A home with dog experience is preferred as she does need an adopter who is willing to continue with her training.
Comments from her foster mom:
While Sally had been terribly mistreated in her past before coming to COPR from a shelter in Chicago, when she trusts, she is a different girl. Always wanting to be with her human. She likes to sleep with me and she loves to be wherever I am. Sadly, it has gotten her stepped on a few times. She will lash out if she feels cornered, so slow and easy is the key for her.
She has such a sweet side to her, she will make someone an awesome pet....she just needs love and patience.
We advise an exercise pen (she will need to be led into the exercise pen on a leash) if she needs to be contained while you are away. She does not like crates & she will "steal" things off of your coffee table to play with, she loves her toys. She didn't seem to know what toys were when she first came to me. She is very playful, but we haven't got the play together and fetch thing going yet though, but she will entertain herself with the toys.
Sally has learned to let me bathe her, towel dry her, & she waits for her feet to be dried off when she comes in from outside. She has started letting me "clean" her face (eyes) off with a wash rag & has learned to enjoy being brushed. Usually when I’m brushing my other dogs, she will line up for her turn.
Her biggest issue is probably in the picking up area. It's not so much the picking up as when you set her down. She will react quickly to protect herself. We don't know what might have caused this, but she doesn't like the being put down part. I have learned to lay her down on her side on the couch, floor, or bed and then she does fine.
She will let her me hold her & cuddle with her & even lets me sneak a kiss in now and then.
She needs soft, patient correction and an even voice and temperament when working with her. For some reason she has a terrible reaction to the word "NO", so I tell her uh-uh instead or use verbal sounds like "mouth clicks" to get her attention.
It took her over a month before she would even wag her tail. Now her tail wags constantly.
She absolutely LOVES my foster, Reed. She is constantly "grooming" him. Cleaning around his eyes and such.
Sally is learning so much and has come such a long way with me in a very short amount of time. She just needs someone with patience and a lot of love to show her the way. Another dog would be great so she has a companion and would love a yard to run & lay in. She runs like the wind and has just about caught the squirrels....they like to tease her when she misses.
She thinks she should drive also, loves to go places with you. I have taken her to Lowes a few times to get her out and about and she does well. A little cautious about others, but friendly to them.
While Sally is doing very well with potty training, but there are still the occasional accidents. If I leave her in her exercise pen, she holds it & 99% of the time she will use the potty pads but once in awhile she "misses". I normally am only gone for about 4 hrs. before I come home and let her out to potty. She has done very well with this schedule. If I know I may be gone longer, I will put her in her pen.....much to her displeasure as she likes to be with everyone else, but she manages to hold out or use the pads if left there.
UPDATE from Sally's foster mom - Dec., 2016:
Sally has learned to do the toss and play with me. Just has to be done a little differently. I toss the toy in the air for her, she loves this game. Sally will learn, it just seems alien to her. She really has become a good girl.
In foster care in Indianapolis, IN.
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