(name, species, breed)
Lola is an adorable small GSD mix who was rescued in September 2019 from the streets of Tijuana, while tied to a post. Lola was fearful when she first arrived in a dog kennel for transport and was very scared. She didn't hesitate to try to bite, so we did what we always do when we have a dog who is scared and can be a fear biter. We gave her space and she came out on her own to explore, and after a few minutes slowly adjusted and trusted a couple of selected volunteers.
Lola was fostered in Mexico with her original rescuer for a long time until she was able to find a foster family who took her in on a foster-to-adopt trial. They knew this girl would need dog training because of her uncertainty with some people and dogs. The couple that took her were first time dog owners in a condo setting, who would need to walk her daily. They did sign her up to dog training classes, but as time progressed Lola became protective of them and they were not the right family for her. They were not able to control her on leash walks or when people would come to their home to visit. As a result, they only fostered her for 4-6 weeks. It has been about 6 months since that foster experience and for the past 4-6 months, she has been fostered in a home with a yard, one handler/foster, and several other cats and dogs.
We can say this about Lola:
1) Ideally she needs an experienced dog owner, who understands how to be the leader of the pack. Lola is a pretty great, easy dog, but NOT if she senses no leadership.
2) She is a young, healthy, and up-to-date on medical. She is almost 2 years of age and about 40 pounds.
3) She is crate trained, house trained, and rides well in the car.
4) DOG interaction: Lola does well with all puppies and all male dogs. She does well with female dogs, BUT if they are females like her with a potential dominant/alpha personality, there could be issues. In that case it may be a rough or slow introduction, instead of a “let's all be friends and play” type of interaction. It could be more of a "I will ignore you, but if you start something with me, I will also continue something.” In that case, there will be just a few dogs that she will not get along with, but for the most part she does very well with most dogs. If Lola is being naughty or planning on starting to be naughty, her handler/foster/owner will need to be observant during introductions so they can quickly stop things from escalating by verbally correcting her. When she is corrected and told to stop, she will immediately listen and will go do something else. This will only be for the first few hours of meeting another dog with a strong personality. After a day or two of being around that type of dog, she will ignore/forget the personality differences they had with each other. HOWEVER, when it comes to recourses like toys/treats, she can share when she is in the mood. But she will sometimes refuse to share with any dog personality/age/breed when it comes to toys/treats, so she needs to be supervised and corrected before anything gets started.
5) Lola loves cats and cats seem to love her! We mean INDOOR CATS, because she can have “prey drive” with birds, squirrels and cats in the yard. This is not severe, but she can chase them, which can turn into something else. A home with indoor/outdoor cats would NOT be well matched for this girl. Lola has many indoor feline friends from ARWOB, from kittens to senior cats. If the cats ignore her she ignores them, if the kittens try to play with her she loves it.
6) Lola is not a big barker and stays home alone very well, although it’s best if she is not aware that you have left the house, so her not hearing the car coming and going would be best. On a vocalization level, we would put Lola at 3 (with 10 being the highest). She can whine when left home alone, if she sees you leaving her. But if she is in her crate in the bedroom when you leave or in the yard for a short period of time, she could care less and does just fine. She is not a barker when in the yard or inside the home, UNLESS someone she is not “feeling” approaches. Sometimes people will walk their dogs near the front yard and she could care less about them. Sometimes the UPS driver will make a delivery and she will ignore this. But other times she will BARK and protect her property like any other BIG dog (i.e. German Shepherd protection). She can be easily corrected if you are there to call her back, but this could mean she could be a liability if left unsupervised in an area where different people come and go. Some people trigger her instinct to “protect her home.”
7) Lola does well on leash walks for the most part, with minimal pulling and dog reactivity. But on occasion, she will sometimes get on high alert and start pulling more than usual. She is easily corrected when she starts pulling and/or barking. This is where a knowledgeable adopter comes in and as long as they take the leader role and correct her when this happens, it can be corrected quickly. Her handler will need to be aware of their surroundings when taking her on walks to make sure nothing is out of control, so she can be immediately corrected.
8) Lola does not live with children now, but she did live with kids when she was in Baja, Mexico. She does see kids and has no problem with them.
9) Lola is an excellent exercise partner and a napping partner. She can do both like a pro!
10) An adopter for Lola will need to ENROLL her in dog training with a behaviorist for evaluation on DAY ONE before taking her home. They will need to make sure she does not revert to her old behavior from when she lived with her foster family in Mexico (i.e. over protective and spoiled). Behaviorists stress the importance of DAY ONE evaluation to get the family started on the right path. If an adopter has a behaviorist/trainer that they have worked with or have experience, that is great. However, we must stress that this needs to be BEHAVIOR training, not just general training commands like sit/stay/down. We are in no rush to move Lola since she is EASY PEASY for her current foster mom and does not demand anything, nor get into trouble in her foster home. Her foster mom finds she is an easy partner to have at home.
11) We are ideally looking for a foster-to-adopt trial for Lola of approximately 2-4weeks, before we finalize her adoption. We are happy to lend a crate, leash, etc. to get her started, but we will not cover the fees for dog training during the foster-to-adopt trial. The only thing we could approve is a weekend stay with Lola, so her potential adopter can get to know her a bit. Then the potential adopter would be able to decide if the foster-to-adopt trial would be feasible and if paying for training services is something they are willing to do.
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions about Lola. Thanks!
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