Did you hear?? I’m the new feature dog! I’m so happy to hear the other dogs got adopted and I can’t wait until I meet the perfect people for me!
My name is Milkshake and I’m an approximately 2 year old female husky mix. I’m on the small side weighing around 30lbs. I’ve been to visit the lovely vet lady and have been microchipped, vaccinated and spayed.
I’m a quirky and silly girl, with tons of energy and even more love! I’m super smart and equally as playful. I love to run, play with toys or other dogs, but enjoy a Netflix and chill as much as the next person or dog.
We’ve worked really hard on me being able to be relaxed, and the humans say they’re always so proud of how well I’ve been progressing! See I grew up by myself being able to do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted with no rules and no restrictions. Here, well there’s are SO many rules and restrictions!!
I had a really hard time at first and would pace, whine, cry and sometimes nip in protest to anything I decided I didn’t want to do. I also couldn’t settle, if I had free range I would pace all over the house and scratch at doors to try to get out of the house.
Now I’m much more relaxed, but it did take a lot of work and a lot of the humans needing to follow rules.
If I was out of the crate I was either tethered to the humans or they had a hold of my leash. I was/am crated as much as possible with a routine of two hours in and one out to enforce its a safe place and when I go in I will come back out. They did not talk or touch me unless it was to praise or provide guidance. Most of all they were patient (I mean super patient), they would wait me out for anything I was protesting and praise when I decided I would do it. Praise wouldn’t be over the top, a key word like yes, and some treats typically. We’ve also been working in some pets to the neck and chest as I’m still a bit hand shy. This should go the same for my new home for at least the first 30 days, though continuing past the 30 days is beneficial. Any sign of arising issues we start back at square one for at least a week or two.
Now, in the house if I’m not bothering one of the other dogs to play I can usually be found napping on one of the many dog beds, or looking out the front window watching the world go by.
The patience was most effective with helping me with the crate. I would protest going in there so much! I would try to pull away, alligator roll, bark, nip, all of it! So the humans would feed my leash through the crate and position themselves so they were behind the crate door, put a bit of pressure on the leash towards the back of the crate and wait. When I wouldn’t get a reaction out of them I would give in and go into the crate.
Once in I would still protest. If I was really worked up I would bite and scratch at the crate, and cry. It was bad enough that I could break out of a standard wire crate and was switched to a heavy duty crate (impact or zinger). We also added straw which helps to create a nesting feeling to help me relax.
Now, I’m very happy to say, I do not do that! Not to say I won’t revert back when I move to a new home..
Currently I’m in a standard wire crate, and 90% of the time I don’t make a fuss going in. I’m not yet at the point I’ll go in on my own, but if my humans are walking by my crate with my leash in hand I typically make a beeline for it and will go right in.
I don’t get a blanket in my crate or over top of it as I easily get bored and will rip them up. I do get a nice sturdy bone to chew on that I quite enjoy.
I also get fed my meals and special treats when I’m in my crate to keep enforcing that it’s a good and safe place for me.
Frustrating right? Not settled in the crate and not settled out – I told you the humans had A LOT of patience, and followed the rules as much as they could. They sound tough, but they set such an amazing base for a good and healthy relationship.
Know what else is amazing for growing a relationship? Training! This is a 24/7 thing for me as everything is new, so FTH wants to make sure I get off to the best start with you that’s why it will be mandatory for both of us to go see a balanced trainer. I honestly can’t wait to see how much we can learn together!
I’ve already got a good start with my fosters. We have been working a lot with leash work, and one on one I’m fantastic! I need the occasional reminder to follow you, done with a quick 180 turn, and have almost mastered an automatic sit. This is when you stop walking I plant my butt. We’ve just started on stays, but we will get there!
When I’m walking with other dogs I tend to forget everything I’ve learned and just want to play. Passing other dogs across the street I typically don’t pay any attention to unless they’re making a fuss about me.
People we pass I’m quite curious about and may try to sneak in a sniff after they walk by.
I’m also quite leary of loud trucks and cars when they pass us walking.
On the other hand, I absolutely love going for car rides. If there’s a car door open, I’m hopping in!
I do need to be secured when riding in the car as I will wander around, but the humans also recommend getting me far enough away from the driver that I can’t wet willy them! My foster mom thought maybe it was a one time thing when I did it to her, but then I went and did it to my foster dad too! Gross, right?
Something else that’s kinda gross that I do, is I sometimes still pee in the house.. it’s still a new concept to me, and it has decreased but, ya..
I have started asking to go out, and will go stand by the back door, but if it’s missed I will go inside. The humans try to keep me on a schedule, much like a puppy, to deter this as much as possible and will praise me when I go outside.
I’m also super weird and will only go to the bathroom in the backyard. Despite going on an hour long hike or walks I will likely need to go for a bathroom break when we get back. This goes for poops too.
In the backyard I actually poop in the same area everytime. The humans love it! They always know where to avoid to step lol
In my foster home there’s a bunch of other dogs and we all get along super well. I have my favourite of course, which is a male who likes playing, not quite as much as I do, but will play with me. I’m also very respectful when he tells me he’s had enough. Same with the other dogs, they’re not as likely to play with me, so am way less likely to bug them.
New dogs I’ve met I’ve done well with so far. I seem to be really good at finding which ones will play or tolerate me, and avoid the rest.
I can be a little overwhelmed when meeting new dogs so may take a second or two to adjust.
Ideally I will have another dog on my new home to help me continue to come out of my shell, but show me the ropes.
Cats- well, that’s a no go. They just look like way too much fun to chase!
Kids – since there’s so much I have to learn and work on, on top of my occasional nipping that I have done it will be required I go to a home with kids at least 16+.
Humans – I’m still getting use to you jabbering things, and need a person that will be confident and patient to help me work through my quirks.
Well, that’s me in a nutshell. I know it’s a lot, but I’m hoping you can look past it the work that’s needed to make me the perfect girl I know I can be.