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Scout Rottweiler Lincoln, NE
- Spayed / neutered.
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Scout is very sweet and loving. Her Owners have had zero issues of aggression with people, they have not had her around small children, so they have no experience to report there. She wants to be wherever her people are, she LOVES to chase a ball and really enjoys spending time outside.
Scout is a good snuggler and does not seem to shed much except when we switched from spring to summer. She has tolerated nail trims and bath time. She is appropriately protective in the house (e.g., barks at a knock or doorbell, but settles down quickly after) but is a bit obsessed. If she can see outside, she will just sit and stare out the window (to the point where it takes a lot to break her focus).
Based on her high prey drive, Scout will likely need a home where she will be the only animal. Her Owners have been working with her and some of her behaviors have settled down (she pretty much ignores birds and squirrels and does not seem to jump quite as often), although she will still run full-tilt after small critters in the yard (e.g., cats, possums, etc.). She can jump very high, so we would recommend a six-foot fence if planning to let her loose in a fenced yard.
Her Owners muzzle her for trips to the Veterinarian, the kennel where she is boarded, if there is a chance she will have close contact with other animals and at the groomer since there have been high-energy interactions (e.g., everything from lunging, whining, and barking to standing very still with her body shaking and a fixed stare). She takes to the muzzle well.
Scout originally came from the shelter near Chicago on a variety of anxiety medicines. We still give her the following two medicines: 300 mg gabapentin and 50 mg trazodone. Her Owners had hoped to be weaning her off these by now; however, with her Owners recent injury and inability to easily and safely manage Scout, they have left her doses as is.
Scout is generally healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations. A couple of months ago, she developed a bladder infection and was given antibiotics to clear up the infection. However, urinalysis showed struvite crystals in her urine. Since these crystals were still present after the infection cleared up, the veterinarian recommended a prescription diet for her. She is on Hills Urinary Care (c/d formula) but the Vet told us to monitor for weight gain. She did gain several pounds in the first month on that food, so they had us switch her to Hills Metabolic (w/d formula). She has seemed to like all the varieties and eats well. Subsequent urinalysis shows that the struvite crystals are gone, so the new diet seems to have resolved that issue for her. She will need to eat a dog food that prevents struvite crystal formation for the rest of her life.
Scout is given AMPLE outside time each day but her Owners have experienced some potty issues in the house. She is on a regular routine (e.g., as soon as she wakes up; right before we have to leave the house; as soon as we return after being gone; and right before bedtime), along with other as needed walks. Scout is crate-trained and will reliably go into her kennel when asked. She only needs to be crated when her People are gone, otherwise, she is out of her crate and spending time with her humans when they are home. She has beds in numerous rooms in her current home (although she usually sleeps at the foot of the bed at night).
This lovely Lady is looking for a home, yard, sofa, and humans to call her own. She will stick by your side through thick and thin, can you be the one to stay by HER side now?
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