|~1 Year Old||Female||Husky Mix||48 lbs|
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She is learning to be calm as she was quite anxious at first. She is strong on leash and will pull. She also pulls away when large vehicles pass by. She needs a strong owner. She will jump up and tries to steal food off the counter. She is shy meeting new people.
|Has Met||Gets along||Lives with school aged children but Children 3+ years and older please|
Who is the sweetest, friendliest girl with the thickest, softest coat? It’s me Popsicle! I am on the lookout for a home to call my own. I am a female husky mix, approximately 1 year old. I weigh 48 lbs and I should be pretty much done growing for now. I went to see the vet where I was vaccinated, spayed and microchipped and given the all clear to look for my forever home.
I am a very friendly and fun girl, but when I first came here I showed my anxious side. I have settled in very well and feel comfortable now, but that anxiousness might come out again with a transition to my forever home. Please trust that I will settle in and soon you’ll see my silly and affectionate side. I calmed down a lot over the first few days and even more over the next few weeks. Even at my most anxious I wasn’t aggressive, just what the humans here called friendly-stressed. When I get exited I do a little dance, my toes start tippy-tapping and my face goes into a big grin where I show off my teeth. I like artificial bones or rubber chew toys. In all honesty, I’d rather play with someone that can play back! I will play with any toy if the other dogs are playing too.
What helped me settle in the most was lots of crate time, 2 hrs in and 2 hrs out works well. Being out of the action but able to observe the household from a safe space let me figure out how things work around here. I also have responded well to an exercise called “sit on the dog.” Don’t worry, no one actually sits on me! They sit in my leash, giving me only enough slack to sit or lie down, and then they ignore me until I’m laying calmly. The humans here expect me to lay calmly for 20-30 minutes. At first it took a long time of pulling, panting, and trying to jump up before I settled but I have gotten the hang of this and lie down more quickly now. I still get distracted easily but I’m improving all the time.
I am very good motivated, which has its pros and cons. Treats can help me when you’re training me, but be careful not to overuse them or I’ll only perform for a treat. I am always in my crate when the humans are eating, as I’m very curious about their food. This is something my adopters will need to be careful of, especially if I am around children.
I didn’t love my crate at first but I got used to it quickly. If you lead me over to the door with my leash I walk right in. I eat my meals in the crate and take lots of naps there during the day. I have come to see it as my safe and cozy space. I like it uncovered or just covered on top so I can see what’s going on around me. At night I sleep in it in the living room with the rest of the dogs here. I go out for a last bathroom break around 11 pm and I sleep through the night until the rest of the household gets up at 7 am. I will adapt to your schedule if you keep different hours. In my time here so far I have never had a pee or poop in the crate or the rest of the house! Keep in mind that I am on leash any time I’m not in my crate, so this may not hold up if you give me too much freedom too quickly. When I need go go out I will let you know by whining if I’m in my crate or pulling toward the door if I’m out of it.
In my foster home I live with two adult dogs, a male and a female, both close to my size and I get along well with them. We like to play together now, but for the first few days they ignored me. Once I realized they didn’t want me in their faces I ignored them back. Over time I won them over and now we all play and wrestle together. There is also a smaller puppy that’s being fostered here and I am even more determined to play with him than the older dogs. I have a hard time being calm when the puppy is near! We get some time to play in the yard together, but when they expect us to be calm in the house at least one of us has to be in a crate. I’m still always supervised around the other dogs as I haven’t been here very long. There are two school aged kids (9 and 12) in my foster home and I think they’re great! They don’t give me any attention because these kids know the routine with new foster dogs. I am interested in them and pull in their direction when they walk into the room, but being kept on leash means I haven’t yet earned the privilege of approaching them. Since I’m still young and will need plenty of work and training, I can’t go to a home with kids under 3, but older kids who will give me space and will be supervised would be just fine.
I spent a weekend in a temporary foster home with cats. I was curious about them but didn’t try to chase them. When I got too close one of them gave me a bop on the nose and I backed right off. I would need to be supervised and on leash when meeting new cats. The people in this temp home enjoyed my visit and were happy that I didn’t seem to be prey driven around their cats.
When you bring me home, for the first 30 days at a minimum I need to be on leash whenever I’m out of my crate, yes even in the house and in a fenced yard! This is how you will teach me your rules and boundaries. Having my leash in your hand gives you an instant way to interrupt any unwanted behaviour. Here’s where I confess what kind of behaviour you might need to interrupt: I have made several attempts to steal food off the counter and tried to get up on the couch. Even if you plan to let me on the couch one day, it shouldn’t be until I’ve learned my role in the household. With my leash in your hand you will be able to stop these thing from happening and teach me the rules in my new home. Standing on my leash is a great way to prevent me from jumping up. I also need you to resist giving me attention at first. It will be sooo tempting to sink your fingers into my beautiful fur and pet me, but it will be better for both of us if I learn first to be independent and then earn affection later.
I really love walks! I get excited to go outside and my toes do the tippy-tappy thing, but the humans here make me wait until I’m calm before we go out the door. I’m like some of the human kids I see – I would much rather walk on top of the snowbanks than on the boring old sidewalk! Sadly they do expect me to walk beside them. I do pull quite a bit, especially at the beginning of a walk but I’m working hard to learn that this is not how walks go. They make me stop and sit so often that it prevents me from getting out in front. When I do manage to get ahead, they do an abrupt turn and go the other way. Starting our walk with lots of turns and zig zags gets my attention focused on following you. I have learned a lot in a short time and I’m eager to please, so keep working with me. I get alert on walks when I see other people, dogs, or small animals and I pull extra hard. I pull towards animals and away from humans, especially if they’re talking loudly. I appreciate space to hang back and figure someone out at first, but once I feel safe I’m happy to make friends. I show my anxious side when big noisy trucks pass us. I will pull hard to the opposite side and try to get away from them. The humans here ignore this behaviour and keep going to show me that there’s nothing to be scared of, and they hold my leash quite close to my collar so I can’t get out of position.
Car rides are great! I get a bit excited and try to pace around before settling down. I ride in the back of an SUV and I’m working on learning to jump in and out. I still get a bit of assistance for now. A loop of leash left hanging out the door can be a good, quick way to make sure I stay in one place and gives you something to grab before you open the door. Keeping any new dog secured is so important!
What do you think? Do you have room in your life for a new best friend? Please don’t apply for me unless you are ready to make a commitment to working through any issues that may come up. Balanced professional training is always recommended and can help us get started in the right direction.