Whole Lotta Love

By: Pam Wiese Email
By: Pam Wiese Email

He's big and energetic, but also very loving. The Nebraska Humane Society has a dog that needs a home. Meet Dillon.

The NHS gets many dogs that need a second chance. Some, notably the adolescents and rowdy dogs, need a little work before being sent out. Their new owners often need to continue training and management in the home.

Dillon, all 100 pounds of him, came to the shelter as a stray. An extremely strong and high-energy dog, Dillon isn’t a bad dog. He's smart, very active, very loyal, incredibly loving and behaviorally a little bit more than a handful.

Dillon, as many dogs have been bred to do, adores people. This people dog is happiest when he is with his people, playing fetch, going on a long walk, riding in the car, doing things. He loves attention and will jump, nudge and paw all 100 pounds at you if you're around. If you ignore him, he gets more and more insistent.

In real life, that's a challenge as no one spends every second paying attention to their dog. So NHS volunteers are working on amping Dillon down. They started by tethering him just out of reach and then giving him a chew toy or stuffed Kong or a rawhide to occupy him while they did other tasks. Now he's much better at settling and doesn't always need the tether.

Exercise will be a must for Dillon, but he also needs to have his brain worked. If you don't, he'll figure out something to do that you likely won't want him to. At NHS, volunteers have taken him to several obedience classes and he picks up new things quickly.

Dillon would love to and should go to classes with his new owner. He is good with other dogs, but really loves people. He'll need an owner willing to spend some time and energy playing with and teaching him to be the great dog we know he can be.

Due to his size, energy level and persistence, Dillon can't go to a home with children under age 6 or with cats. Dillon is available by appointment and the information is under his picture on the NHS website at nehumanesociety.org.

The Nebraska Humane Society, at 8929 Fort Street in Omaha, is open weekends from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and weekdays 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. You can always look up animals and find information on the website.

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