This darling girl is a 2 year old American pitbull terrier mix. She has had a very stressful life so far. This girl was found last year during a storm sitting with her deceased puppies. She was found and taken to a shelter where she waited for help. A foster came along and took her and her only remaining puppy in to try and help them. She nursed her pup to health and was worked by her foster tirelessly to be socialized with other dogs the best she could. Sophie had very bad reactivity on a leash toward other dogs and her foster pleaded with the shelter to help her fix the behavior as she did not have the experience needed to help her fully. Finally the shelter agreed to take Sophie back in and have their dog trainer work with her. She went into another foster home where she took obedience classes that were required in order to attend the shelters public events and passed them all. That foster got Sophie into a program called tug dogs and she spent a month there undergoing training working on her reactions toward other dogs on leash in the facility. Something happened when she returned to the fosters home though, for reasons that were not her doing she was kenneled for long periods of time and started to act out as a result. This caused the foster to dump her at the shelter once more. Again the shelter pleaded for help, for a foster to take her on and she had a date this time. Her shelter time and kennel experience made her backtrack in all her progress and that frightened adopters and fosters. She needed out! Her first foster stepped up once more and took her in and Kate’s backed her to help ensure this girl gets her happy ending.
This poor girl has been bounced from home to shelter, been with the shelter almost a year and has not had the best of experiences in life. She is fearful, and thus reactive to other dogs behind fences, on leashes or in kennels. She is tense around some dogs but is easily redirected on walks, she still needs some work but already her foster mom has her comfortable with one of her foster brothers. We would say this girl needs an experienced owner with either no other dogs or a calm energy, submissive playmate that will not intimidate her. She will need time to relearn that dogs are not going to attack her, and she needs understanding from her people. Once settled with some general training she falls right into line. She is fixed, housebroken, and UTD. If you are interested in knowing more about Sophie please email us @ happydance @ katesrescue.org with her name as the header.
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