Colden is a beautiful spotted American Bulldog bull mix who was found as a stray in South Central. His birthday is estimated to be in June 2012. When he was found he had several injuries from being attacked by other dogs and from getting hit by a car. When we rescued him he was hiding under a car from people who had been throwing things at him. Despite the horrors he experienced on the street he came right up to us when we called him. He has been nothing but a complete sweetheart. This is what our trainer has to say about him: "
Colden is a fantastic dog. He’s big and beautiful, is super gentle and very relaxed most
of the time. He is social and polite with other dogs that are well-mannered. The only
thing he loves more than cuddling with a human is a car ride. The only concern is his
intense fear in extreme situations. Fireworks are a great example of an extreme
situation. During fireworks, I have to sit there in the same room with him, paying
attention to him and make sure that he doesn’t pay too much attention to the fireworks.
I have to keep his attention on me and make sure that when he gets emotional that he
keeps calm. If that is done and he is in a familiar and controlled situation where there is
leadership, he will remain calm, submit and go to sleep. If he is put in an extreme
situation and not kept calm, where there is no leadership or the leadership is soft
and/or not consistent, he becomes more attentive and reactive to the distractions.
Using fireworks again as an example, if I did not work with him, keep him calm and the
focus on me, his fear will escalate and gain intensity. He will start looking for a corner
to hide or force his way behind the couch to find a spot that makes him feel
comfortable and safe. If he cannot find that spot, he will start to pace and pant and his
fear will continue to grow and he could act out inappropriately. Helping him find a safe space, sitting down and petting him is often the positive reinforcement he needs to get
through. Colden is not a jumper nor super excitable. He likes to be around and hang out with
his person. He is very food motivated but does not beg. He has shown no food
aggression or other types of aggressions that I have seen."