Dog ID: 19-011
Surrender Date: 3/7/2019
Adoption Fee: $400, plus applicable tax
Age: 1 year
Energy Level: Medium
Interactions with dogs: Good
Interactions with kids: Good
Interactions with cats: Unknown
Medical or Behavior Challenge Notes:
July 21, 2019:
Bailey celebrated her one-year birthday this week. We treated her to a car ride and kiddie cone at the drive thru plus some new toys. She is recovering nicely from her spay surgery but we have a few more days before the stitches come out. She has been trying her hardest to be calm, not jump or run or surf the counters. But that’s a hard thing to do being a one-year old full of energy and curiosity. She has been doing great leaving her stitches alone with just her doggie onesie on and hasn’t needed the cone on her head.
We are continuing her training and our “games” give her mind something to focus on. She will happily go in the crate now when we play our training game. She even lets me close the door while she continues to eat treats with no signs of stress. We haven’t gone beyond that yet. Bailey is able to stay on her own in the laundry room at night and while we are away. This was a necessity as she was starting to chew inappropriate things, like the walls. We’ve also started laundry room breaks during meal preparation to avoid counter surfing temptations.
June 15, 2019:
Bailey is making excellent progress. Through training and starting on fluoxetine, she is gaining confidence in new situations. She loves to ride in the car and especially loves to run around in the grassy fields by our house. It’s calm and quiet enough for her to relax and enjoy being a dog.
Walks in our neighborhood are still too much for her. We are currently working on building her confidence at new places. We are also trying to do crate training as she’s developed some bad habits when she is bored and home alone.
At her check up in late April, she got a clean bill of health. However, we were just there this week and they confirmed an ear infection in both ears. That was a bummer. But the great news is that she did really great while she was at the vet and even confidently walked in back with them. This was a huge step because a month ago she was nervous with her tail tucked and ears flat when she had to go in back.
She is also working on how to fit more than one toy in her mouth at a time. Silly Bailey!
April 18, 2019:
Bailey has made great progress since her first few days with us. She has come out of her shy shell and is feeling much more comfortable in her environment. She loves to play, wrestle with the resident Golden, “play” basketball with the kids, and work on frozen Kongs and chews. She is such a sweetheart. Bailey wants to be wherever people are. She is a great office mate and lays down or entertains herself with toys during the day while I work from home. She is high energy in the afternoon and evening and then settles down for a snuggle and snooze at bedtime.
In true puppy form, she likes to steal dish towels, socks and shoes. So far it only seems that she wants to chew off the tags or shoelace tips. She also likes to jump up to the kitchen counter which we are working to discourage. She is expert at “sit” and we are working on “down” and “stay.”
She still startles at unfamiliar sights, sounds and experiences, but we are working with a trainer to help her gain confidence with many things. She has come a long way already. When she came to GRROW, she would stay frozen in place when a leash was attached to her collar. Now she knows the leash means fun things are coming...a walk in the backyard, a trip to play with Golden friends, and car rides to pick up the kids. We will be going to the vet in a week for a check up now that she is able to walk on leash.
Walks around the block are hit or miss. Sometimes her tail wags and she enjoys the adventure. Other times a garage door opens at a neighbor’s house or another typical sight frightens her. Having her Golden buddy along helps give her security and we continue to work on building walks as a positive experience. I think Bailey would do best in a home with another confident dog to play with and learn from. She will also need a family that will build trust and have patience as they help Bailey learn to navigate new things.
March 13, 2019:
Bailey is new to her foster home. It took her several days to adjust, but she is starting to feel more comfortable. She enjoys playing fetch in the snow and wrestling with the resident Golden. The kids are also making her feel more confident but the new sites, sounds and experiences can still be scary for her. We look forward to seeing how Bailey does as she acclimates.