Fredonia is a 10-12 week old German Shepherd/Australian Shepherd/lab who, along with two other puppies, at least one a litter mate, were wandering and homeless on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in South Dakota. A Good Samaritan took the puppies in and fed them until he could transfer them to PUP to find permanent, loving, indoor homes. Fredonia was well cared for in her first foster home and had lots of socializing with adults, children and other dogs. She is in good health and is highly social and outgoing. She currently weighs about 18# and we believe she will weigh 55-60# as an adult, but that is best guess and she could be a bit larger or smaller than we predict. She is doing a good job of learning house breaking and if she is taken out regularly she does her business outside. She goes to the door and paws if she needs to go out. In her two weeks in her current foster home she has not had a single poop accident in the house. For a puppy she walks well on a leash. She currently lives with her two siblings, two adult dogs and 6 tiny puppies, so she is having lots of fun and opportunity to learn how to play appropriately. She seems to get along well with everyone, puppies, doggies and people alike. One of the photos shows her napping with a tiny puppy. You have heard of a man’s man? Well, this is a puppies puppy. She loves to be hugged and cuddled, but she is also full of mischief. If she hasn’t gotten into it yet, she will. Beware the shoelace attack. After she has done something naughty she gets a sorry look that only a lab or a basset hound can get.
Fredonia is off to a great start. The rest will be up to her adopter. The first 4 months are when puppy learns the social skills needed to be a skilled dog in dealing with other dogs and a good citizen in the human world. Her adopter should be committed to getting puppy into lots of new and different human social situations, hearing vacuums, trucks, and rattling garbage cans, meeting people who are clapping, laughing, with hats, tools, bikes and skate boards. AND puppy needs many opportunities to meet and greet dogs of all shapes, sizes and dispositions. Just sharing a home with another dog is not as much doggie socializing as puppy needs. If good canine social skills are not learned and maintained during these early months, it will be very difficult to ever master them. Puppy play dates, trips to the pet store, puppy socialization classes and later, obedience classes and trips to the off leash park are ideal learning opportunities. If all this doggie time and involvement seems like a good idea, you are up for a puppy! As always, a tired dog is a good dog.
Fredonia has been vet checked, bathed, wormed and had her first vaccinations. She will need two more routine vaccinations plus rabies vaccination at the owner’s expense. Her adoption fee of $325 includes the cost of her required spay if it is done by the PUP vet. PUP does place dogs outside the metro area but a firm plan must be in place for her spay. We do not ship.
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