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.