Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted May 7, 2015
We got Benson as a stray from the Humane Society, and from what the vets could tell, he was kept in a home with many other dogs and small children - because of that, Benson had major fear issues around children, which resulted in him being agressive and wary of children and some other dogs.
There was no rhyme or reason to the other dogs that Benson chose to get along with. There didn't seem a very good pattern of what determined a good pal dog for him, but he needed to exert his dominance over them and our cat at the time, Bowie (who thankfully didn't mind this at all).
Benson was a major cuddler, if you just wanted some down time, or was a huge ball of excitement and willingness to play, if you wanted to go out in the backyard with him.
Potty training was a constant struggle, as Benson had pretty severe seperation anxiety. Toward the end of my working with him, it was better, but every once in awhile, he would still have an accident in the house. He could not be crate trained, no matter how long we worked with him, and would attempt to chew the bars of his crate and bark nonstop, if confined.
However, he was very adorable, and all the sweetness that that dog possessed made up for it. He would have been a great companion dog for someone who worked from home, and wanted a small dog.