Gracie is a 1 y/o spayed female Pointer/Hound mix. She is medium size and weighs 38 pounds. Gracie was rescued from a southern shelter. She loves people and adores children. She is particularly drawn to men. She’s been learning about living in a home and is working on leash manners. She is housetrained, but as with many dogs may need some review when settling into her forever home.
Gracie has very good manners. She is not food or treat aggressive nor is she a resource guarder (you can take a treat or toy from her without complaint). She is very intelligent and learns quickly. She loves cuddle time on the couch during the evening. She currently sleeps quietly in her crate, but would be delighted to share a bed if invited. She is a very clean, attractive dog.
Gracie doesn’t care for other dogs. Many shelter dogs develop a behavior called “dog reactivity”. This is a behavior that asserts that the best defense in a good offense. Because she fears them, Gracie is quick to bark and lunge at strange dogs, especially those larger than her. Over time, and with attention this behavior can be modified however it is unlikely that Gracie will ever be a good candidate for dog parks or play dates with other dogs. Work with a trainer that understands this behavior would help her to overcome the problem. We feel that Gracie would be happiest in an only dog home.
We’d like to see Gracie with a dog knowledgeable owner. She is well started on training and house manners however it will be an on-going project. She needs attention, affection and time. The best kind of owner for Gracie will be someone that can continue her training and devote consistent daily time for exercise, activity and engagement. Continued obedience or any type of one-on-one training would be ideal for her active, intelligent mind. She’d love to go on long active daily walks, runs or hikes and the exertion would be ideal for her high energy level.
Gracie crates well, however she isn’t a dog that will endure long crating every day. She needs exercise and activity to keep her mind occupied. Gracie can climb chain link so will require either other fencing or a hot wire to keep her away from chain link. When left to her own devices for too long, Gracie digs and barks, and is therefore not a good candidate for long unsupervised outdoor turnout. In the house, her only foible is destuffing. She will happily destuff any soft toy if given the chance. She loves to chase balls or toys but is still working on consistent retrieval, and loves playing tug. She knows sit, down, leave it, wait and is working on stay.
Gracie is a people dog and she wants to please. She is a work in progress, not a perfect pet so please apply only if you want a rescued dog that needs you and to which you are willing to commit daily time, training and activity.. She loves to ride in the car or in a golf cart and would be an ideal companion for someone that wants a dog to travel or drive with. She is quiet, calm and clean in the car. She has great possibilities for a therapy dog as she adores all people and is very gentle.
Gracie is healthy, spayed, up-to-date on vaccines and receiving heartworm preventative. She would love to be home for the holidays. She is currently in South Carolina, transport is available for the right placement, particularly if her adopter will split the drive. Please be prepared to tell us what plans you have for this sweet, smart, active girl.