Children are Heidi’s preferred humans but she is still pretty scared of all people. The smaller ones are easier for her to trust and she has been around the full age range of kids. She currently lives with two male dogs who are 3 and 8 years old and these guys are her buddies – her pack mentality shows through as she enjoys being with them as much as possible. Each day she learns how to be a puppy and plays a little bit more :) Due to her shyness, Heidi needs structured introductions and would not be a great dog park dog, at least not yet. At this point, she doesn’t let anyone pet her unless she is in her kennel and has no other option. She hasn’t shown aggression or anything, she’s just still very fearful.
Despite Heidi’s developing confidence, vacuums don’t scare her at all! For the most part, Heidi is laid back and ever still pretty reserved at her most excited points. Play sessions with other dogs are the best form of exercise for her right now, but once she gets used to the leash and realizes that people are friendly, walks would be good for her too. Overall, Heidi is a very independent woman who doesn’t need physical affection but still wants to be part of the pack and spend time in the same room as the rest of the family.
Heidi may think she is part cat… she absolutely LOVES laser pointers! She is still learning housebreaking and often makes mistakes. Of course, at 4 months old, that’s to be expected! In saying that, she will bark to let you know once she has done her business on a potty pad, to tell you that you need to get rid of it! She keeps her crate clean through the night as well.
Heidi still has some work to do but she has come a long ways since her first day in her foster home. From shaking in the corner and bolting as soon as someone walked by, to actually letting people pass without much notice, she is slowly but surely building her confidence. With some more time, TLC and patience, Heidi will fit right in with her forever family. Check back in a few weeks for an update on Heidi!
To ensure our dogs are placed in a safe environment, we require a home visit for all adoptions. Because of this, we typically only adopt to homes within 30 minutes of Athens, GA. If you are further away than that and are interested in one of our pups, please still fill out an application and we can discuss your options. Please understand that you would be responsible for all transportation - meeting the dog, picking the dog up to start a trial, returning the dog should he/she not be a good fit, etc. Please visit our website for more info. (www.athenscaninerescue.com)
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