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Diane is housetrained, knows basic commands, and is getting the hang of loose leash walking. She has some delightfully polite manners and is eager to please—she sits to say please (and has an adorable down when she *really* wants something!), is pretty good at waiting at doors, and is really good at learning what she can and can’t chew. It takes some time to earn her trust, but once she gets comfortable, her playful and curious side comes out. She loves a good game of tug and is obsessed with her stuffies and squeaky toys. She’s gaining confidence and learning to enjoy being with people a little more each day.
She is about 5.5 years old and we believe she had a rough prior life before being adopted earlier this year: it seems that she was used at an informal breeding operation, and then let loose. We don’t think that she had received any care from humans or had had anything resembling a normal life with a family. As a result of this lack of socialization, lots of things out in the world are still new to her, and that unfortunately means she can be frightened by many things—especially other dogs, people, and startling noises. She is not yet fully crate trained and has separation anxiety, so needs more coaching to be comfortable being left home alone.
Diane’s current owners have been working with her for the past several months, alongside a trainer and animal behaviorist, on basic training and on desensitization and counterconditioning to her triggers. She is making lots of progress, but it is clear that living in an apartment on a fairly busy street in Oakland is making her continually stressed out, and is keeping her from learning new coping skills. When she went on vacation to a house in the country she was much more comfortable. She is currently on medication (sertraline/Zoloft) to manager her generalized anxiety, and is showing progress on it.
Diane will best thrive in a quiet living environment with people who can nurture her and continue her training. Diane’s ideal home is on a quiet street with a private, enclosed outdoor space where she can get exercise away from other dogs and triggers, and can go potty without being picked up. At this time, she needs to be the only pet (no other dogs or cats), but it’s possible she could become comfortable with a different situation over time. And we think she will do best with one person or a couple who can keep working with her on skill- and confidence-building.
Diane wins fans wherever she goes; a trainer who worked with her has offered to give 50% off a first consultation to a family who wants to bring Diane into their home.