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Georgia Boxer Mix Markham, ON

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Large
  • Brindle

About

Characteristics
Friendly, Affectionate, Smart, Gentle, Loyal
Coat length
Short
House-trained
Yes
Health
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered, special needs.
Good in a home with
Cats.
Prefers a home without
Other dogs, children, other animals.

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Meet Georgia

Adoptable - Kitchener/Waterloo.

Please read this whole description as Georgia is a complicated girl looking for understanding. She has been waiting quite a while for just the right fit. 
 
Georgia is drop-dead gorgeous. She has bits of gold in that brindle that GLOW in the sun. And she’s crazy soft, like velvet. Wonder what she is? Her foster mom calls her a hyena (and some people believe it lol). Food puzzles and Mouse hunting are two of her favourite things. Luckily she’s not very good at mouse hunting ?
 
At heart Georgia is a laid back, easy, gentle girl. At 4 years old, Georgia still has the soul of a puppy without the crazy. She is medium energy and likes to lie close or over in her bed. She can come across as stubborn, demanding (BIG VOICE!) and over-exuberant but don’t let that fool you. Georgia is a super sensitive and smart girl. She needs time to think things through and take in her environment and gets quickly overwhelmed.
 
Georgia worries about a lot. About the world and other stuff. Bikes, kids making noise, people carrying grocery bags, car rides, cars, that smell over there and especially dogs. And she hides it well. Or she makes a big loud show to cover up her fear. She is learning to let her people know what she’s feeling and turn to them for support but it is a work in progress. 
 
Georgia struggles with car anxiety, separation anxiety, and dog reactivity. She is also on medication for anxiety. She is sleeping or looking out the windows now in rides around the city and has even had a few rides on the highway without any medication. Georgia is working to change her feelings and habits to help her reactivity; lunging and barking at dogs. She does have a DOG BITE history. Sometimes, she can have treats up a driveway while a dog goes by on the other side and sometimes we turn around especially if there are a few dogs on the walk. She prefers some movement – chasing or catching treats and her foster will show you all Georgia knows. Learning things aren’t as scary as you thought is a long, slow process and her family should be committed to making her feel more comfortable over time. 
 
Georgia has a quirky worry when she needs to pee/poop or just feels her tummy. In the beginning, she made crazy noise, pulled a ton and eventually got her pees and poops done. Or, she could be so worried that she would pull the whole way and forget to go. At first, foster mom thought this was demand barking but has instead taught Georgia how to ask and takes her out frequently. We are trying new foods and adjusting anxiety medications as well as teaching Georgia communication skills. This will likely be a longer term issue that her adopters will need to problem solve. 
 
Maybe because of this or maybe on its own, Georgia has separation anxiety. She has been working on a desensitization process to help her feel safe alone. This means that, except for practice/training, she is not left alone. She is slowly making a positive association with her crate but is not ready to be left there. But she loves her dog sitters! Anyone will do, she just needs a person. So a family member, neighbour, friend or dog sitter can do. In her former home, Georgia was medicated when she needed to be left alone. 
 
Georgia is not always sure what her humans are trying to tell her and isn’t always sure how to tell them what she needs. Her family should expect that Georgia will make a lot of noise while she’s figuring out how to get her needs met in a new location. And she is on a schedule! In particular, Georgia does not have a snooze button. An early morning walk ? 7 days/week. 
 
Foster Mom’s notes
I feel like Georgia needs a personality type more than she needs a particular home set-up (although she has needs there too). I do think, with dedication and emotional sensitivity plus training and a discussion with your vet about meds that Georgia could blossom and feel more comfortable. She learns to feel safe very, very slowly so she’s looking for someone who can slow down, be mindful and let her learn and process. 
 
Her ideal family will be patient and able to focus on understanding Georgia and proving to her that they are able to listen and figure out her needs. They will love having a treat pouch for walks and games and be interested in gentle training methods. And not mind turning and going around the block if there’s a dog. Georgia has been learning a lot of confidence through enrichment toys and training games so this should continue in her new home. Moving too quickly with rules and structure usually backfires with Georgia, she likes to gently build routines and habits so it doesn’t feel scary. She’s seriously a very relaxed dog when she’s comfortable and on time. 
 
Requirements:
Country home or able to walk her in quiet spots/quiet times 
Fenced yard
Adults only
No other pets – Dog BITE RECORD
Willing to work with a trainer
Willing to work with the vet on anxiety medication

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  • Boxer
  • Adult
  • Female