DoB: May 14, 2014
HERDING INSTINCT: Unknown
ISSUES: not good with cats, uncomfortable around children & new situations, leash reactive around new dogs
This girl would be most comfortable in an ADULT ONLY home with a very regular routine.
Chloe likes attention, treats and toys. She sometimes does jump up for that attention but otherwise, is not overly demanding of it. She is good in her crate and non-destructive. Apparently, she liked the cat she used to live with but with our cat, it can be very difficult to break her focus off of him.
Chloe has a tendency to be rather territorial when new dogs come into her yard. She meets them stiffly and with hackles up. However, she does break off with a verbal intervention and then seems to ignore them. If they are outgoing & want to play, she likes them better faster and often willingly joins in the play wrestling games right away.
We do not have much occasion to go on leash walks out here so have yet to test her reactivity threshold to other dogs that she meets en route.
Chloe was owner surrendered in part because of a large change in the family dynamics. According to the owner, Chloe has always been sensitive to changes in the known routine and not adjusting well to the introduction of something new.
The most worrisome behaviour of recent note was the fact that the kids now live at home every other week. Just that change, although seemingly regular, was difficult for Chloe to adjust to. Even though she grew up with the kids, she would just get used to them not there and then they would be back and it was too much adjustment, too often. It ended up in her not allowing the youngest to leave the washroom at one point as she stood at the door and barked at him.
She has also nipped at the kids' hands when over excited, causing them to be worried when she comes near. As the owner also operated a children's daycare, the worry was getting to be too much. Alone with the owner, Chloe's only issue was the leash aggression on walks but the owner was managing that with wait-focus exercises.