Riley is a 3.5 year old, 25 lb. spayed female in Atascadero, CA.
With a heavy heart, I need to rehome sweet Riley. She will thrive as an only pet in an adult-only home with a fenced yard. She enjoys tug of war, chasing, and being chased by other dogs and takes treats next to other dogs without food aggression, but no pet or human siblings please.
She’s a cutie pie, attended two different doggie daycares, but at times does not want to share her person or toys at home. Once she’s switched to “I don’t want to share” mode, she exhibits resource guarding, snapping at my other dog who will then sit across the room to avoid her though he wants to be near me. She usually gives up items for a treat but take care if she has it under her body. In this mode, she also dislikes being touched. Otherwise, she will flop and show you her belly, I can manipulate her paws. Her prior owner bathed and cuddled her, and Riley slept with her human, so the problem behaviors are not her baseline. She needs a setting where she’ll be her relaxed self and my other dog can fully relax again too. It’s important to note that she accidentally broke the skin of a friend’s hand when my friend bent down to throw a toy that Riley had gone over to pick up with her mouth. The fact that she broke the skin likely resulted from the condition of my 77-year-old friend’s skin. It was not aggressive.
With me (since May 3), she has shown some resource guarding type behavior toward my other dog and sometimes me. She has snapped at him if he goes for a toy she wants and will collect a few toys by her that she's keeping from him. when she gets in this mode, she'd also not want me to take the toys (esp. if she's put her body over it). Sometimes she chews bones right by me and it's clear she does not want my dog to come near us. He wants to play catch with me, but will sit across the room to avoid Riley. When this happens, she also does not love being touched. Mostly, it seems like she does not want to share and needs to be an only dog. The two dogs do play well together at other times, walk fine next to each other except for once when they both got activated by a man and dog standing in the street. Take treats next to each other fine.
Riley was an underweight stray. Adopted by a college woman, Riley was anxious in busy apartment life including nipping a stranger. Quieter home life with us seemed to do the trick, until ‘sharing’ problems emerged. She’s so cute and active, likes car rides (but barks), good on leash, adorably sits at intersections, and might be a good distance walk/run/hike pal. She’s easily run 5 miles with me so far. She would provide a solo runner security and companionship. She’s housetrained, settles herself well, investigates the yard, lays in the sun, uses a doggie door, crate trained, knows standard commands as well as spin right, spin left, touch, look, and others. A picky eater, she takes treats gently & loves carrots and romaine lettuce.
She is spayed, current on vaccines as of 1/’21, heartworm and flea/tic preventatives, microchipped. Her new family will receive her 30” metal crate with bedding and other supplies.
Ideally, potential adopters will have experience with heeler-type dogs and a relatively calm home and neighborhood where Riley will get exercise and attention, but can also settle to chew on her bones or hang out and investigate a yard.
Riley is in Atascadero, CA.
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