BanjoRescue Me ID: 21-07-18-00336

About Banjo

Australian Shepherd
Age: Adult
Sex: Male

He's a happy camper with immediate family, but needs confidence around new people. Though training is needed to hone basic manners, he needs no instruction on being a great family member! Meet Banjo! He's an 8-years young, 45-pound male Australian Shepherd located in Groton, MA. As compelling and sweet as he is, Banjo is a nipper when left to his own devices. His herding genes surface when they shouldn't, and it seems like this is based on fear. Banjo is great with his immediate family. He likes his teen humans, ages 15 and 18, and has been sleeping at the foot of their beds. He thinks it's funny waking them up by jumping into their bed. He is fine on leash and currently takes 3 or 4 half-mile walks each day. He'd be game for longer jaunts as he's still young at heart. Banjo's favorite toys to pass the time are the chew-types. He's also good in the car and not destructive when left at home alone. If you like people watching, here's a friend to sit on the porch with. One favorite summer activity that Banjo currently has is to lie on his belly outdoors and watch people pass by. Banjo gets along with other dogs for the most part. He's not an instigator, but if another dog acts inappropriately, Banjo will respond in kind. When he sees another dog, he gets really inquisitive, straining at the leash, to meet them. Proper introductions are needed, just let him get to know other dogs the old-fashioned way with a good butt sniff. Background: Banjo was adopted last year, but his lack of confidence with people outside his circle was not disclosed. Banjo's current human dad lacks experience with Banjo's fear-based nipping, and also travels for work which makes it difficult to keep up with the structure and consistency Banjo needs. His behavior seems to be triggered around the front door, when strangers first enter the house. Though he mainly nipped at hands (always let any dog come to you when ready!), one time he bit someone to require 4 stitches. Now Banjo stays in a back room until guests are seated. With a little planning, everyone will be safe and Banjo much happier. We're helping Banjo find someone more experienced and who has a regular work schedule. If you have experience with a dog who lacks confidence around new people, we hope you'll open your heart and home to a really nice all around dog! Apply here: #ARKforBanjo #JustSaveThem


Animal Rescue Konnection (ARK)
Essex County
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930



  • Not Good with Other Dogs
  • Not Good with Cats
  • Good with Kids and Adults

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