April 29, 2019 Update on Banjo from his wonderful foster mom, Sue. He acts like a 2-year-old; he has so much energy and is so busy! She has so far not allowed him on the couch, but woke up recently and he was not in his bed, he was on the sofa sprawled out! She said he’s sneaky — he’ll bring a toy to her and put it on the couch and see if she objects, then if not, he’ll climb up on the couch himself. That’s an Airedale!
He’ll jump up on you, but they’re working on that. He also knows he can jump up and see what’s on the kitchen counter and he is a counter surfer, so he’ll need someone vigilant to keep him from stealing dinner!
He’s doing great walking on leash, but if he sees another dog, be ready, because he wants to go meet them. He is such a great dog – so happy, social, and acting like a puppy, playing with balls, tossing them into the air and fetching them. He’s 65 lbs but thinks he’s a 10-lb lapdog. He’s great in the house despite having lived mostly outside all his life.
Banjo is good with cats, as you can see, though if they run, he might give chase. He’s also good with chickens and horses, and a good protector who keeps the raccoons and possums out of his yard. He loved his 20-lb female mutt-sister in his last home and allowed her to get bones first, but he’s not fond of male dogs. He’s fine with older children – teenagers – if they spend time with him and walk him, but not so much younger kids. Although he’s been outside most of his life, he actually does ok on a leash. He was hit by a car when he was 2 years old and, as a result, had to be tethered to the porch to give him time to heal and keep him from being too active; so he adjusted to being on leash. He will pull, so he needs training to help him learn to take a nice walk with you. He does know the basic sit, stay, come, and down from an obedience class at Petsmart, but needs consistency to keep in practice. He’s quite smart so he’s a quick learner.
If you’re looking for a sweet, loyal, loving companion, Banjo just might be the one.