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Princess Cookie

Miniature Schnauzer

 
Small  |  Female

Madera, CA

Please contact Andrea (msandrearobinson@gmail.com) for more information about this pet.

Crazy looking, affectionate, and lively dog

Princess jumps for joy when she sees her favorite person! She is adorable, lively, quick, and affectionate. She loves attention and curls up beautifully. She'd love to sleep in your bed, but she's crate trained and can sleep there, too.
Her entire snout is skewed to her left, while her jaw remains straight, making her lower canine teeth stick up on one side. We don't know what caused this, but if you like weirdly-cute dogs, this might be the one for you.

Princess was adopted by a well-meaning family back in 2013, but the little boy was rambunctious and handled her like a rag doll. He didn't understand "dog language" and his mother had a serious disability and couldn't keep up with him. He carried Princess upside down, grabbed her frequently, squeezed her, and generally tormented her. After giving him repeated warnings, she finally bit him. This went on for many months before the mother finally told me about it.

When I first met Princess, the biting had elevated and she was suspicious of almost everyone in the family -- except the mother. Princess was also hostile to visitors. The mother did not have funds for dog training, and I thought that Princess was living in extreme frustration and was biting out of self-defense, so I took her temporarily.
I didn't mean to keep her for long. I promised the boy I would keep her for 10 days, since he screamed and advocated for her when he learned that mother was giving her away. ("I don't CARE if she bites me!! I LOVE her!!") My plan was to just return her to the dog shelter, but the way he clutched her and refused to give her to me broke my heart.

Since I've had her, she has gotten nicer and nicer and nicer. At first, I had her at my own home, and I have no kids. I let her stay outside in the kennel/dog house area, and gave her lots of room so she would know that I had no intention of hurting her. I didn't even try to touch her for the first few days. On the third day, she sprang up high into the air when she saw me coming with the food. That's when I knew that she had no intention of hurting me, either. She just wanted to be safe.
I started crate training her and moved her into the house. She had been traumatized by being shoved into a tiny crate at her previous place, so I left the back door open so she could relieve herself outside at any time, and took the crate training very slow. She was one of the hardest dogs to crate train because of her prior experience, but now she goes into a crate very cheerfully and even stops to let me put on or remove her leash on the way in and out.
Princess was suspicious of my adult roommate and tried to bite him in the behind the first time she met him (but only got the seat of his pants). I asked my roommate to simply give her a few treats, and she quickly decided that she loved him. Within a few days, she took to jumping up to greet him and also jumping into his lap when he was seated at his desk! It's actually amazing how dogs rehabilitate themselves when you simply stop hurting them.

Over time, it became obvious that there was nothing wrong with this dog except that she needed some training and socialization. The main thing she needed to learn was that not all people are mean and most people will not hurt her. It could be a challenge, and would take patience, but there's no more rewarding work, in my view.

After awhile, I moved away from my previous home and moved in with some relatives to help care for my dad. I took Princess with me, even though I know that I can't keep her here for long. There are two young children in my relatives' home, and at first I had to be really careful in introducing Princess to them (especially the boy). Princess now showers them with kisses and practically licks them to death. She jumps up on them, soliciting attention, and they love it. She plays with them, makes them laugh, and they confide in her. Given her history, I won't let them play tug-of-war with her or anything that might get her aroused enough to forget herself. (But I can play tug-of-war with her and do, often.)
I still think that she will always need to be supervised around young children, but these two adore her and she loves them, too.
Princess is an example of what can happen when there is a mismatch between the adopter and the dog. Schnauzers are feisty and love one person passionately. 'They are described as spirited, fearless, obedient, alert, friendly, and intelligent. Princess loves chasing squirrels, lizards, and gophers, which makes her a big hit for gardening enthusiasts like my brother. She seems to prefer females to males. Her favorite life would be with an older female who would love to take her on walks, be her special person, and introduce her to other people (even children) who will be nice to her. She loves to play with other dogs, but it could be tricky finding a good match for her, as she can be domineering to nice dogs. She has one playmate that is perfect for her because he is balanced -- not interested in pack leadership, but not terribly frightened and submissive, either.
Her approximate birth date is 10/18/2012, so she is over a year and a half old. She had her one and only rabies shot on 2/18/2013, along with all her other dog shots, so I am planning to take her to the low-cost clinic to get her caught up. She’s spayed. She appears to be ready for sports, as her energy and enthusiasm are high, but does require more training such as a really good recall. She responds very well and enthusiastically to rewards-based training, especially when treats are the reward. She adores dog toys and loves to chase a ball!
She learned to let me vacuum without barking and knows the cue "quiet": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbX9274bMZA&feature=youtu.be
Since she's been in foster care, her true nature has really come out. She was terrified of dog crates, children, getting picked up, new people, and other dogs. She would react with aggression when confronted with frightening things. We discovered that once she gets to know you, she is loyal and loves you to pieces forever.

She is housebroken but needs you to open the door and offer her a chance to go out, as she doesn’t know how to tell you.
If you believe in second chances, you might just love what this dog has to offer. The overall impression that I have of Princess is that once she decides she loves you, it's for life.

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