Arly: GSP/Lab X
May 11, 2018
Arly is an 18-month old GSP/Lab mix. Apparently she was left tied up or in a backyard most of her first year, so she had little socialization. She is also a little more cautious around men and cowers to loud voices/noises or raising of a hand.
Here’s more information from her current caretaker:
- She is 55 lbs
- Her basic obedience has come a long way, and her recall is about 90% effective – she is food driven!
- She enjoys fetch for a limited amount of time
- She likes the water, but not fully swimming
- She has a strong prey drive for squirrels and birds
- She has been really good around our 1 year old
- She is very bad on-leash, needs lots of work
- She is crate trained (and sleeps in her crate)
- She has a sweet but intense disposition
- She is quite calm in the house (once she’s got her exercise)
- She craves to play with other large dogs (and often doesn’t know her own strength (and she’s vocal), and hasn’t yet picked up on cues from dogs that do not want to play).
- She would do best with another large dog around to play with and show her the ropes (not to mention a yard).
- She gets bored of “exciting” trail hikes and really needs play time (she loves going to daycare).
Behavioural issues: She can jump/lunge at people (in a playful way) – we’ve been working on this and making proper intros, but it’s still a work in progress.
Guarding: She will guard special toys and treats (like bones), with escalating growling and nipping.
Separation: She goes a bit crazy barking when you leave her, but that lasts for just a couple of minutes (and she is not destructive in the house) – but we’ve limited her alone time to a few hours at a time. She barks incessantly if left tied up (even for 2 min, within view, outside of a Starbucks, for example).
Nipping: She will often nip at bikers or runners ankles or forearms (once doing significant damage to me!) – she’s not quite herding, but it seems like she thinks this is a game – have not made much progress on this with a trainer.
If you’re interested in helping Arly, please contact Lichen at email@example.com or call 604-926-1842.