When Kara first came here, she was scared because everything was new. The main issue that we had to work through was coming through the service door into the garage, then through the kitchen door. These breeder dogs usually aren’t allowed in the house, so they have to learn how to walk through a door, go up and down stairs, what the new sounds are, and what was expected of her.
Her last foster brought her over with a 30-ft lead so I could make sure that I could get her into the house. After a week, I switched the lead to a 10-ft leash that she dragged outside because she was afraid to drag the long lead through the door. She would follow my dogs to the patio, then stop. I had to go to her in the yard and step on the leash or she would keep running in circles. Once I picked up the leash, she walked like a charm right into the house.
After a lot of treats and practice walking into the house, I could go into the house first while calling her name. She started following me into the kitchen for her treat, but was skittish with the leash dragging behind her. Finally, I could let her outside without a trailing leash on, and she now runs into the house on her own with my dogs.
Kara started running around the yard with my dogs while she dragged the 10-ft leash. Now that she doesn’t need it, she has started wrestling with the other dogs in the snow. She needs another dog to continue to follow and learn from.
She is a real sweetheart and loves attention! She is not afraid of new people and loves kids! Due to her size, Kara should go to a home with kids over 10 if there are kids. She plays rough and moves quickly, so she would easily knock a toddler over.
Now, my next challenge is getting her to get into the car, then start enjoying car rides. I have been feeding her 3 meals a day to help her gain weight and I can tell that she has gained weight since she came here so her ribs and hip bones aren’t sticking out anymore. I want to get her to the vet to use their scale. She has been spayed and is up to date on everything, so it won’t be a scary visit for her.
She is such a sweet dog and will make some family happy!