|~3 Year Old||Male||Shepherd Mix||65 lbs|
Feature Dog ~ Snowdrop Pointylips
Need to know…
Working on crate/leash training and not marking in the house. Has lunged at other dogs while in the car at the vets but was fine inside the vet office. He does have a droopy side of his face that will need an eye kept on it to ensure the right eye fully closes when sleeping or may need eye drops in the future to stop it from drying out.
|Hasn’t Met||Has Met||Lives with an older child|
The name is Snowdrop PointyLips, you heard correctly that’s my name! Of Course when you adopt me you will you can change it if you’d like.
I am male Shepherd mix who is roughly 3 years old. I have been vaccinated, microchipped, neutered and currently weighing 65.2 lbs.
I’ve been in my foster home for a short time now. My foster family and I are spending quite a bit of time getting to know each other. I have some flaws we are currently working, some that have been improved on since I arrived, so please read this entire post before making your decision.
First thing’s first! While at the lovely doctors she noticed I have a droopy side of my face. Because we don’t know my background it could be from trauma or what they call idiopathic nerve paralysis, meaning we just don’t know. Since I don’t show any other symptom’s they do not feel it is sinister but always best to keep an eye on it for any changes. It’s important is to make sure when I close my eyes that the right one closes fully, otherwise my lovely doctor will need to incorporate some eye drops to keep them lubed and stop it from drying out when I sleep or take naps.
I am a tad bit skittish when I first meet you so please be patient with me until I settle into my new surroundings. I am a pretty quiet guy, not much of a barker. I wouldn’t say I am chill as I do like to wonder and sniff my new surroundings. My foster parents are teaching me how to feel settled instead of wondering around, they attached my leach to their hips! Weird I know, but it is actually working. Now I’ll give a little more information on how to use the hip method a little later. I do not like when people I don’t know or just met touch / rub my head! I have not done anything other than duck, it took me a few days but now I am ok with my foster family touching my head, in-fact I now I bat my precious eyes hoping they will give my head a little love.
Do you like treats? I certainly do! I’m so excited to have them that I’m not too gentle when I take them, I am however am getting better at it! If you leave the treat in the palm of your hand and remind me of my manners by telling me gentle! I haven’t shown too much of my personality yet as I am just getting used to my surroundings, however I am coming out of my shell and showing that I can be a playful guy.
I have met a couple dogs in my foster home, one male and one female. I was introduced to them separately and I’m happy to say all went well. At first, I wasn’t too interested in playing with them as all I really like to do is sniff around, but when I got to know them a little more, I felt more and more comfortable showing them my playful side. We went for a few walks together and seeing how I’m lacking in the leash walking department I’m hoping while I am here, they can show me how to walk properly. When I first arrived and went to see the lovely doctor I lunged at this little dog, thankfully I was in foster mom’s van, so I hit the window instead of the dog. I have since met a small breed dog he actually lives in the basement of my foster home. We get along just fine. I didn’t show any signs of aggression when we first met either.
While I’m following these wonderful smells, I tend to pull on the leash a little too much. When I start to get ahead of them, my foster parents will immediately turn at 90 degrees and continue walking. We continue this until I realize that I am not to pull on the leash. When I first moved here and started going for walks with my foster family, I would ignore everything, but, now that I am getting more comfortable, I will notice other humans, dogs, cats or squirrels I look at them and continue to look, but don’t try to chase them or anything, eventually I just carry on. I think I may be getting more comfortable with my new surroundings. I’m told you humans like having routines! Well! I am happy to say I too like routines! You see if you can take me on my walks regularly, my bladder may remember to hold off until those times too!
I haven’t met a cat as of yet.
In my foster home I like to follow my human foster sister. She is 11 and oh so interesting, ok! Ok! maybe not too interesting but she is like me and doesn’t like to sit and relax, so I am attached to her hip. Have you ever seen a dog attached to a human’s hip? NO? well, this is what it looks like. You wrap my leash around your hips then put the clip end thru the loop at the other end and then clip the leash to my collar! Clever isn’t it. I am also attached to my foster parent’s hip. This helps me get used to life indoors and if I am about to do something wrong it is easy for my foster parents to stop me before I do. I need to work on my “treat” skills. You see, I am quite food motivated and don’t have all my manners figured out yet. If I see that you have food in your hand, I may try to take it right from you, even if it isn’t for me. As I’ve mentioned I am not that gentle at taking treats so please be careful especially with lil ones walking around with treats in their hands. Please also advocate for me and ensure your kids have proper education around new dogs.
Basic Commands! Now what are they again? Right, you ask me to sit and I listen by sitting. At first, I wasn’t too great at understanding and doing as my foster parents asked, but as the days go by and I become more comfortable. I’m starting to do exactly what I am asked to do. So, I am happy to report I understand the command SIT and do exactly as asked. I will update you as I start to learn more awesome commands and tricks.
It is very important when you take me home to give me a little alone time in my crate. By allowing me to have some crate time allows me to decompress and get used to my new surroundings. In my crate I have a nice cushiony blanket, a bone and a toy I stole from my furry foster siblings. My foster parents cover my crate but leave the front open so I can see out. I was pretty quiet when I first arrived. As I become more comfortable my inner voice is starting to come out. My foster parents are starting to realize when I bark, I am telling them I’d like to go outside and do my business, but no worries as I am pretty quiet outside of the crate. I also eat my food in my crate, this allows me to relax and take my time eating and not be concerned someone else may take it. I do love my water (best to put a mat under so as I don’t tip the bowl and make a mess🤦🏻♀) this I drink outside my crate. Sometimes I need help getting in the crate, unless you put my food in first, then I will go right in on my own. To help guide me into my crate without food simply guide me towards the opening of the crate with my leash and I’ll just go right in.
Roughly 30 mins after I eat my food my foster parents bring me outside so I can do my business. You see when I first arrived, I wasn’t so good as to remember I should do my business outside. Foster parents believe this is what they call “marking” my territory. This is another reason when I am out of my crate, they attach me to their hips so that they can catch me before I lift my leg. I am happy to report it didn’t take me long to understand to pee I need to go outside. I am happy to report it has been roughly 2 weeks I haven’t “marked” in the house.
While on our walks it is a good idea not to allow me to “mark” outside as well. My foster parents allow me to pee and once done if it appears as though I am about to “mark” my foster parents just keep walking so they do not give me the opportunity. They try not to give me water past 730 in hopes I empty my bladder before everyone goes to bed.
Car rides, well I just love them. Love them so much I like to go from the front of the car to the back of the car, over and over again. I also try to get up on the dash! ya like I could fit 🤦🏻♀. My foster parents have started putting a seatbelt on me or securing my leash in the door! This stops me from roaming and also, they can get a good hold of my leash before the door is opened.
When You welcome me into your family, it is suggested that I have my leash on for a minimum of 4 weeks, except for when I’m in my crate. Think of it as a direct line between us! This will help keep me safe, help us bond and help me learn the house rules.