Butch came to RMCR fearful and protective. I have learned a lot about Butch and know that he will need guidance from his adopter. At first Butch was in a foster home without other dogs. We have discovered by moving him to a foster home with other dogs made a big difference in Butch's disposition. He loves companionship of the other dogs, loves to run, play, and wrestle with them. He is fed in his crate so there are no chances of guarding his food. He is great when standing and waiting for a treat among the other dogs and will take a treat gently from my hand. Butch can be tricky to understand. For example, he does not like human feet. In other words, he will snap at your feet if you try to move something from him with your feet, like a ball on the floor or something you don't want him to have. From observing this behavior on a consistent basis I have to assume that he has been kicked in the past. This behavior can be easily avoided by the human. Butch's foster can explain more about Butch's behavior. He is usually kind and wants be involved with humans and other dogs. He still has to overcome his fear at the vet clinic and with grooming.
We know from his history: Butch was mistreated in his prior home which included children taunting hm. Butch lived his first year of life in a home that was not a great fit. He was under socialized. Then he ended up in a shelter. His prior owners reported growling/snapping/and lunging at people. He was said to have some resource guarding issues. He was never taken to the vet and his coat was not kept up, so he had matted fur.
The best home for Butch is going to be one with experienced adults, fenced yard, 6 ft tall wood, and another young dog or two. No children please.