble).  All the dogs love nail trimming school and wait patiently for their turn and now Silas has joined in.  He learned from the other dogs that this is a fun time.  He lays their waiting for his turn.  His nails used to be very, very long but now they are now nice and short and he is fine with having the dremmel used on them.  He has passed nail trimming school because for him, it’s all about the treats!  He is very food motivated, which makes him a breeze to train.  Silas is like a sponge and is just so willing to learn and obey. 

When it’s feeding time, he sits and waits in his spot to be fed.  Then when I put his food dish down, he waits until I tell him okay before he dives into it.  And I do mean dive into it, as he inhales it! 

This weekend we also went for a walk out in back of our house on the trails in the woods.  Silas was loose with 2 of my other dogs and stayed right there with me and came quickly when I whistled or called his name.  Of course I always have some treats with me so he’s rewarded for coming when called.  What can I say, Silas is a breeze to train and has turned into a wonderful companion to have around!  He just LOVES to be hugged, he just loves it when I wrap my arms around his body and hug and pat him and whisper sweet nothings in his ear.  He’s a snuggle bug, not a kisser at all but sure loves to be cuddled up in anyone’s lap.  He’s a lover and a keeper!

12.28.2011

Yay! Silas is now house trained!  It’s been over two weeks since Silas has had any accidents in the house.  He is starting to let me know he has to go out.  He is doing awesome here!  He listens very well and is so happy to please.  I can't believe he’s still here and someone hasn't scoffed him up!  Someone better adopt him soon because at night, I sometimes catch Silas curled up in my husband’s lap watching TV with him.  Last time that happened with a foster, it was Aiden and we ended up keeping him.  Now come on folks, I have five dogs and just can't keep another. 

Since Silas has been here, I believe he is getting bigger.  He is now taller than he was and his neck is getting huge.  I think he is going to be a compact, rugged boy when he’s finished growing.  He is so funny to watch - all feet and rather clumsy, just clippy-clopping around the house.  Silas is such a sweet puppy.  He’s a young puppy in a big body and he can't wait to meet you and show you what he’s learned!

12.17.2011

Silas has made great progress in his housetraining and training in general.  He has learned "hurry-hurry", which at our house means to pee on command.  I no longer have to take him out on a leash to pee, I can now stand on my deck, point to the woods and say hurry- hurry.  Silas will trot off to the woods and pee…So cute!  In the middle of his peeing, he almost always looks back at me to make sure I see him, as if he’s saying "look at me, I'm peeing”.   He then runs fast to the house for his treat.  He has made tremendous progress, just peeing on command is a huge help.  No more accidents in the house.  When outside, I no longer have to keep him on a leash, he stays right with me or the other dogs and comes when I call his name or whistle. He has learned sit and settle and sits to voice or hand signal.  He is learning down and stay. He is a very, very willing student and does as he is told.  He rarely ever touches anything in the house he is not supposed to but if he does and is told no, he doesn’t try it again.  He aims to please and listens very well. 

He loves toys now and playing with Zona, one of our Boxers.  She is the boss lady of the dogs here and they are best of buddies.  He also plays with Anna but I can tell he and Zona are best of buddies.  He loves to ride in the car and is good with another dog or by himself in the car.  He knows he has to stay in the back seat and he does until I go in the post office and come out, then he’s in the front seat but when I point and tell him in the back, he immediately does.  He’s a very good boy! 

Silas is great with my 5 dogs in my home.  However, I did take him to a BRAD and I did not stay long with him there as he did not appear to be able to meet other dogs in a friendly manner.  He barked at them and pulled on the leash to go after them and I did not feel comfortable keeping him in that environment with the other dogs and commotion.  When he was neutered and we were waiting in the vets office, a puppy came in and again Silas did not appear to be dog friendly.  Now, I have 5 dogs and Silas is awesome in my home with all my dogs.  I even have one pug who on occasion has gone after Silas because he was thinking of going in her bed and Silas never ever attempted to hurt my pug.  He just walked away not wanting a fight.  For Silas to be all that he can be and a well-rounded dog, he will need a strong pack leader that can work on meeting new dogs outside the home environment.  Silas is a young dog with a great willingness to please and has learned so much since he has been here.  If I didn't have 5 dogs and was looking for another, I would not hesitate to keep him because of his need to work on meeting new dogs.  He is not a dog for a beginner but someone with the knowledge to be a pack leader and I believe he will do well.  He loves to play with my dogs.

11.23.2011

Silas has gained 9 lbs in the two weeks he has been here..He now weights 44 lbs. He is looking so much better, much less bones showing.. He is a sweet untrained puppy who is learning manners  here..He gets along great with all 5 dogs.. He does not seem to know how to play with the other dogs or what to do with a toy..He interacts with them and tries to play but it does'nt last very long.. He doesn't seem to know what to do with the toys but he loves the nyla bones.. He is not a trained puppy but he is very willing to learn and to please..I have found that to work with him effectively it needs to be after he is full..Other wise he loses all sense of focus and control.. Just the hint of food he is so consumed in getting it that he can't focus on anything but the food..If I work with him right after hes been feed it seems to go better.. He is so obsessed with food ( who wouldn't be deprived of it like he was) that he can't focus on anything else.. He is learning he does not get fed till he sits and settles down.. After 2 weeks he is getting it because he is probably realizing we have lots of food here and he will never know that starvation feeling again. He is very sweet and if told no to something he will not do it again.. He is not one to get into mischief, he is pretty mellow at this point..He loves to have his head cuddled and will just melt into your hands..He is going to make someone an awesome best friend.

11.15.2011

Silas came to rescue as a stray, found in a parking lot.  He was taken to a high kill shelter and a wonderful lady saw him, pulled him out of there and called us.  She truly is a dog angel!  Silas is very emaciated and will need to gain quite a bit of weight before he is ready to be neutered.  He has been with us a week now and is sharing our home with my five dogs.  With Silas making six, it’s like a doggie daycare here!  Silas gets along great with all the dogs.  He knows sit and is learning manners from both his foster mom and the other dogs here.  He appears to be well socialized and not much seems to bother him.  He is a complete sweetheart and very loving puppy!

and will just melt into your hands..He is going to make someone an awesome best friend.

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