American Pit Bull Terrier / Mixed (short coat) : : Female (spayed) : : Young : : Medium
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Shelter evaluation -
Weight: 42.1 lb (still growing!)
Outgoing, People-Centered, Playful, Fractious, Timid (fearful), Willing to Work.
Per Previous Owner: Was received as a gift when she was a puppy. Good with other dogs; has never been around cats. Mostly housebroken, and crate-trained. Knows the command “sit”. VERY active, Bossy enjoys playing tug-of-war, riding in the car, and sleeping on the furniture. She’s friendly towards strangers (loves people!). “She’s very sweet and loves to play!” Given up because owner being evicted from her apartment.
Per Our Professional Dog Evaluator: In the kennel, Bossy comes forward in a calm and friendly manner. When eye contact is made, she turns her head and diverts her eyes. When spoken to, she stands quietly and looks at you. On the leash, Bossy jumps and pulls hard. She is difficult to walk on-leash, and will need some training in this area. Walking through the kennel, Bossy is fearful of the other dogs who are barking and lunging at her; out in the play yard, she is relaxed and friendly towards the other dogs. Off-lead, Bossy immediately comes over and solicits attention in a calm manner. When spoken to and stroked, she responded in a calm and friendly manner and solicited more attention. Bossy allowed her teeth to be examined without any difficulty. During her body-handling test, Bossy remained calm and relaxed throughout. Bossy exhibits a nice level of play, appears to train quickly, and already knows the command “sit”. When her food bowl was taken away, Bossy tried to continue eating, but did not show any signs of uneasiness or aggression. Bossy allowed a rawhide to be taken away without difficulty. When startled by a loud noise, Bossy cowered and took several minutes of continuous reassurance to return to a calm state. Because she is strong on the leash, lacks manners, and lacks confidence, it is recommended that Bossy not be placed in a home with children under 12 years of age.
“Bossy sure isn’t like her name!! She’s a sweet, loving girl who needs to build confidence. Since Bossy is treat-motivated, she’ll do well with positive reinforcement training. Rewarding desired behavior will go a very long way in teaching Bossy manners. Also, rewarding eye contact, introducing new things slowly, and making interactions positive will help Bossy to be comfortable. Using a body-harness will help her learn loose-leash walking too. She’s a real cutie!”
Bossy is new to Bully Paws!! More info coming soon..........
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