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Dallas

Labrador Retriever

7 Years 2 Months 3 Weeks

Dog

Female Spayed

Dallas is a good girl who has had a difficult life. She will need a patient paw-rent who is willing to put in lots of time to make her feel safe and happy. Dallas would benefit from being in a home with another calm dog who can help her gain confidence. Dallas is currently in foster care and will be available for meet and greets with her foster parent Sunday February 17 from 12:00pm-2:00pm and Tuesday February 19 from 3:00-5:00 at the Edmonton Humane Society.

EXPERIENCED OWNER REQUIRED
AGE RESTRICTION

History:
-Owner surrender
-Undersocialized and has strong flight response when fearful of new things
-High levels of fear and anxiety
-Very fearful of loud noises
-Lack of appetite, movement when placed in novel scenarios
-Reported to be food motivated and likes squeaky tennis balls
-Reported to go to dog parks
-Reported to be tolerant of cats but growls at pushy interactions from cats
-Reported to be crate trained
-Reported to chew nails

Behaviour Observed in Shelter:
-High levels of fear, trembling when handled
-High levels of anxiety in novel environments
-Placed on anti anxiety medication
-Attention seeking with familiar handlers after multiple introductions
-Tolerant but mostly avoidant of other dogs. Intolerant of pushy interactions, if significant difference in play styles/energy levels between resident dogs then meet and greet is advised
-Possible resource guarding from other dogs

Behaviour Observed in Foster:
-Hesitance in novel scenarios, slow to acclimate and approach people
-Tolerant of resident dogs
-Limited house training

Recommendations:
-Dedication to ongoing training and managing environment to best suit her behavioural needs
-Understanding of undersocialized and fearful dogs
-Continued socialization and medication to help address anxiety and fear
-Multiple controlled introductions to novel items, people, grooming, and veterinary settings
-Regulate resource, monitor interactions with other dogs to ensure she is not overwhelmed
-Establish house training routine by frequently taking outside and capturing and rewarding appropriate elimination

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