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Santana is a super playful dog with a zest for life. This girl loves to play with toys and go on long walks, and she's whip-smart, too.
In addition to all of Santana's wonderful natural qualities, she has been working hard to be a dog you can take anywhere with pride. Santana has been working on her Canine Good Citizen skills, and has passed the tests to be CGC-ready, should you want to take the official test. To pass the American Kennel Club's CGC test (and be considered CGC-ready by APA), a dog must demonstrate obedience and general reliability in real world situations. An APA CGC-ready dog knows sit and down, walks nicely on leash, will sit calmly when you are approached by strangers or another dog, won't approach people or dogs without permission, stays in sit or down until told "free," and comes when called. This training is very connected to your dog's relationship with you, so APA will work with you to help you establish this relationship and keep the training going. CGC-ready dogs can even take the official AKC test through APA! Check out a video about CGC: http://player.vimeo.com/video/89434193
On a recent sleepover with a volunteer, Santana was awesome in the home. She rode great in the car, had no accidents inside, was friendly to everyone she met, and relished being able to cuddle on the couch. This lady loves to roll onto her back for belly rubs and isn't stingy when it comes to handing out kisses. She can't wait to meet you! Come see her today!
It should be noted that Santana has tested positive for heartworms. It's a treatable condition, and the cost is covered by APA! donors! You can read about heartworm treatment here: http://www.austinpetsalive.org/heartworms/
Keep in mind that APA's behavioral team will be available to provide free ongoing assistance to an adopter, so that we can all continue to bring out the best in Santana. When you adopt a dog from APA, you are saving not one, but two lives - the life of the dog you're bringing into your home, and the next dog APA can save in the adopted dog's place.