I can think of nothing happier than an equally happy dog sprawled on grass. That’s Dolly, an adult (about 2 yrs old) lab mix, and she’s come a long way.
When she first arrived at the shelter, she was SO shy that it seemed almost impossible to get her out of her shell. I’ll give you one example: when I tried to put a leash on her for the first time (after socializing with her and giving her lots of treats) she completely freaked out, very much like a scared horse, and did not go near me for a while. I apologized profusely, put the leash away, and kept giving her treats (though it took a while for her to trust eating them out of my hand again), and eventually, she forgave me and let me scratch her ears. I wasn’t sure if she’d be able to walk with a leash, or trust volunteers to that extent, but fast forward three or so weeks later (I was out sick), one of the first dogs I walked was Dolly.
All I can say is, WOW. She was wearing a special harness, and she had no problems with me putting it on her. She also had no problems walking around and even seemed pleased that we were going out. I stopped at a bench, and she sat as though expecting treats, and then I petted her. Eventually she got so comfortable, she laid down for a bellyrub and didn’t get up for a very long time.
Then we went on our merry way and I decided to test her training on the grass. She sat very nicely, responded well to my hand gestures, and was fairly calm. I started to rub her ears and moved to her ribs and she took that as a sign that she should lean on me and enjoy the sun!
Dolly would be an excellent dog to train, as she’s food motivated, and she would be great as a second dog, especially if her canine sibling ends up being a male. Also, having another dog around will certainly boost her confidence and she absolutely loves other dogs. So if you are looking for another dog who needs a more permanent playmate (other than the dogs at dog park or your neighbor’s dog), she would be a perfect choice.
So that’s Dolly– won’t you give her a chance after all she’s been through? She can be found at Kennel 35. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below.