Kevin is a friendly little love bug. His coat is the softest thing you've ever petted (not an exaggeration). He's got incredible, emotive ears. We think he has real potential in the realm of agility because he moves around like an athletic red fox. Kevin had a rough start and he wound up in the shelter at a very young age, but we're determined to help give him a fresh start. Our team was asked to help troubleshoot a rare medical issue identified by the shelter staff. Since coming to WCAL, Kevin has been diagnosed with Psychogenic Polydipsia or self-induced water intoxication. This is a complicated way of saying that Kevin is a compulsive water drinker. It's a condition most common in young, hyperactive dogs prone to high stress or anxiety. This condition can be managed with medication and careful management of his environment (no bottomless water bowls!). Restricting his daily water intake to "normal" amounts based on his age and size is helping his body to function normally. In addition to all sorts of training exercises and fun brain games aimed at helping him burn energy, build confidence and de-stress, we hope that once his new medication builds up in his system, he will be able to have a healthier relationship with water, going forward. We've only just begun a treatment plan with Kevin, and this will likely take weeks to take effect and show results. Thankfully Kevin's lab results and ultrasound revealed no other issues (specifically, no signs of kidney disease or diabetes). He's a fun, active puppy. Kevin likes meeting new dogs, playing with other puppies at play dates and learning new tricks. He has already mastered a long list of new games and tricks he happily performs on cue.
We ask that all WCAL puppy adopters commit to attending a reward-based training class with their new puppy (we'll help you find a qualified, dog-friendly trainer near you). This is the best way we know how to help you bond with your new pup, give you access to current training techniques and ensure that your new dog becomes a well-rounded member of society. We believe in being proactive and know from experience that the best time to train a dog is NOW! It's important to us that all the dogs we rescue get the very best start. If you don't have time to attend training classes with a puppy, please consider choosing an adult dog or waiting to adopt until your schedule is more flexible.
We have no information about Kevin's parents or their breed mix. Before applying to adopt, it's important to verify that this pup will be welcomed by your landlord and homeowners insurance, regardless of breed.