|~1 Year Old||Female||Husky Mix||49 lbs|
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She is a calm, goofy and curious girl who likes to pull but is learning well how to walk nicely. She is very chill in the house, loves comfy beds. She adapts well to new environments. Amazing in her crate!
|Has Met||Gets along with proper slow introductions||Hasn’t Met|
Deiana here!! Foster mom noticed that I am doing so well with my leash walking as well I haven’t alert boofed at anything in the last week so she updated my bio a bit. Give it a read!
Hello world! My name is Deiana and I am a calm, fun, female husky mix! I am about 1 year old and weigh 49 lbs. I have been vaccinated, spayed and microchipped.
My leash walking skills are going great! I understand how to walk nicely with a “Heel”, foster mom keeps the leash loose, and if my head passes in front of her knee, she makes a 180 degree turn. I’m making good progress, I even sit when she stops! She sometimes uses a training collar, and sometimes the martingale. In the second half of the walk, she releases me with “break!” and I get to sniff to my heart’s desire! I have a very high prey drive and I will want to chase every bird and squirrel as hard as I can! I will pass by most dogs with no problem! In the first few weeks I would alert boof if I saw a big dog (such as huskies or labs), although foster mom is already noticing that I haven’t done so since. When I did, foster mom says “No” and moves me a bit further away. Then, any moment I stop barking, she marks “Yes” and scatters some of my kibble in the grass. This really helps me disengage from staring and being concerned, and is also teaching me that seeing other dogs is not a bad thing! I have also alert boofed/barked at some other things that I’ve never seen before, such as a woman in a burka, a woman holding a big blue recycling bin, a shop vac, some men/people in the dark, but not since the first few weeks. Foster mom does the same thing to help me disengage and learn they’re not scary things.
I am a calm, goofy, curious girl, but also a little stubborn and sassy! When I am out of the crate, foster mom holds the leash and I follow her. I like to sit and watch her, sometimes she keeps moving and I just want to stay seated where I am! I have put my front paws up on the dining table and my foster brother’s crate to smell potential food smells, foster mom says “No” and guides me back down. I love to find things to chew, especially socks on the ground! Foster mom says “No” and takes the sock away, if we’re not doing a Sit on the Dog exercise, then she will give me a stuffy or ball to chew instead which I love. Speaking of which, Sit on the Dog is an exercise that I’ve been getting a lot better at! Foster mom sits on the leash and the purpose of this exercise is to teach me how to settle or have an “off-switch”. The first few days I wanted to chew on my leash, roll on my belly for attention, use my voice to say “I’m bored!!!”, but foster mom persisted and now I’m learning to take a nap when she does that exercise! She also does this exercise where I must stay on “place”, an elevated dog bed and relax, every time I try to climb off she says “No, place” and puts me back on it. Foster mom had some guests over and I was very gentle and calm in sniffing them. Foster mom noticed that I love comfort!! I kept trying to leave the elevated dog bed to go on the comfy dog bed, so finally foster mom put the comfy bed on top and I had no issues taking a nap. Other than some protesting here and there, I am a quiet chill girl, but don’t worry, I will still enjoy going on long walks and hikes with you!
With other dogs foster mom thinks I would do well as long as I get a slow intro. I live with one adult male dog and we get along great! I did not react to seeing my foster brother when I arrived and walked past his crate a few times. Ideally, a proper slow introduction would have both of us go on a walk with some distance at first, then get closer and closer together as we become neutral to each other. With my foster brother, I met him in the backyard after a morning where I was completely neutral seeing and walking by him in the house. Now, I love play wrestling with him in the backyard, we take turns rolling on our bellies. I would love to play chase with him and will bark loudly when I do, it is a little too strong for my foster brother and it’s hard while I’m still on a leash so I haven’t done it too much. Foster mom has a neighbourhood friend who has a 80 lbs together, me following him first, then reverse, then side by side, and by the end I was completely neutral and even politely sniffed his butt!
There are no cats in my foster home, but while I am at a temporary foster, there are cats and I have been curious and will sniff them if they get close, but have not tried to chase them the way I do with squirrels! I am always kept on leash so that I can be monitored around them.
There are no kids in my foster home so I’m not sure how I would do living with kids. I met a few kids in the neighbourhood at my temp foster, and I was really gentle! It’s important though for kids to know how to respect my space.
I am neutral to most people when I see them on a walk. However, when it is dark outside or if there is something I’ve never seen before I will be wary and may alert boof at them! With foster mom, I did try a lot of rolling on my belly for attention but it didn’t work. Other than that, I am not pushy trying to get affection. However, please do not give me attention in the form of talking (baby talk, any conversation beyond basic commands and marker words) and touching (affectionate petting) for the first 30 days, as I am not used to this, and it can become very addicting for me.
I am fantastic in my crate! Foster mom was amazed at how well I settled into my crate. I lie down very fast and take naps both when foster mom is home and when I’m home alone. If foster mom is leaving I may give 1-3 cries, and then I will be quiet and nap. In the first few days I would occasionally give some cries for attention, foster mom will ignore me or toss a rolled up sock out of sight on the crate. The rolled up sock hitting the crate helps prevent me from escalating and crying more, as well it shows me that crying doesn’t get me what I want. Currently my crate is covered on three sides and the front is uncovered but I cannot see the main entrance. I have been home alone in my crate usually for 2-3 hrs at a time, both in the daytime and evening, and once I was home alone in my crate for 6-8 hrs with no issues! Foster mom will say “Deiana, crate” and I may resist going in for a little bit, but foster mom keeps the leash pressure steady and calmly waits for me to finally walk in. Foster mom uses some of my kibble to work on basic commands during the day, but I get fed the rest of my breakfast/dinner in the crate! It’s a good place! When foster mom is home I follow a schedule of 2 hrs in the crate, 2 hrs out (on-leash). Before I exit my crate, I am usually pretty calm already and either sitting or lying down. Foster mom opens the door, clips the leash and waits for eye contact before saying “Deiana, break” meaning I can come out. At night foster mom fully covers my crate and I sleep well throughout the night.
Knock on wood, but so far I have had no accidents in the house! I don’t give any indication that I need to go, but foster mom gives me pee breaks every few hours or more if I have drank a lot of water. She noticed that when I do drink water, I will drink a lot at once!
I do fairly well with car rides despite being really new to them! I need some leash pressure and encouragement to hop in. I panted a bit but settled down on the highway in foster mom’s car crate when I had a one hour car ride. I was very relaxed either sitting or lying down on another car ride where I was in the backseat not in the car crate.
The vet said I might be an allergy prone dog, my skin shows some sign of chronic inflammation but I have no signs of any active infections!
Overall I am a really good girl! Balanced training will help me become even more confident. It is the recommendation of every newly adopted dog that we remain on-leash (human holding onto it) for the first 30 days whenever I’m out of my crate, and to follow a schedule of 2 hrs in, 2 hrs out. As well, the rescue recommends a “no talk, no touch” rule for the first 30 days, which means limiting talking and affection. It sounds tough but think of it as a small sacrifice to prevent me from getting over-attached and possibly developing unwanted behaviours!