Mandy Needs a Fresh Start
Mandy (Amanda) - 5 years old, fostered in New York
Dog ID#: 161021-P-B-VA
Arrived in foster: 9/15/16
Available for adoption: Now!
Mandy is around 3-4 years old and 45 pounds. We don’t know much about her before she came to PRO. We know she came from Virginia and suspect she lived in an outdoor kennel without much socialization to people and other dogs or exposure to typical everyday things. It is also likely that her natural disposition tends toward being more “soft” and sensitive than your average dog. For whatever reason, some dogs are born more introverted and shy than others, just like people widely vary in this way.
But none of that matters now, because the great folks at PRO are catching her up on all the things she missed out on in her earlier life. She has been in foster care for just over a year. That may seem like a long time, but she is learning quickly and making great progress. She has come lightyears from where she started.
She is happiest and most at ease when outside. She loves to sprint around the yard and patrol the yard for critters! She also loves walking and hiking and walks nicely on leash. Inside, she is housebroken and crate trained. She actually enjoys the safety of her crate, but is quickly learning to prefer the comforts of couches and queen-sized beds! She’s just the right size for cuddling, not too big and not too small. She is a wonderful companion and an easy dog to live with. She is exceptionally gentle and calm. She hasn’t learned any of the typical obedience commands, but she behaves perfectly without them. She takes treats nicely. She knows her name and comes when called. She doesn’t bark, counter surf, go through the garbage, or chew things she shouldn’t. She can be trusted to be left loose in the house when you aren’t there. She has shown no desire to escape our fenced yard.
She has benefitted greatly from the influence of living with other calm, well socialized, and well-trained dogs. She is currently living with a mellow seven-year-old dog (88 pounds) and a lively one-year-old dog (75 pounds). She generally prefers to do her own thing, but engages in short spurts of play with them. If she is to live with other dogs, she needs to be around dogs that aren’t pushy and respect her space. She might be a good match for a senior dog. She would be fine as an only dog, too.
She gets along fine with other dogs, cats, and people, but is shy and anxious when facing any new situations. She will need slow, controlled introductions to any of these things. She is a bit like a kid on the first day of school, reserved at first with her tail tucked, until she gains familiarity with new routines and surroundings. She is not at all aggressive towards humans or dogs, but when faced with a situation where she feels uncertain, she isn’t always sure how to behave, which can lead to displays of fear aggression. As time has gone on, this issue has disappeared and now is almost not worth mentioning, except that she may regress a bit at first in her new home until she has time to build trust and relax into her new surroundings.
For this reason, it would be best if her new household did not have very young children since their quick movements and loud voices will scare her. A calm household with only adults and/or older children would be best. She also benefits from having a predictable daily routine. She is currently taking daily medication, which is doing wonders in helping her adjust. It seems likely that once she has becomes adjusted to her new home (and in consultation with a veterinarian) she could be weaned off these in due time. She’s doing so well in fact that a casual observer would probably not notice anything unusual about Mandy’s behavior.
It takes her a while to come out of her shell, but once she warms up, she is super cute. When she is happy, she shows it with her constantly wagging tail and smiles. She truly enjoys being around people. If you work from home or can take her to work with you, she will be happy to supervise you as you go about your day. She is still a bit aloof about getting affection, but she gives sweet kisses and is not shy about asking to have her head and ears rubbed.
If given time and a calm, patient, and confident person to show her the way, Mandy will grow into being a wonderful companion. She’s already pretty great right now! She has come such a long way, but still has a ways to go until she is successfully socialized. She either needs someone who has experience with insecure dogs, or has a willingness to learn, and is 100% committed to continuing her socialization training.
Most importantly, she requires someone who will not dwell on her sad story and feel sorry for her as this will not help her to get better! Dogs have an incredible ability to live in the here and now. That is, if we let them. She won’t move beyond her fears if her owner keeps worrying about and speculating about what may have happened in her past. She needs a cheerleader to help her write the next chapter in her evolution. She has so much potential to become a confident and self-assured pointer. She just needs her new owner to continue to build her confidence by exposing her to new situations so her true self can shine through.
Please understand, this will take time and will require patience. It is a marathon, not a sprint. It may take longer than you think it should. Her progress may not move steadily in a straight and certain line. There will be good days and not so great days, but I promise you that she will repay your efforts many, many times over. As a bonus, you will be left with the reward of being able to witness a shy dog blossom into the dog she was always meant to be.
Please know that there are a number of volunteers and adopters within PRO who have a wealth of experience working with cases like Mandy. We will be with you every step of the way to answer questions, troubleshoot problems, and offer advice.
Mandy is microchipped, spayed, dewormed and up-to-date with vaccinations in addition to monthly flea/tick and heartworm preventative.
TRANSPORT AVAILABLE TO APPROVED HOMES! (generally within 1,500 miles)
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