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Whitley is intelligent, active and confident.
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The CPR Adoption team
Date into Rescue: 02/21/2011, returned 07/2016
Reason for being in rescue: originally an owner surrender due to not receiving enough attention, but came back to us due to her resource guarding
Foster location: Dreamweaver Farms, Pacolet SC
Special Needs? yes - resource guards
Weight: est 54 lb
Height: est 22 in
Adoption Fee: $350.00
Fence needed? Yes
What kind of home would be best for me? An adult only home with an experienced owner. No children.
Update as of May 2017: Whitley loves people (both men and women). She is intelligent, confident, inquisitive and active. She loves to take walks and "explore" the world.
On leashed walks, she is so excited to be outside that she will pull on the leash at first. As a result, I generally let her run around the fenced yard to burn off some energy before putting a leash on her. After doing this, she walks well on the leash. However, she will pull if she sees something of interest.
Whitley was relinquished to CPR because she bit the owner and her adult son. The bite to the owner occurred when she tried to take away a piece of chicken from her. (It had bones in it, so the owner persisted, even though Whitley had growled and then showed teeth.) The bite to the son occurred when Whitley ran out an open door. He grabbed her by the hips to stop her, and she whirled around and bit him. (I do not know if this was a reflex reaction or intended bite.)
I have found that Whitley will "trade up." For example, she was was exploring a muddy area and didn't want to get out. So I asked if she wanted to take a walk. She loves to walk, so she left the mud. On another occasion, she got a hold of some cinnamon rolls. I approached her, and she growled at me. I respected this warning, and backed off. If I had been able to trade a "higher value items" (such as hamburger), she probably would have let me "trade up" for the rolls. However, I didn't have anything of value, so I let her have the rolls as they weren't anything "harmful." It's possible that Whitley will get over this guarding as she builds a trusting relationship with someone, but I can't tell you for sure if this will happen. Fortunately, I have always been able to either "trade up," or she had an item that wasn't an issue.
Because of her resource guarding and bite history, CPR requires that Whitley go to an experienced adult only home. (No children.)
Whitley is OK with some dogs. There was another dog in her previous home, and she regularly goes outside with several large dogs. She may be OK with other dogs in a new home, but I would be cautious about bringing her into a home with another dog due to her resource guarding history. (Resource guarding with multiple dogs present is something that's beyond my personal experience level, but many people have more knowledge and experience with this issue than I do.)
Whitley is very intelligent. Her previous owners taught her a long list of commands. She enjoys interacting with people, and will do well with someone who uses positive reinforcement training (treats/rewards and praise).
When she arrived at CPR, she reacted to mops and brooms by barking. I've worked on this with her, and she seems to have gotten over this - provided she is awake. If she is sleeping in her kennel, and someone wakes her up when cleaning, she will bark. (Maybe she just doesn't like being woken up!)
Whitley loves to run and play in the larger fenced field at CPR. When I ask if she wants to take a walk, she will run over to me. She loves adults, and will go up to men and women without hesitation. (I haven't tried her with kids, only because we haven't encountered any yet.)
I feel that Whitley is ready to find her forever home. She would do well in an adult only home that is knowledgeable about dogs.
Update/ as of August 2016:
Whitley is a gorgeous orange (apricot) Standard Poodle with white markings. She is active and curious. She loves people, and would do well with a confident, experienced owner who can spend time with her. She enjoys taking walks, but will pull a little on the the leash.
During a recent temperament test, Whitley was OK with dogs (large and small) and cats. However, we feel that she would do best as an only pet. She is an active dog, and reportedly harassed the other dog in her previous home. We feel she may harass a cat, as well. She needs a home where someone can work with her one-on-one. (Only pet, please!)
Whitley's food resource guarding seems have improved while in a controlled situation. I was able to give her treats while she was alongside six other dogs, and she was polite and patient the entire time. However, she was in an unfamiliar place, and on her best behavior. She still reacts strongly to mops and brooms. (We will work on this.)
When she feels threatened, she will give a clear warning signal by growling. For example, when someone approached from behind her to remove her from a muddy area outside, she growled to let the person know that she did not like them coming up behind her.
She is highly food motivated, and will "work" for food! She is leash trained, house trained, and knows many commands (sit, down, etc). She loves men and women. Due to her background and reactivity, we feel she should be in an adult only home. (No children!)
Whitley is OK with being groomed, and stands nicely on the grooming table. Our groomer said that Whitley has the best coat she's ever seen!
Update as of July 2016:
Whitley was adopted from CPR years ago and unfortunately has now returned due to some behavioral issues. Her family reported that Whitley has shown aggression when being asked to do something she didn't want to do and aggression over food. Since she has been with us here she has shown reactivity towards mops and brooms, and she does resource guard her food.
Due to her resource guarding issues we feel she would fit best in a home without children. Whitley needs a home with a dog savvy person, someone confident in their dog handling skills, because Ms. Whitley is going to push the envelope and see what she can and cannot get away with. Once she is made aware that that behavior is unacceptable and wasn't going to be tolerated, she behaves like the good dog we know she can be.
House trained? Dogs can be house trained if they are in the right environment and are allowed to follow a schedule as long as a physical reason doesn't keep them from being trained. A dog house trained in my home may not be in yours. We will help you teach your new dog this necessary skill and based on your schedule.
My age: estimated birth date 07/25/2008
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