- ID D211508
- Adoption Fee: $425
- Breed: Shepherd / Poodle (Standard) / Mixed (long coat)
- Gender: Female
- Coat Length: Long
- Current Weight: 50.0 lb.
- Estimated Birthdate: 11/2/2014
- Good with Dogs: No
- Good with Cats: No
- Good with Kids: Yes
- Older/Considerate Children Only: Yes
- Good with Adults: All
- Housetrained/Littertrained: Yes
- Obedience Trained: Has Basic Training
- Energy Level: Moderate
- Cratetrained: Yes
- Leashtrained: Yes
- Reaction to New People: Friendly
Lap pet, Affectionate, Intelligent, Good in Car, Enjoys Swimming, Likes Fetch, Plays with Toys
Loving and cuddly, Daphne is an adoring companion who enjoys keeping you company. When she isn't playing your shadow, she loves going on walks, getting belly rubs, and playing games. Daphne is very smart and a quick learner. She currently knows basic commands and I'm sure she would pick up so much more if you were interested in training her. Her energy level is quite mellow, but wouldn't hesitate to play a game of fetch or go on a walk. I have not been able to bring Daphne to a lake yet, but she sure does love to sit in a kiddie pool filled with water - so, it may be safe to assume she's a water dog. Daphne is potty trained and has not had any accidents indoors. She is crate trained but enjoys being left out to roam the house finding the best nap spots while you're away. She is not a chewer or "destroyer of home decor" in any way - but she will get into food if you leave it out for her taking; one time she ate an entire stick of butter because it was left on the kitchen counter to thaw - yikes!
Daphne loves company! She would really like a human companion (or companions) that can be home with her more than not. She is the kind of dog who gets excited when you enter the room; she'll probably even bring her toys to you to show you how grateful she is for your presence. Daphne does well with children, but toddler energy makes her a little nervous so she tends to avoid them. She also does well with new visitors in the home (hello potential new best friend!).
IMPORTANT: Daphne would do best in a home that has lots of space between houses and limited environmental activity. She gets upset seeing/hearing other dogs and strangers; barking is her main way of showing you she is upset. She has also nipped at dogs on the other side of the fence and lunged at other dogs while on a leashed walk. Daphne went though a 6 month behavioral training to address this behavior. We worked with pattern games, reducing environmental stimuli, enrichment, and counterconditioning in the yard and on walks; in addition to support from the veterinary side with behavior meds/supplements. She has come far in reducing the reactivity and anxiety she experiences when seeing other dogs, however the trainer concluded that - whether it's biological or previous territorial training - reducing her barking and lunging will rely on less exposure to constant aversive stimuli. This would provide Daphne with the environment to live her best life.
Daphne is an owner surrender. If you are interested in getting to know this animal better, please fill out an adoption application. An adoption application is the best way to show your interest in an animal and is not a binding contract.
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