|Barked: Sat Aug 17, '13 7:01pm PST |
|Thanks for the advice and congrats!
I didn't have the trainer evaluate her before adopting since I was trying to decided between two trainers and didn't choose her until after I already adopted Skipper. Even though that probably would have been the best choice to have her evaluated first before adopting, I felt confident in my pick this time because I had been looking at all the dogs at this smaller (less than 30 dogs at a time) no kill shelter for a few months, asked them a bunch of questions throughout that time about whatever dog I'd see (they are actually very honest with you about the dogs & if they don't feel it's a good fit they tell you), etc. I definitely didn't choose her for looks, even though she is super pretty with her Merle coloring & blue eyes but I was definitely looking for personality and potential first. I spent several hours there that day looking at the dogs and interacting with them and she was actually the last dog I looked at that day and was about to give up until another day because I wasn't finding anything that I felt had the right personality.
She seems to have nerves of steal so far and hopefully that continues. I have taken her to public places that pets are allowed since in Idaho owner-trained SDiT don't have public access rights. I took her to Sportsman Warehouse, Petsmart, and a Grocery Store (that one was only inside the doors where the carts are kept since we're not allowed fully inside). But she wasn't fazed by the carts, automatic doors, intercom announcements, etc. She listened to my commands and only tried to sniff merchandise once before I corrected her and she didn't do it again. And while in the grocery store she just laid by my side even though people were coming in and out grabbing shopping carts right by her. She seems to have a lot of potential and I thinking working with this trainer will be even better.
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