Marlee came to us after being surrendered to Animal Conrol by her owner’s son after he passed away. We don’t think she really ever left his house and yard and came to us not knowing much about the world and was very nervous and fearful of things. The fact that she is a high energy girl and was getting no exercise only added to that anxiety. We were told Marlee is 5 years old, but we don’t feel that she is that old, she is still very active and playful like a big puppy, 3 years old would likely be more accurate. Once we got Marlee into our care we also discovered a fairly severe issue with guarding her food bowl. We have been working with her on this and now we can stand beside her while she eats her kibble and spoon bit of wet food in. She is learning that people near her bowl means more and better food, not that it will be taken away from her. Her leash manners have gone from non existent to her walking quite well both on a long and short leash. She is a dog that requires a significant amount of exercise. She would be a great partner for someone who likes to run or bicycle. We have taught her to run alongside a bicycle and that is one of her very favourite things to do. She keeps her position at the side of the bike and keeps pace with you and stays focused on the task. She had no commands at all when she came, she now has a solid sit, good recall on the long training lead, will sit and wait for her food and wait till she is told she can have it. For a dog that came with no impulse control at all, that is a big accomplishment for her.
She doesn’t know much about other dogs yet, she wants to play with them, but has never learned how to introduce herself properly first and some dogs take offense, she needs to learn how to approach other dogs and say hello properly before launching into play mode.
Her confidence has increased considerably since coming to us, she used to be terrified of a car passing by even if it was 50 feet away, now she will stand happily while a car passes right past. She loves car rides.
She is crate trained and loves her crate, she will go there on her own if she is feeling insecure or unsure, she feels safe there. She loves to play tug of war with her rope toy, she will bring it to you for you to play with her. She’s not big on playing ball, but does also like to play wrestle with people.
Her house training is perfect, she has never had an accident indoors since we have had her in our care.
Marlee is choosy about the men she likes sometimes, but patience and treats wins her over and she is becoming less reactive over time as she gains confidence in herself. She hasn’t met a woman yet that she didn’t like right away. She has not been around kids that we know of, and given her issues around food that are still a work in progress, and her energy level, we will not place her in a home with young children.
Marlee has met some cats and has been good with the cats that were used to dogs and stood their ground, she was more scared of them, than they of her. We have encountered a cat on our walks though that darted across our path and she did want to give chase, but that is a normal dog reaction to anything that goes streaking past them.
Marlee is looking for a home with a single person or couple, preferably as an only dog, but could also go with another dog if they got along at a meet. She has shown no real aggression to other dogs, but will nose punch and nip at them, trying to get them to play with her and if they come towards her she does get nervous and will bark at them at first. She needs an owner with patience that will continue the work we have started on her food issues and continue to teach her how to properly socialize with other dogs. An active home is a must, she needs a significant amount of exercise, she would love to be someone’s running or biking partner, she has stamina to burn. Without proper exercise she does get anxious. A fenced yard is also a must for Marlee, her recall is great on the training leash, but she does like to follow her nose so we have not let her off leash. Marlee needs a patient, calm and positive approach to training, she will shut down quickly if you are harsh with her. She is both treat and toy motivated.
Marlee is on track to really becoming an amazing dog and has a lot of love to give to someone willing to spend some time with her and help her learn in a positive and encouraging way. She is a dog you can have a lot of fun with, she is a real clown once she gets to know you.