Ducky is an adorable, pint-sized bundle of fun. Her genetic makeup is a bit of a mystery, but I’m guessing she’s a mixture of smaller terriers (rat terrier, jack russell terrier, and/or boston terrier) with perhaps a little border collie. She may look big in her photos, but she weighs less than 25 pounds and is about 15” at the shoulder. Even though she looks like a puppy, the vet estimated her age at approximately 2 years old, so she’s one of those dogs with the perpetual puppy appearance. Unfortunately, she was the victim of an unprofessional ear cropping as a youngster, so only the bases of her ears remain. We can’t help but imagine her with wonderfully enormous ears, so it breaks our hearts that she was subjected to such an unnecessary procedure. Ducky doesn’t seem to notice that she’s missing the majority of her ears and has no issues allowing her face or ears to be handled.
Ducky loves few things more than hanging out and playing with her humans and wiggles her entire body whenever she sees a person (family, friend, or stranger!). She never learned that it was rude to jump when greeting, so we’re teaching her to keep all 4 paws on the floor if she wants attention or affection from people. Even though it’s obvious that some ill-informed decisions were made for Ducky, we don’t think her life was all bad before arriving as a stray at animal control. She enjoys going on walks and riding in the car, was already well-acquainted with the comforts of home, and is a professional at entertaining herself with chew bones or toys whenever her humans or canine playmates are unavailable. She’s tagged along on a few dog sports events and, even though she is still learning to settle in her crate where there are a lot of fun activities nearby, she was mostly unfazed by all of the sights and sounds (flapping shade clothes, clanging dumpsters, slamming doors, loud buzzers, etc.). She was a little fearful at the vet, especially with the stethoscope and injections, but she bounced back quickly and readily took treats from and gave kisses to the veterinarian and technician.
Ducky has been a joy to train because she’s such an eager student. She quickly caught on to the concept of clicker training and enthusiastically offers previously learned or new behaviors in order to earn treats or playtime. She is house-trained and crate-trained, knows some of the basics (sit, down, go-to-crate, and walking politely on leash), and is currently working on a few others (wait, come when called, and “leave it”). There’s a lot of trick training going on in her foster home, so she will soon know a lot of practical as well as silly tricks. Check out Ducky’s website (adoptducky.wordpress.com) for videos of her tricks!
Ducky really enjoys playing with toys and will entertain herself by romping around with a toy in her mouth or throwing it around to catch even if she has no one playing with her. In the few weeks that she’s been with us, she’s learned that it’s tons of fun to play fetch and that the game goes on for longer if she brings the ball all the way back to the human instead of running around by herself. She also loves to tug and we’re working on a dependable “drop it” command so that tugging can be used as a game or reward that starts and ends on the human’s terms, not Ducky’s.
Ducky has been tested in playgroups since she joined Helping Paws Rescue only a few weeks ago (during preparation for the Thanksgiving rush!), but she should be introduced to the Tiny Tots and Feisty Fidos playgroups soon. She currently lives in a multi-dog household and is slowly being integrated with her canine family. She prefers people since they are the source of her food, fun, and games, but also enjoys playing with her canine pals. She chases and wrestles with the 3 year old border collie mix (even though he outweighs her by more than 25 pounds!) and has convinced the 9 year old to play with her a few times. She quickly learned to stay out of the way of the 11 year old grumpy dog who wants nothing to do with her.
Ducky’s foster mom trains her personal pets for agility, tricks, and disc and thinks that Ducky has the potential to be a great sports dog. She is an athletic little girl, is very food motivated, likes to tug and play with toys, and is a very enthusiastic student. For these reasons, we would love to find her a sports home where she could live up to her potential and play agility, disc, rally, obedience, or any other fun games.