My name is Violet (#3172). I am a young female golden, working to overcome my fearfulness of the world. In the few weeks since I’ve been in my foster home, I have made great strides in gaining confidence to meet new people and explore my surroundings. I have also become progressively more playful and seek out affection. When frightened, my response is to sit or lay down in place.
I would do best in a home with at least one other dog to help model behaviors and to help me continue to overcome my fears. I should be in a home with no children under the age of 12 because loud noises and sudden, unpredicted movements don’t work well for me.
My new adoptive home will need to be patient with me as I become accustomed to new experiences. It is important that I not be forced to socialize or go on walks. I have relatively low activity needs. I am open to meeting most dogs and made a playmate in an older miniature Schnauzer. We take long walks, play and explore with each other. I am mildly interested in cats that have come by my foster home, but I have no interest whatsoever in squirrel or bunnies. Food is the center of my universe right now and I have a puzzle bowl to slow down my eating speed. Despite this, I have shown no signs of food-guarding issues.
I had one accident my first week in the house and none since; however, my foster family takes me out on a regular basis to ensure that I have the opportunity to go. They have begun leaving me two to four hours at a time in my crate during the day and at night I either sleep on my bed in the master bedroom or in my crate (the crate door is left open for me).
I can be hesitant on walks – but when I’m on a walk I do fairly well at staying close, don’t
pull on the leash, and have been practicing heeling and stopping and waiting at corners. I will need to have continued training on walking and also on my sit and stay commands, as well as learning to come more consistently when called. (I’m always best when treats are involved!)
I need help getting into the car and am okay riding but drool excessively if I don’t have close contact with someone while in the car. I’m okay jumping out of the car on my own. Another dog in the home would help me with all of these skills.
Not much is known about my history, except that I had at least one litter, which is unusual at my young age. Both of my front elbows are scarred, with hair missing. They were both raw when I arrived and the vet mentioned that I had been working on the spots for a long time and may have been rubbing them on some kind of rough container. They are healing nicely but the hair will most likely not grow back. Other than an initial eye and ear infection, I am in excellent health and my teeth are in good shape.
My foster family wants me to tell you this: “Violet is a love, a sweet dog. Its been so wonderful to watch her experience new things.”
I would like to experience life with you if you’re interested in me.
Violet was adopted on August 4, 2019