Meet Sean
Animal ID 36072457 
Species Dog 
Breed Chinese Shar-Pei/Mix 
Age 3 years 4 months 9 days 
Gender Male 
Size Medium 
Color Tan 
Declawed No 
Housetrained Unknown 
No Small Kids  
Site Humane Educational Society 
Location Foster Home 
Intake Date 7/29/2017 
Diamond In The Ruff Club:
The diamond known as Sean is being polished and soon will be sparkling. His perfect setting just might be in your home. Sean is a biggish 40+ pound Chinese Shar-pei mix without bunches of wrinkles. Almost three years old, he is a handsome strawberry blonde guy. His Shar-pei blood shows up in his wrinkled brow making him look very worried. The shape of his back legs, color of his tongue, ears, fur and skin are all Shar-pei, too. Background: Since Sean came to us as a stray, we don't know the experiences he had in the past that have shaped his personality. We just know that he is a nice fellow - a bit wary of new people and excitable, but very deserving of love and who will give you love back in spades. He has been with us since July 2017, and just in early June 2018 went to a foster home for a few months. Training: With his foster mom, he is taking obedience class and is learning to walk well on leash, Sit, Down, Stay, Leave it, and Here (Come). He is learning crate training and being house broken. Sean is very treat motivated, making him easy to train. More training comes with his adoption so you can both speak the same language. Loves: In his foster home, Sean loves toys, especially plush squeaky toys that he does not even try to destroy, balls and Nylabones. He loves a soft cushy bed and a large crate. With most other dogs, he seems casually friendly and not overly excited. At the shelter, he joined big dog play groups now and then. He startles other dogs because he is vocal when he plays. He is strong and, like most dogs, needs regular exercise to help keep him calm and happy. Sean is a fun and funny dog if you have a kind heart and firm hand.

Why He Is A Diamond In The Ruff:
No kissing on the first date: Sean likes to go slowly with people and may take some time to be comfortable with you. He does not like to be crowded, hugged, or hovered over by folks he is unfamiliar with. The poor guy went for months without feeling a loving touch, so he may be startled to feel his head, sides, feet and mouth being touched. Gentle strokes along his sides and temples go far in reassuring him. Reflects energy shown him: High excitement and play get higher excitement and play back. That might be fun once, but not long term. That's one reason he would do best in a home without little ones. Calm energy will cause him to be calmer. An experienced dog parent - sort of like an experienced human parent - will know when and how to play and when to be firm with him.
It was especially difficult for a dog like Sean to be comfortable in a shelter environment, with different people approaching his kennel throughout the day. He is blossoming in a foster home and would positively bloom with the security of that special person or persons he can trust and depend on.