Gender: Female, spayed
Age: about 5 yo
Weight: 5.5 lbs
Adoption donation: $400
Welcome Sydney to CCRT! Sydney was surrendered to CCRT from a shelter, where she arrived a stray. Therefore, Sydney is a woman of mystery as nothing is known about her life prior to arriving at the shelter.
Sydney has fear-based aggression toward humans and will bite if she is overwhelmed. She is more weary of and reactive with men than women, and she has more difficulty bonding with and trusting men. During this stressful time in her life, this is not an unexpected reaction. However, once she trusts you, she is relatively easy to handle. She will still growl and inhibit her bite in situations where she is unsure, even with the person she trusts.
She is working hard on her bathroom habits and eliminates outside approximately 90% of the time. Her furever family will require patience, understanding and continue Sydney’s training with regular bathroom breaks, walks and a consistent routine to ensure her success.
Sydney is dominant, sassy, bossy and playful with other dogs. She will bare teeth to other dogs if they approach her food. If this occurs, she responds well to a simple verbal correction. If she is unsure of an approaching dog, she will warn them with a growl. Due to Sydney’s dominant nature, she would not be a good fit with another dominant dog. She seems to prefer male dogs over female dogs and gets along well with the 3 small, male dogs in her foster home. Sydney has not been cat tested and has not yet met any large dogs.
Sydney is a world class snuggler and loves to give kisses. Tons and tons of kisses. However, due to her potential for biting if frightened, only children over 12 who will be respectful of her space, needs and comfort are recommended.
Sydney has proven herself to be quite the escape artist. She should be walked with a martingale collar or a slip lead until she is comfortable in her new environment. She easily escapes her harness and flat collar. Extra special attention is required with regard to any potential escape routes from the house or yard.
Sydney has separation anxiety when left alone or if her human is out of sight. She has improved in this area. Her ideal home should have someone home on a regular basis. If she is the only dog in her new home, her humans should not be away for more than 3 or 4 hours at a time. If she has a canine (small, submissive) companion, she can be left home 6 or 7 hours. Her ideal family should have experience with dogs so that they can help Sydney overcome her fear based issues.
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