Pond is a 10-month old, 40 lb. spayed female mix in Columbia, SC.
Pond has had a very rough time of it in her short life and she needs someone that has the time and resources to help her become her best self.
Not much is known about her history. She was a stray, she has buckshot/pellet scarring around her chest and shoulders, she is terrified of strangers (particularly men) but getting better, and she is an absolutely sweet and loving girl who is ready to live life to the fullest.
She is the definition of high-energy. If you want a hiking or running buddy that can go all day and wants to go all day, this is your girl. She wants to play, and run, and play, and play some more. Typical of ACDs, she is very smart and a bit stubborn. She knows "sit" and "lay down" and has been working on commands such as "roll over" and "wait." She walks well in a collar, but the kicker is that she also knows how to slip out of a collar! In a harness she pulls, but I have been working on trying to reduce this. Oh, and did I mention that she's great with cats? Sometimes she wants them to play with her, but for the most part she ignores them.
She is sweet, and a bit goofy. With other dogs, I have not personally experienced aggression problems with her, and have introduced her to up to five dogs within a short time period (20 minutes) and had no issues. However, I would suggest that she feels safe and is slowly introduced to other dogs. Once she knows the other dogs, though, she absolutely loves to play with them. When we walk past other dogs on a leash, she has a tendency to *really* want to run up to them and say hello, so we are still working on sitting nicely when we see other dogs out and about. This has significantly improved in a short time period. Like I said, she's smart.
She also experiences separation anxiety, and would be best suited to a home where someone is home most of the time and with someone who can work with her more intensely on it. For her anxiety and fear reactivity, she is currently on trazadone and gabapentin, which has helped her make tremendous strides. She can now remain home for 6 hrs at a time by herself when medicated, but I hope she can find a place that truly has the time to help her so she doesn't have to be medicated every time someone leaves the house. When unmedicated, she tends to grow frantic in her crate and can bark for hours on end. If let out of the crate, she will have accidents all over the house and will become destructive. This is only when she is home alone unmedicated.
The separation anxiety is a large part of the reason I am trying to help her find a better situation. I work a 9-5 and simply do not have the time or resources to help her with the separation anxiety and the fear-based reactivity like she really needs (although I've been trying to do what I can, and she has improved very much since with the help of medication as a mediator).
As I mentioned earlier, she is fearful of men as well, and we are currently working on addressing this fear with a trainer. In public spaces she is fine, but in a household setting where she is confined, she can be very fearful and reactive of men. However, she gives PLENTY of warning when she is uncomfortable in a situation (tail tucked, panting, hackles up, and growling). She needs time and someone who can make her feel safe and secure. I have not been able to address this problem too much because I do not have men in my immediate household.
I got her out of a bad situation, and am now doing my best to re-home her to the perfect family that will give her the life she deserves. She has not been around small children, and given her fear-based reactivity, I do not recommend her to a household with small children. She is mostly housebroken (was not at all when I got her) and has since gotten to the point where I would say she's about 80-90% housebroken. She is crate-trained, but due to her anxiety, she will try to escape the crate when in an anxious fit and nobody is home, so if you leave her home alone in a crate, I suggest zip-tying it together.
I will require an experienced owner with vet references, character, and preferably training references. She is spayed, UTD on all vaccines, and currently has a flea/tick collar.
She is located in Columbia, SC, but I am willing to transport to the best of my ability, and instead of an adoption fee, I would like a donation to be made to ACDRA. I am more than happy to talk to any potential adopters, and would require adopters that are willing to talk with me at length about their situation, training methods, etc. Thank you for your time.
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