Daisie came into our lives when her life turned upside down, and we were happy to have a spot for her. Daisie arrived a little stressed and unsure, which translated into an easily excitable dog, which meant there were lots and lots of walks that first day helping her burn some of that excitement off. And after a few days she and Tabby got to hang out a little, although Tabby was not so sure about a new dog . . .
Thankfully Daisie was a good walker, and a quick learner. She knew the basics (although her recall seemed to require some negotiation), and what she needed most was time and understanding as she found her way.
Daisie was not perfect but she was pretty close, house trained, pretty good on the leash, trustworthy in the house and social with other dogs. We did have to work on her interest in the cats but calling her name and giving her treats when she caught sight of one reminded her it was more fun NOT to chase. She also was a bit of a jumper when she got excited, and a demand barking so helping her remember that she was going to get more attention when she was sitting or standing with four on the floor helped. The demand barking . . . well, dogs are allowed to get excited when it was time for a walk right?
But poor Daisie lived with a dog trainer so we did have to work on some skills, we practiced sitting to be leashed, we practiced sitting and waiting for her food dish, we practiced check-ins and look backs and lots and lots of recall work. After she settled in I took her a few places to practice meeting people politely and see how she did with her dog/dog introductions. I prepped for the long-haul and as fate would have it not even two weeks in I received an application for her. A nice family with two kids, and a dog savvy cat. I was not sure how Daisie did with kids but agreed to a home visit with her, and as the kids came out of the house I saw her get far more wiggly and excited to see them then she ever was to see me. She clearly enjoyed the meet and greet and I was thrilled when they asked if they could take her on trial placement.
Daisie has been with them for two days now and so far so good. Peppertree Rescue who I foster for places dogs on a two week trial so dogs get a chance to settle into a home and show their true personality. We still have some time and she is still settling and getting to know them, and they are getting to know her, but I am hopeful for her that she may have found her forever home.