Posted in 2012 Archive
Being fostered in Illinois..
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TEMPERAMENT & BEHAVIOR
Exposure to children? Yes
What ages were the children? 3-7
Describe the dog’s reaction to children: We don’t have children in the home. But Gwen has met numerous children out on her walks. She is excellent with them and begs for attention.
Good with other dogs? Yes
Comments about behavior with other dogs: We have another basset in the house and two chow mixes that visit frequently. Gwen is always a favorite! She makes friends with other dogs quickly and is always up to play around with them. She can get a bit grumpy if they try to take her toys or her dog bed.
Good with cats? Yes
Comments about behavior with cats: She completely ignores our three cats. So I’d say she is excellent with them! No barking, no growling…barely a second glance at them.
Good with birds, parrots, etc. Unknown
List type of pets, and comments about behavior with other pets We only have dogs and cats in the house–she is excellent with both! No other exposure to different types of animals.
Can climb stairs? Yes
Comments about stairs: She is an agile little girl, full of energy!
Pulls on a leash? No
Comments about pulling on a leash: Gwen is an excellent leash walker. Of course she can get interested in things and go off in her own direction, but she quickly comes back as soon as you tug the leash a little.
Food aggressive? Yes
Comments about food aggressiveness: Gwen should be fed in her crate or on her own. She gets grumpy when others take her food or food-toys (rawhides, etc). All food is her food as far as she is concerned.
Has allergies? No
Type of family life? Doesn’t care
Comments about family life: Gwen loves trotting along for walks and curling up to sleep. She stays off all furniture, unless you specifically ask her to “come up” (such a polite little girl). She would love to curl up next to you on the couch or share your bed. She is equally happy to sleep in a crate if you so desire. She needs easy and consistent yard access. She has trouble trusting that humans will take her outside for potty. She gets better as soon as she trusts you. This is not a dog that will wait 6 hours between walks/potty. She does best with short potty breaks every 3-4 hours. They don’t need to be very active, long walks. 5 minute potty breaks will do her fine.
List anything the dog is afraid of: We think she might have been kicked in her previous life. Even if you nudge her with your foot very, very gently, she shrieks.
Tell us about your foster basset: Gwendolyn is a cute little love bug looking for a home that is willing to work with her a little. She needs to earn your trust for potty issues, but will love you like there is no tomorrow. She has a lot of energy, but is also perfectly happy to lead a quiet life. She is always extremely happy to see you and other dogs.
She was a former breeder, and is likely going gray in her face due to poor nutrition and overbreeding.
Gwen is incredibly small. You cannot tell how small she is from her photos. She makes my other basset look like a giant! She is the size of a fat/big doxie or an extra large cat.
She is on once a month preventative heartworm medication (looks like a chewy treat). She will be spayed in January. Otherwise, she is in good health! Up to date on all shots.
She very rarely howls, but is not afraid to talk when she feels her needs are not being met. She does not bark when she hears people outside, when you arrive, or when you leave the house. She will only bark if she feels you confine her to another room and she can still hear you. She wants to be in the same room with you or at least in your vicinity at all times.
She is currently on a vegan kibble with fish oil supplements, but she will literally eat anything. She is extremely trainable with any type of treat. She’s definitely not a picky eater!