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Trooper was a stray in Phoenix who was darted by animal control to facilitate transport to MCACC, where he was quickly classified as human aggressive and placed on the kill list.

A caring stranger shot video of him, illustrating his fear, and we were able to rescue him with the help of our friends at Follow Your Heart Rescue. Trooper’s freedom ride wasn’t exactly easy – he continued to be very fearful. After his first relaxing night in a clean bed with several reassuring human visits at Pets Return Home, he took his “freedom walk” out of the crate into our arms. He has not shown any human aggression since. He was neutered at the animal control facility and caught kennel cough, but has recovered fully. In fact, he has gained a significant amount of weight and turns out to be a big boy, around 70lbs!

From Trooper’s foster mom, TB: “Trooper is a very loving dog and will climb on top of your lap and give you love. He is very hyper and needs someone who can give him undivided attention, possibly one on one. But, he gets along with other animals and doesn’t have any aggression issues with any of our animals. We think he would really shine with someone who has a lot of time for him. He learns quickly. He loves to run and play. Also, he loves, loves, loves the water hose and gets so excited when he sees it and tries to eat and jump through the water. It truly was a joy having him.”


Behavioral Notes:

Trooper is a high energy young dog.  He has recently began to ‘settle’ into his being.  He does not jump up on people as much as in the beginning, knows basic commands and will come on command.  he has a long ways to go as far as commands go.  He has some way to go on human manners but is eager to please and learn.  He is solid on socializing with adults, kids and other dogs.  He does not cause fights nor is he aggressive. He will knock the young kids down but does it because they are small and not because he is big.

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Pets Return Home helps dog-rescue and animal shelter organizations prevent the needless killing of homeless dogs by providing behavior refinement, command training and socializing in a safe and stress-free refuge. These dogs are victims of human neglect, abuse, ignorance and animal shelter overpopulation and require help to restore their confidence and ability to be loving family companions. We provide on-going support to sustain a long-term healthy family relationship. Our team has 25 years’ experience searching, training, refining behavior and healing dogs and holds certifications in search, training and medical protocols.