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Shandy

Age Sex Breed Weight
 Approx. 3 Years Old Female Husky Mix 41 lbs

Need to know…
Working on going into her crate on her own and not chasing or lunging at cars and bikes on the sidewalk or roadway. No children please

Vet Details
  Spayed
  Microchipped
  Vaccinated

     
Hasn’t Met Gets along well No Children Please
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Details

Hello world! Let me introduce myself, My name is Shandy, I’m an approximately 3 year old spayed female husky mix, I’m vaccinated and microchipped, if you can’t tell by my pictures I’m not a very big girl, I only weigh in at 41 pounds. I had something funky appear on my neck and the skin on my back legs, the lovely vets did some skin scraping and looked at it under a microscope and didn’t see anything funky but treated me with some antibiotics and it did the trick and my skin cleared up.
I just want to get this out in the open, I do require mandatory training in my forever home, it’s to help me be the best possible dog I can be.
When I came down south I didn’t know much if anything, foster mom has been helping me learn all kinds of great behaviours.
Even though I am 3ish, I still very much act like a puppy. I’m learning how to sit and stay. We are also working on me waiting before going through doors because as soon as they open I’m a bit of a dasher, so hold on tight! When foster mom tells me to wait she will say “wait” and use her body to block me from moving forward, once I stop moving she praises me and we carry on.
Another thing we are working on is my leash walking skills, I try to pull and run all over the place when we walk, so when I start doing that foster mom will turn around and walk the other way, it only takes a couple turns before I’m walking at her side nicely. Sometimes I get a little over excited during our turns and I’ll try and nip at her ankles or hands, a quick sharp “Hey” is enough to get me to stop as we keep walking.
Another thing we are working on is sometimes when cars or bikes go by I will lunge at them, when I do that foster mom will just give me a quick tug on my leash and keep walking. If I don’t react she praises me a bunch to let me know what behaviors are expected of me when things go by. I’m a very smart girl. I just require lots of time, consistency, and patience to become the best possible version of myself.
I’m a pretty excitable girl. So I’m learning to be calm in the house, foster mom does something called “sit on the dog” what that entails is her sitting on my leash while she ignores me, so that I can learn to be calm. She also keeps me on my leash at all times in the house, it helps teach me boundaries, I’m pretty quiet in the house, foster mom has only heard me bark twice both were because I was excited watching other dogs play.
I enjoy going on trail walks with my foster mom and being able to sniff out all the squirrels and explore with my foster dog brother.
I have met a few others dogs, and all I want to do is play, play, play! I do live with another dog, he doesn’t really want anything to do with me and I’m fine leaving him alone. I’ve met some smaller dogs and I find them very interesting and just want to follow them everywhere. When I first meet dogs I give them a good sniff, then I try to initiate play by bouncing all over the place and getting the zoomies. When it’s time to meet new dogs, foster mom always takes us for a walk so we have a chance to get to know each other without being in each others personal space, it also lets me know that now isn’t the time to wrestle with them.
There are no cats where I’m currently staying so I can’t say how I’d be around them.
I should not go to a home with children because I get overly excited and use my mouth to express myself. This is something I will need to work on so I learn it is not acceptable. This is where my mandatory training will come in so you can help me learn this. It will help you to teach you positive ways to redirect me, and show me how to properly communicate.
I’m not a big fan of going into my crate, foster mom uses my leash to lead me into it. Sometimes I find some tasty treats hidden in my blankets to make it more enticing.
My crate is currently set up with a nice comfortable blanket inside and a big blanket covering it, I don’t have any toys with me because I haven’t shown any interest in the ones around.
Once I’m in my crate and it’s fully covered you won’t hear from me until you come and let me out again, that means I’ll even let you sleep in!
I eat all my meals in my crate as well to help me learn it’s a positive place.
I spend time in there even when foster mom is home so that I can get used to the idea of being in there and being okay with it, and learning to be calm in the house.
I’m proud to say I haven’t had any accidents in my foster home.
I don’t really show any indicators of when I need to go outside. My foster mom keeps me on a leash at her side and is diligent about taking me outside often to relieve myself. This has helped me be accident free.
When my foster mom is taking me for a car ride, she will indicate to me that she wants me to get in the car by opening the door and giving my leash a gentle tug. This is a cue for me to get in. Once I’m in it’s important that I stay put until I’m told it’s ok to get out. Foster mom will secure my leash by using a special dog seat belt. You can either tie my leash to the head rest or close the end of my leash in the door so that just the handle is sticking out. Then when it’s time for me to get out you can grab the handle before opening the door. It’s important for my safety to learn that you must have my leash in hand and I must have permission before I get out of the car.
It is HIGHLY recommended to keep me on leash for a minimum of 30 days both inside and outside of your home. This will help keep me safe and help you establish clear boundaries with me!

MANDATORY TRAINING

Don’t be afraid of these words! Here are a couple of reasons we require mandatory training for some of our awesome dogs:

 The dog doesn’t get along with ALL dogs.
That’s fine if you want to stay a hermit but we know the dog has potential to be ok with all dogs. Also, just like people, not all dogs like all dogs. You don’t like every person you meet but it’s expected we are cordial and that is the expectation of dogs as well.

 The dog is super nervous.
Many people have a tendency to allow their dog to stay in this state of mind their whole life but that is not healthy for the dog. We want a dog that trusts and is balanced as well as happy. Meeting with a professional trainer is exactly what these dogs need and you as the adopter needs to work hard at building that trust!

 The dog has zero manners.
Many of our returned dogs have come back to us this way and we want to decrease the chance that they will be returned again for the exact behaviour they showed before. All dogs require rules and boundaries. Love is not enough.

“I once owned a dog that was aggressive towards some dogs. I thought I was just going to have to avoid other dogs throughout his whole life and I became ok with that. Then I met an amazing trainer who has since helped me and we’ve walked and hiked with so many different dogs now! Throughout all the hard work I’ve met so many people and learned so much about myself.”

Don’t be afraid to adopt the dog that requires the mandatory training! It is an amazing opportunity to build a relationship with an awesome dog, meet new people and learn so much! For those of you with dogs that have issues, don’t avoid the issue. Get out and get training and work your butt off so your dog can be happy and so can you!

IMPORTANT

It is the recommendation of FTH that every newly adopted dog remain on leash, both inside and out, for a minimum of 30 days. As most of our dogs are outdoor dogs and strays, this will help prevent dogs running away as they are adjusting to their new home. At the same time it will help start building the bond between you and the dog. Thank you!

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