We found Archie wandering in the street near the arch in Antigua on March 18th. He was clearly lost, scared, and confused. We fed him a little, and had to leave him as we had a meeting to attend. At the end of the meeting, we went looking for him, but he was nowhere to be found.
We continued to look for him over the course of the next few days, but without success. About ten days after we had seen him, a friend of a friend contacted us to say that she had found a dog, taken him in, but that her dogs were fighting with him. Lo and behold, it was Archie! We had him neutered, vaccinated, and wormed, and he moved up to the rescue on March 27, 2017.
Archie is probably between 10 and 14 months old. He is the shaggiest ragamuffin we have ever seen. He is exceptionally cute and sweet. He is settling in well at the rescue and gets along with all the other dogs and puppies. He had no training when we got him, so we are working on teaching him basic behaviours.
Archie loves people and is friendly to all. He is extremely dog-reactive on leash, and barks and lunges when he sees other dogs. We don’t think he is aggressive; but rather, he is likely frustrated by the leash preventing him from greeting. He barks and gets very agitated when riding in the car if he sees other dogs on the street. He is also very reactive toward birds, and likely would chase. Archie pulls very hard when walked on leash, even with a front-attach harness.
Archie needs a lot of work on impulse control (leave it, stay, wait), training to reduce his reactivity and reaction to other dogs, and he needs to have a strong base of obedience behaviours before he will be ready for adoption. We are also conditioning him to accept and wear a Gentle Leader head halter to reduce his pulling on leash.
He is a lovely dog, and will be a great addition to some lucky family once he has some basic manners.