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Boxer (short coat) : : Female (not spayed, but will be before adoption) : : Adult : : Medium
In the four weeks that January (aka Frankie) has been with us, she has made great progress in learning how to “dog” and understanding that she is in a safe and loving place. As I write this, she is snoozing peacefully by my side on the couch; a privilege that was not possible in the first couple of weeks. After a strict two week shut down, we have slowly integrated her into our home along with our 9-year-old male Boxer mix (Braxton). January was initially very dominant in her behaviors towards Braxton but with careful, slow introduction, she has realized and now respects that Braxton just is not very playful. Medical Update: January is scheduled for spay and tail docking/repair on March 8, and will need to remain in her foster home until at least a week after the procedures. Stability, structure and trust are big factors for this girl She has put on some much-needed weight We have started her on the second round of treatments for whipworms Her skin has improved with the elimination of chicken from her diet Other highlights in her journey: January has adjusted well to a daily routine. The crate continues to be a place that January likes to go for rest and to enjoy high value treats like bones and kongs with frozen goodies inside Leash walking has started to improve, with Braxton always being the one to lead our walks and January wearing a “Gentle Leader” She LOVES DIY treat toys; plastic water or juice bottles with lids that we put dog food in. These keep her occupied for quite some time! Also, utilizing a “maze” dish has helped with her urgency in eating. She has actually become comfortable enough to leave a few pebbles in the dish to go play with the food toy, and was not concerned when Braxton finished the pebbles for her! What kind of home will January need? January will require a home with structure, consistency and patience. At this time, we are working with her on name recognition, and basic commands such as come, stay and down. While these basic skills are not necessary a requirement for all dogs, January’s strength and need for reassurance make this obedience vital for her success. She will also need a home that is willing to take on the commitment of slow introductions to other animals, dogs in particular, as she displays very alpha behaviors in meeting other dogs. It is also important that her family helps her when meeting new people; she has done very well in meeting humans when prepared, calm and controlled. While she seems to be good with children in general, she is not ready to live in a home with small children due to her strength and demanding nature.
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