Maggie is a total package type of dog. Completely house trained, knows what furniture she is and isn't allowed on, absolutely no accidents, can go a full workday left out at home, good on walks with minimal pulling, loves to play fetch and tug, has all her basic commands on lock, and is totally fine sleeping wherever you tell her too - but if it is in your bed she would be delighted. She is incredibly smart, almost too smart, and can learn just about anything you can figure out how to train her to do.
If you watch the amazing video her previous foster made, you can see how she is the perfect summer adventure dog, and she makes a fantastic snuggler for those sit in front of the tv nights. And in the winter, she loves wearing sweaters to keep her nearly hairless belly warm from the snow. She lets you know when she wants to play by bringing her preferred toy to you and pestering you until you play with her. And when she wants to go outside or back inside, she will gently tap the door with her paw and if you don't hear her, a single bark.
Maggie is quick to like new people, but once she opens up after a couple weeks and gets really comfortable with you, you might even get a few kisses along with a very wiggly dog whenever you come home.
Now you might be asking, if Maggie is the whole package, why is she still up for adoption? Well Maggie has a couple of quirks that means that she needs a very special family to give her a perfect forever home.
Maggie is dog reactive. She will lunge, bark, or growl on walks when she sees other dogs. She is decently strong, so make sure whoever is walking her is sturdy enough to do so. Training has been improving this, but at her best, Maggie will still need VERY slow introductions to new dogs, and may only get along with a very certain type of personality of dog. My best bet would be a chill male who isn't going to try to be the boss, but won't get steamrolled by Maggie's dominant type personality.
Maggie is what I call an "alert dog." Meaning, she will excitedly bark or growl when she hears the doorbell, knocking, or a car door slamming, or when she can see people outside in or near her yard. She will also bark if she hears similar sounds from the tv or radio. Once that person comes inside, she is instantly all wiggles and just wants to sniff the new person and get pet. This means that she likely would not be a good dog for a home with shared walls, or your neighbors might be a bit annoyed by her version of telling you someone is coming to visit.
Maggie has a very high prey drive, so she needs to not live with any kitties or other small critters. Even if the small critters stay in their cages, I'm afraid that if she has access to seeing them in there, she will try to force her way in. She will also try to run after squirrels and bunnies on walks, but we are working on that impulse control with training too.
Lastly, Maggie needs to be in a home with no small children and no small children coming in the future. Small kids make Maggie nervous. This is likely due to unpredictable noises and movement, and kids not being able to read her reactions to things. Small kid visitors would be okay as long as someone is watching to make sure she doesn't get overwhelmed, and that she is given a safe space away from the excitement where she will be left alone to chill. If there are going to be children living in the home, 10 years and older would be best.
Thank you for reading though this essay of a bio for Miss Maggles. Feel free to send in an application if you have any questions on Maggie, and good luck finding your new best friend!