Margo is really great with cats, she plays appropriately with them (low to no contact games) and accepts their affection with little complaint. She has done well with calm, patient, non-reactive dogs with a couple of weeks of transition period. If dogs react negatively to her, even just to tell her "hey, knock it off", she will over-react and escalate that situation. She has been fostered with 2 dogs much larger than her who learned quickly to just ignore her when she's being provocative and that has worked out really well for her. After 3 months they are now good buddies. She also does better with dogs that don't try to play with her.
Margo does well meeting new people off leash but is leash reactive with new men and dogs. This can make walking her in high traffic areas a little challenging, though she does respond to redirection with treats. She likes most women right off the bat. She adores people in general and would love a home where she is allowed to sleep in bed with her humans. If there are kids in Margo's new home they should be teens. Margo cannot go to a home with young children or planning for future children.
Her indoor behavior is very good. She has never had a potty accident in the house, even when she had to be on steroids and needed to urinate more frequently. She can be crated if needed. She chewed up a couple of things when she first arrived in her foster home but has not been destructive since. She has a special blanket she knows she's allowed to chew on, and once she is settled in somewhere, she has a lot of fun with toys. (In a new environment she should not have toys, when her anxiety is already high they seem to cause her to overstimulate easily.) She does have separation anxiety but that has improved a great deal with time and the help of an inexpensive medication that she should continue post-adoption. She was never destructive when left alone but very vocal. She is still likely too vocal for an apartment, she will sing a sad song for you when you leave her and she will bark out the window at people and dogs on the street.
Margo can and will try to jump a 4 ft fence if left in one unsupervised. She does not seem to know how to climb chain-link and a 6 ft fence would definitely contain her.
Margo is a good girl who bonds very hard to her people and will be a very loyal friend. You can always tell she is trying her very best to be a good girl for you. Due to her insecurities she really needs a truly "forever" home. That home should be experienced with dogs and be willing to do some re-direction and stay on top of her behaviorally. She has already come a long way since she arrived with RCHS and will be a really great dog for the right person. If you think that person may be you, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Margo is available for adoption in late June but can be fostered to adopt sooner. She is finishing up treatment for heartworms.
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