Age: Approximate DOB 11/18/14
Breed: Labrador Retriever
Weight: 60 pounds
Dog friendly: Yes
Cat friendly: No
Kid friendly: Yes
House trained: Yes
Crate trained: Yes
Energy level: Average
History: Came to rescue pregnant and injured
Adoption Fee: $300
From the Foster:
Hi! I’m Akoya, or just Koya as my foster family calls me.
I’m told that I’m a total sweetie once you get to know me. I do get a little nervous when I meet new people and this can cause me to become reactive (barking/growling), so upon first glance, I may not seem like the sweet girl that I am, but once you get to know me you’ll fall in love for sure! I love to lay on the couch with my foster family, watch the squirrels, and chew on rawhides. I’m a great sleeper and currently sleep at the end of my foster mom’s bed.
My foster mom tells me that I’m not the easiest to walk, that’s because I like to pull a bit, and will become reactive if I see another dog. The gentle leader helps with this, and I usually do a bit better if you have time to prepare me first, (having me sit, and saying command “with me”) but if there’s multiple doggies approaching, it’s usually best to cross the street. I will lunge towards dogs, and appear intimidating to other walkers.
I seem to be good with submissive dogs who are smaller then me, and it’s usually best to introduce me when I’m off the leash. My foster family thinks I am mixed with husky, so that explains why I like to be the alpha dog!
I am very protective of my foster family, and the house that we live in. If anyone comes to the house or approaches someone in my family, my first instinct is always to protect them. This means that I’m usually not very nice to strangers (especially men), and it just takes me a little while to be comfortable when a guest is in my house. I’m working really hard on this and making progress every day.
I’m 100% potty trained, and am very good at letting you know when I need to go out. It’s been said that I’m crate trained, but my foster family has given me free roam (with no issues) so we’re not quite sure about that. I’m a dog that likes structure and I definitely need someone who will act as a leader for me. I’m a dog that aims to please, I just need set rules. Oh, and I should mention that I’m super smart and know tons of commands!
I’m told that I’m a dog that had a rough start to life, whatever that means, but apparently this is why I have the issues that I have. I need someone patient to help me be successful in my forever home. Could that be you?
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