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; Ivy has never shown any aggression towards children, but has fear-based aggression toward adults that she does not know. She has lived with children in the past and was wonderful with them, but because she has such a distrust of strangers she would need a controlled environment where neighborhood children and friends were not visiting the home just in case she misunderstood their intentions. She really does need a home with someone that lives a relaxed, loving and secluded lifestyle. Ivy has taken her distrust of strangers to the point where she has in fact bitten people who were not introduced to her in the way that we have found works best. She has been adopted and returned before because she just would not warm up to certain family members that had not been introduced to her by us, and although her new parents loved her, they could not trust her not to react towards there adult son and friends. For this reason Ivy needs to be in a fully predictable environment, where she feels safe with adults that know how to help her through this. Once you get to know this girl, it is extremely difficult to picture her being anything but the intelligent, gentle little angle dancing about in front of you and we would love a home for her where she can be herself at all times without having to feel that she is on guard.
; She is wholeheartedly trusting and playful with those that she knows, but each new introduction needs to be done during a planned walk with respect , and her potential for fear based restrictiveness in mind, until she learns to trust. She is a fantastic, loving and eager to please dog, but shows this only to people that she has decided were safe. She would prefer at this point in her young life not to live in a bustling city environment, or to have house cleaners and pool boys stopping by. She would be
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