Tiny is a 2 year old female dog that weighs about 40 pounds. She is spayed and is up to date on all her vaccines. She has no known health conditions and is not on a special diet.
We adopted Tiny at about 4 months old after being in a foster home since she was 6 weeks old. Tiny was found with her mother and her sister wandering in the desert. They were all rescued together and Tiny was weaned so she went into a foster home.
She is amazing with people and dogs. We had our first child and while Tiny was very comfortable with the baby when she was immobile, she became more nervous as our daughter started to crawl. She is often around our toddler niece and there are no issues.
Tiny nipped at our 9 month old daughter who was crawling towards her on the couch. The nip did not break the skin. We supervise and monitor them at all times. Tiny is still often very sweet and loving with our daughter especially when we are holding our daughter, she is in her crib, or high chair. Tiny seems to become the most nervous when our daughter is crawling towards her.
We sought the help of a pet behaviorist, and she provided us with training and exercise recommendations which are listed below. We have been advised that we need to be realistic with our ability to follow through on the recommendations to ensure safe interactions with our daughter and to have a happy Tiny. After much soul searching we believe the right decision is to re-home Tiny to a family that is able to commit to the exercise and training requirements.
More information about Tiny:
- Tiny loves to run and play but also loves to snuggle and cuddle with you! She likes long walks, hikes, running at the dog park and in the backyard, and chewing on her toys and
- She is great with other dogs, especially dogs who are similar in size and love to play as As she can be fearful/anxious, she may get nervous when first meeting new dogs but this typically changes as they get more comfortable with each other – she has several doggie friends that she plays well with in our home and theirs. She has no previous interaction with cats.
- She is potty-trained.
- She knows some basic commands – “sit”, “shake”, “lay down”, “ok” (release), “go to your mat”, “kennel”, (we are still working on “wait”, “leave it” and “off”)
- She loves to be in bed with her humans/sit on the couch and furniture but is currently learning to sleep in her bed or on the floor next to you and lay on her mats rather than the furniture – Introducing boundaries has really helped keep Tiny more relaxed and happy!
- She loves treats and human food! She often does not eat her food in the morning but will eventually eat her breakfast and dinner closer to the evening/nighttime. She is currently being switched from grain-free dog food to food with grains (Costco regular adult dog dry food).
- When you leave the house, you can put her in her We often throw a treat in there with her as well. She may cry a bit at first, but she is very calm and happy in her kennel! Her kennel is also a great place for her to go if she gets overly excited or nervous… she quickly relaxes and knows she is in a safe place.
- At our home, she knows she can “knock” on the back door to let us know she wants to go outside… this doesn’t always mean she needs to go potty but sometimes that she just wants to play.
She is the most sweet and loving dog and we are so lucky to have her in our lives and just want her to have the happiest life she deserves.
Information from Pet Behaviorist:
Tiny should be walked off property, in different locations at least two times per day, until she is tired (that is, she goes home and sleeps). Novel experiences that could be provided with different routes will require Tiny to use mental activity to process the new sights, sounds, and smells. Such engagement will tire her out even more and the corresponding saying “A tired dog is a good dog” is very Dogs, like people, benefit from mental stimulation/enrichment.
- To provide Tiny a comfortable place to be close to you without being on the furniture, get a couple of dog beds for
- Enroll in a Pet Obedience Class to get better control of
Work to earn: Dogs need structure in their living arrangement and Tiny is no exception. You need to impose this structure humanely in order to achieve a manageable life situation. Tiny can continue to have the same amount of attention and affection she has been receiving. However, she needs to work for them. Tiny must perform something that you ask of her before she gets any attention. She needs to learn to look to you for direction, and to follow your instructions.
Boundary exercises: Follow the exercises that are on the handout without force. The goal is to remind your dog that she needs to listen to you and respect you. She must be in no position to demand attention from you. It is very important that you always start and end play sessions. Stop the play BEFORE she is ready, so that you are in charge of the game. Control the food and the attention you lavish on her. There are many resources available for Tiny that you want to give to her. She needs to learn to ask politely for them.
Fear/Anxiety Induced Aggression: Tiny has some inordinate fearful tendencies about new, uncertain situations.
Commands for Tiny to practice: “Stay”, “Wait”, “Touch”, “Leave it”, “Watch Me”, “Come”
Call Layne 602-430-6619 or Don 602-403-0478
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