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Date Listed 24-May-17
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Address ., Oakville, L6L 3C9
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  • Rehoming + Adoption

Breed: Labrador Retriever-German Shepherd Dog
Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Size: L


Meet Onyx!

Onyx is a Shepherd/Black Lab mix who is approximately 2 years old and 64 lbs.

Onyx had a rough start to his life that left him mistrustful of humans, but he has done a behavioural 360 in the last 3 months with his foster family.

He has been working very hard to become the best dog he can be and to be able to find his forever family.

When Onyx first arrived, he was very reactive with many people, but he would also like and trust some others. His current trainer has his full trust, and she has helped him to work through many of his issues with other people.

Here is what his trainer has to say about Onyx:

With People

Onyx trusted me fully, and I used that bond to help him learn to trust others. I have tested him out with many people over the last three months, and I haven't had any further issues with him reacting to anyone.

I have had different kinds of people approach Onyx - people in big trench coats, people in overalls, people who smoke - and he’s been great with everyone.

With Food

I can give Onyx a bone and take it away from him without any food guarding or aggression.

With Other Dogs

It took me a while to be able to put Onyx in the same yard with other dogs. The first dog he was with was my own Border Collie.They both like to tug, so I started with a 12-foot rope and stood in the centre, tugging with them both. Day by day I shortened the rope until it was about only a foot away. They played tug this way with no issues.

After that, I could introduce Onyx to more and more dogs slowly. He is actually getting pretty good! I now leave Onyx in the yard alone with a few of my dogs and have no worries at all. In fact, Onyx does well with most of the Niagara dog rescue dogs he meets.

When Rusty came along (another foster) they became best friends after a couple of introductions and were more or less inseparable. When Rusty left, Onyx was devastated... he showed some some anxiety for a few days.


I walk Onyx myself, and he’s pretty good on a leash.

If there’s new people around or other dogs, he doesn’t bark or become reactive. He will lose focus and get a little excited, and pull on the leash a bit, but nothing too bad.


Onyx loves attention from people. He human love more than anything. He loves being petted and will do anything for treats.


Onyx has pretty good recall. He listens to my whistle very well.


Onyx likes to play fetch however, doesn’t always bring toys back.

Crate Training

Onyx is good in a crate. I can’t leave him alone in the house as he will try to mark things when left alone.


Onyx will chase cats, so he can't share a home with them.


Onyx has been great - he doesn't tend to bark at dogs barking at him on the other side of the fence.


I would suggest no young kids. Onyx doesn’t bark at mine and will take a treat from them, but it is better to be cautious.


Onyx needs something to chew on. He goes through a bone a week, as well as two filled kongs a day.

Safety Blanket

Onyx likes to carry things around in his mouth, especially his blanket.

At Home

I sit on the couch watching TV, and he will come over and jump up on the couch. If there’s no room, he will lay down right at my feet.


Onyx doesn’t mind baths at all.


Onyx is ok with fireworks and loud noises.

Onyx's trainer will continue to work with hm and his new family to ensure a smooth transition.

If you are interested in fostering or adopting Onyx, please complete an application below:


Rehoming + Adoption

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