Feature Dog ~Wreath Chatterdust

Age Sex Breed Weight
~ 20 Month Old Female Husky Mix 50 lbs

Need to know…
Working on leash training. She is Mandatory Training to build her confidence but don’t let that scare you. She would do best in a quiet neighbourhood.

Vet Details

No Cats Requires very slow introductions Doesn’t live with


Greetings., my name is Wreath Chatterdust.
I’d like to tell you a bit about myself and hope that you may consider me to become a member of your pack. If you want a dog who loves walks in the snow, I am the one for you! If you want to sleep all night, I am the one that will let you! If you like walking on the trails in the woods, I would be the one who would love to explore with you.
I am an approximately a twenty-month-old spayed female Husky mix, weighing 50 pounds. I met a wonderful veterinarian who gave me my vaccinations and a microchip.
I am a happy, sensitive, adventurous dog and still very much a young dog. I love to be with you, and when I am outside, I joyfully frolic in the snow and leap all over the place. I will jump towards you asking you to join me in the fun with the snow. I am a bit shy and I am cautious about fast unpredictable movements that can easily startle me and make me feel unsure. I react with barking to make someone think I am confident and then they will go away. I am always watching my surroundings when outside mostly in hopes of a squirrel or bird. I will need an active person who loves the outdoors and is dog savvy to build my confidence. Because of my insecurities I will bark at strange people and other dogs in my sight lines. It is very important that you redirect me, being in this state of mind is something I want to change so I can go anywhere and not feel nervous.
I am not very good on my leash. Please make sure you hold the leash securely. I am strong and I do pull, especially when I am distracted by squirrels and birds. I need to learn to ignore these distractions. My fosters keep the leash short if I am excited and if I pull too hard.
When I know I am going for a walk or I think you should take me for a walk, I will rush to the window and the door and hurry back to you hoping that you got the hint of what I meant. I will dash out the door, so my fosters have me sit and wait at the door before we leave the house until they tell me it’s ok to exit or enter through a doorway. I am still learning so you will have to practice with me. They also keep my leash on at all times when I’m not in my crate so that should I forget and take an opportunity to run out an open door someone can step on my trailing leash.
My fosters have started working with me in areas that have less distractions. If something catches my attention they will quickly turn and go in the opposite direction. As I learn not to react to these distractions, they praise my success and gradually take me to areas where distractions are present but at a distance. You will have to be patient and committed to working on this with me on a daily basis. I will need gradual exposure to positive situations and different experiences to gain confidence. Balanced Professional Training is the best way to approach this and will be a mandatory condition of my adoption to ensure I get the best chance at success.
It will help me learn my leash skills and in order to build up my confidence, have me learn new things that I can achieve like how to sit and lie down. Just hearing praise of how well I have done makes me feel proud. It is always fun to go to classes and I need an experienced coach who will help me be the best dog I can be. I would prefer to live in a quiet neighbourhood versus the hustle and bustle of downtown city life.
While I am learning to meet dogs, it is always important to take the time to do proper introductions so I don’t feel overwhelmed or threatened. At first, we go for a walk together maintaining social distancing which is ten feet or more, so I get used to the male dog who lives in the home and he gets used to me. We do this for a few days. I see him while one of us is in the crate until my foster feels comfortable that there will not be a negative interaction. Then we are both on leashes in the house while we get more comfortable. I like the dog in this foster home. I walk well and side by side with him when we go on our walks.
I am an intelligent dog and learn quickly. I am learning to play with toys and will carry some around with me in the house and in the backyard. I will take treats very gently from your hand. I do know the word sit but I don’t always do it. It will be important and fun to keep teaching me.
At the beginning it is important for you to let me decompress in my crate and not to provide any attention to me. I should be in the crate for two hours and out of it for one hour which will help me get used to my new surroundings from my safe space and at the beginning always hold the leash in the house as well as going outside in the backyard holding the leash. I am quite calm in the house and love to sit by your feet. I am quite content to walk around the house with you holding my leash during the day. I do get very excited and bark a lot if I see people or dogs through the window walking by the front yard. My foster tells me to stop and she holds my leash as we go into another room, so I redirect my attention away from what I was barking at.
When it is time for me to go into the crate, I will need you to hold the leash and lead me to my crate, so I know to go into it. At first you may have to encourage me by guiding me in by the leash. Once I am in, I will wait patiently for you to take off the leash. I have a nice soft blanket in there and a bone to chew on. I like my crate partially covered when I am occupying it. I sleep nicely all night with out a sound. I stay in there when my fosters are out of the home and it is also important that I go in my crate when my fosters are home as well, so I do not associate their leaving with me going in my crate every time they go out the door. If they are busy in the house, it’s a perfect time for me to just chill in my crate. I eat my breakfast and dinner in a metal bowl in my crate which enforces that it’s my special place.
I am good at leaving my crate to go outside with my foster holding my leash. I will wait in my crate until you have attached my leash so we can go outside or walk around the house. My fosters always go outside with me and I enjoy taking them all over the backyard. You must hold the leash tightly because when I see a squirrel, I want to chase it. I am also trying to find the chipmunks that live here. I have figured out where they hibernate. I love to dig in the snow and create large holes. It is so much fun, but I need to be stopped doing this and be redirected away from the activity. I have enjoyed being outside with my fosters while they have a bonfire.
I am very good at going to the washroom outside and have not had an accident in the house or in the crate. My fosters take me outside on a regular basis to go to the washroom and I indicate when I need to go out to go to the washroom by standing at the door and looking at my foster then looking outside.
I love car rides and will jump right in for a fun adventure with you. I usually travel with my foster family and they will hold my leash and sit in the back seat with me. If it is just me and my foster driving, the leash is put in the door to hold it, or there is a crate for me to travel in.
I will be a wonderful companion to adults of all ages. I do not live with children in this foster home and I think that their boisterous play may be a bit intense for me as I believe I would be better off in a more calm and serene environment. I cannot live with a cat and will be seeking a cat free lifestyle.
When you adopt me, it is imperative that I be on a leash both inside, outside and in the car for the first four weeks to ensure my safety and that I bond with you. Using my leash in this manner will help in initial training, teach me boundaries and the rules of your home. It is very important that you do not give me any attention for the first 30 days together. This is in my best interest so I can learn to be independent, confident and not develop separation anxiety. This means “No talk, no touch, and no attention”.


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!


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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