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Joan is a one year old pit bull terrier mix who was found running around an apartment complex where she had been abandoned by her owner. She was fearful of being indoors, people approaching her, and loud noises. After weeks of patience and consistent socialization, Joan finally started improving. As her foster mother, I was able to gain her trust and watch her start opening up. When she feels safe and secure, her personality begins shining through and it is then that you’re able to see how affectionate, playful, and loving she is. Joan is curious, entertaining, and loves to roll over in your lap for belly rubs. Though she likes other dogs and enjoys playing with them, she would be most successful as the only dog in her household. She has a history of resource guarding from other dogs, which can be managed and reduced over time with training, but until then she will need to be an only dog in her home. Though the beginning of her life was not what she deserved, her strength and resilience have allowed her to love and trust people again. Joan is still shy at first and may drop to her belly when approached, but becomes less fearful when you move slowly and use a soft voice. Being patient with Joan is beyond rewarding because all she wants to do is give you her love.
Joan will require some potty training, but considering that at one time she did have a home, it is likely she will pick it up fairly quickly. Joan is also very alert and food motivated which makes training her both fun and successful. She has begun crate training and is taking to it very well. She likes eating her meals and lying down with her favorite toys in her kennel. She enjoys toys designed for “power chewers”: Kongs, Nylabones, and Goughnuts. We don’t know how she does with cats as we’ve never tested her, nor do we know how she interacts with children. Considering her energy level, its recommended that if she goes go to a home with children, they are at least 10 years or older. Joan will make a wonderful addition to a family who is looking for a young, energetic, and loving dog.
If you have any questions, you can contact Joan’s foster parent at 208-570-4163. If you are interested in meeting Joan, please ask about her at the customer service desk in the kennel hallway!