|This dog came into RAGOM from a commercial breeder and has not been adequately socialized to humans. RAGOM requires that any adoptive homes contain a physical fence (due to the risk of escape); another fairly confident medium to large sized dog to role model from (everything is new and scary for them); no children under 10 years old in the home (normal kid behavior scares these dogs). Our goal is to find the forever family for these dogs and our experience leads us to use these criteria.
Hi everybody, this is Nikki. She arrived with 28 other dogs from the breeding facility. We are her 3rd foster family in a week and I would have to say she is doing quite well for going through all of that. I had her to the vet today and she is just shy of 40 pounds and is estimated to be 5 months old. She still has some of her puppy teeth. Her vet said she is in good health and will make a fine pet. We are working on scheduling her spay surgery and after that she will be available for adoption.
For the most part Nikki is like most puppies of this age but does exhibit some PM traits. She is skittish around humans unless you are close to the ground. She does not like to go through doorways without a dog friend guide, and stairs are not her favorite things. If we are sitting or kneeling on the ground she comes right up to us for love and she will let you do anything to her once she has relaxed around you.
Nikki loves the dogs here and will need a home with a fenced yard, another confident large breed dog and no small children. She loves to romp and play with our other foster dog Kota 10-274 and he is like a big brother to her. He can be dog aggressive but she seems to bring out another side of him. He is also still a puppy at 22 months old and you can see in the photos that they love to play.
Nikki is a puppy and her adoptive home will need to be aware of all of the negatives with having a puppy. Chewing on inappropriate items, not always making it outside to go to the bathroom and needing a lot of exercise are just a few.
If you feel you are up for the challenge that owning a puppy brings let you placement advisor know.