Scarlett is a 3 yr old girl with such a sweet and loving disposition towards people but not so much with other dogs and most definitely not with cats, how she is with children we don’t know as yet as she only came yesterday.
Scarlett will be settling in for a couple of weeks before she goes for her Vet check, once that is sorted and we learn more about what home is best suited for her she will go up for adoption.
Scarlett was very anxious when she came into rescue. She found it difficult to cope being left on her own. She howled, whined, and fretted.
Our goal was to work with Scarlett so that she became more relaxed and able to spend time on her own without being anxious.
Scarlett has learned while in rescue to be more independent.
We ignore her until she is calm and settled (not jumping, scratching, panting, and whining). When Scarlett is calm and relaxed, she is rewarded amply with dog treats and lots of affection.
This means that her foster carer can go out and leave her and Scarlett is not a complete mess when the carer returns.
Scarlett now sleeps happily in the loungeroom rather than jumping every baby gate in the house to join her foster carer in the bedrooms at the front of the house. Be warned that this little minx manages to climb up and over baby gates.
If you are dreaming of a dog that you can take to dog parks and cafes and visit friends and family who own dogs, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY. Scarlett is not the dog for you -- once she is in a fight it will be extremely difficult to get her off.
Once Scarlett bonds to you, the intensity of her reactivity to other animals will increase.
Are you willing to set and consistently apply firm but fair boundaries with Scarlett?
Can you give Scarlett a calm house where she is the only pet?
Are you willing to accept that no matter how patient you are, that without the help of a professional dog trainer, Scarlett will probably never get along with other dogs?
If you cannot answer Yes to these three questions, please do not apply.
The really, really, good stuff - Scarlett loves people! Secretly, we think Scarlett thinks she is a human. She is extremely intelligent and loving. Please understand that your expectations of a rescue dog may not be the same as the dogs capabilities and one must learn to live with these quirks and this can be done, you just have to LEARN the dog, when you think about it this is not much different than living with your partner/family/friends.
She wants a person or family that will love her unconditionally, warts and all.
- No children.
- No other dogs
- Must have access to the home at all times
- No cats
- Part time or stay at home family.
- Access to a grassed area