Hobbies–squirrel watching, going for car rides, jumping in the lake
I am a female Shepherd mix about 1.5 years old and I weigh about 49 pounds. I am vaccinated, microchipped and spayed. I am in my teenage years, have the energy of a puppy and am still learning everything! Foster mom says I am super smart and I don’t miss a thing! I am up for anything, I love adventure!
For me to be my best self, I do need mandatory training. I’m working really hard but I still do have some trouble with my relationships with other dogs, as well my foster mom says you will have to keep up with my training every day.
My leash skills are a work in progress, I am getting better everyday. Distractions…it’s the squirrels… are hard for me, I am always on the lookout for small animals and it makes it very difficult for me to concentrate on where I should be walking , which is right beside my foster mom. My foster mom is working on this by keeping me walking and paying attention to her by moving in and out of different obstacles, changing directions, walking slowly, walking quickly, stopping.She also walks the opposite direction if I start pulling, and is also teaching me “leave it”, when I see squirrels other dogs or something that interests me. I can be very strong on the leash and single minded when I want to be, so leash work is very important. I have really progressed very quickly with my leash skills, we are doing really well with no distractions, now we move on to more difficult challenges. Foster mom says to me “you got this!!” I don’t go on walks with other dogs anymore because of my training program, but I’m sure I will soon!
Foster mom continues this work inside so I can learn to follow her, she has my leash around her waist at all times. I do tend to be in a rush for everything so we are working on slowing me down. I will dash for the stairs or the door, I seem to be in some big hurry. Foster mom will tell me to wait at the top of the stairs, at the bottom of the stairs going up and at each doorway, I have to admit I am getting frustrated with her making me wait all the time,and I can be a bit bossy and pushy. I’m slowly catching on, but I really just want to go see what’s next and I do push the boundaries all the time. I know that foster mom just wants me to be the best dog ever and be able to go anywhere with you and be really well behaved. It’s going to be really important that you continue this work with me to help me learn and provide me with leadership and direction.
I do like people, my foster mom is doing the no talk no touch with me so I don’t develop separation anxiety, I really want her attention. I push at her hand and paw at her to pay attention to me. She ignores this behaviour so I don’t get any attention for it, and I do stop. I will show you my belly for belly rubs, but sadly foster mom is still following the rules so no belly rubs for me. She did cut my nails and I sat very quietly while she did them.
I am excitable , mostly about the squirrels, and I am yet to play with the three dogs in my foster home. I’m not sure how to be around them, which makes me a little growly and pushy. I’m working hard at building a relationship with them, and we are going slowly so I can behave properly and have some fun.. I have not yet played with any toys, foster mom tried to see if I would chase a ball , but no luck.. There were possible squirrels in the yard…
I am the great in the crate. I’m in there all day while the foster mom is at work which is 8 hours, NOT A PEEP.. At night I go to bed at 10 and get up at 6:30, NOT A PEEP. When foster mom comes home from work I whine a little, mom tells me “enough” and ignores me until I’m quiet. Now that I have gotten used to this place I am whining a bit in my crate when foster mom is home and I am in my crate, but she just ignores me and I do stop. I go into my crate easily, foster mom says CRATE and in I go. I get my meals in the crate, so I know it’s a good place. I wait quietly and patiently for my food until my foster mom says its Ok to eat it.
That is one major thing you need to know, I LOVE FOOD AND TREATS…I will sit, stand, and do tricks for food. So training with some treats will help a lot!
I have not met any cats or children. It is recommended that any children in my new home are 13+ years old as I need leadership and direction.
I have had no accidents in the house, not one, not even the thought of one. Foster mom says that I have not given her any indication when I have to go to the bathroom, so we just go on a schedule. I do drink a lot of water, but I have an iron bladder.
I love the car, I can’t wait to see what adventure is next. I am secured by my leash being closed in the car door. I get so excited for a car ride I will run and jump in the second you open the door. I know “wait” and patiently sit before my foster mom says “okay” and then I jump in. This is the same with exiting the car. I sit quietly in the back seat and wait to find out where we are going.