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Caitlin Available German Shepherd Dog at Shepherds Hope Rescue

                   Caitlin                                                  

 

 

 

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Sex:  Female 7-8 years

Breed: German Shepherd Dog/Pit Bull Mix

Color: Black/ White

Potential Size: Large 

House Broken: Yes

Good With Kids:?

Good With Dogs: ?

Good with Cats: ?

 

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  Hi there! Myname is Caitlyn. In the spring of 2014, I was rescued by NYC law enforcement from a cruelty/neglect case, where I was found living in a car with my littermates. I was immediately transferred to the ASPCA’s hospital and adoption center. In January of 2015, I was transferred to the Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert’s, where I learned that unfamiliar people, objects, sounds and real-life situations aren’t as scary as I thought. I graduated from the Rehab Center program in June. I might take a little bit of time to come out of my shell, but once I do, I’m a very sweet, gentle dame who will love to keep you company. I’ll do best with a patient, experienced adopter—someone willing to help me along as I continue to learn new things and discover the world. I am looking for an experienced adopter with a quiet household, and at least one confident doggie housemate. I also get along with cats. A fenced yard where I can sunbathe in the warmer weather would be a huge plus!

 

 

 

  • “Touch” – hand targeting

My Rehab Center trainers taught me this skill to help me become more comfortable with reaching hands. Hold your open hand out to the side and say “Touch.” When I poke your palm with my nose, give me a tasty treat. I often like to perform this skill when I meet people—but if I’m a little nervous, I prefer to just take treats for a while first.

  • “Come Here” — come when called

This skill helps me learn to come when you call. Say “Come Here!” and walk or jog away backwards from me with a treat in your hand. As soon as I catch up to you, give me the treat and lots of praise. Start with just a few steps at a time.

  • “Let’s Go” – follow you

This skill helps me learn to follow you. Say “Let’s Go!” and walk or jog away from me with a treat in your hand. As soon as I catch up to you, give me the treat and lots of praise. You can also practice with me on walks by saying “Let’s Go!” each time you turn a new direction and giving me treats and praise.

  • How to walk on a leash
  • Housetrained

  

  • Tasty things to chew, like food-stuffed KONGs (especially frozen ones – made with my special diet, of course!), ice pops made of a diluted apple juice and my kibble, and my kibble in Wobblers and Buster Cubes
  • Flexible nylabone chews (not too hard or I will hurt my gums!)
  • Paper towel rolls with some kibble inside and both ends folded shut
  • Dogs! I love dogs!
  • Soft, cozy blankets and comfortable beds

  

  • Especially at first, before I’m used to you and my new home, consider me a flight risk. Shy dogs, especially those that come from puppy mills and hoarding cases, often get away from their new adopters during the first few weeks in their new homes. It’s not that I don’t want to be with you---it’s just that running away is my Plan A whenever I get scared! Please take steps to keep me safe.
    • Set up exercise pens or other secure barriers to block doors that lead outside so I don’t escape when people come and go.
    • Never let me off-leash in unconfined spaces. You can let me run around in securely fenced areas, but until I reliably come to you when you call, keep a long drag line or leash on me.
      • Always supervise me outdoors. Hearing an unfamiliar, sudden sound or encountering a novel object might spook me and make me bolt. I’m not likely to come back to you if I’m really scared, especially if we don’t know each other well yet.
      •  W ork on my “Let’s Go” sk ill as soon as I’ll eat food from your hand. (See Skills I’ve Learned, above.) Doing so could save my life! If I accidentally get loose, you can use this cue to get me to come back to you or follow you into a house or yard. It’ll only work if we practice it together first!

Use a “waist leash”, or use a carabiner to clip t he loop of a standard leash to your belt when you   walk me. I’ve come a long way at the Rehab Center, but sometimes I still get scared. If that happens when we’re on a walk and I get loose, I will most likely panic and bolt, especially if someone rushes toward me to catch me. It’s easier than people think to drop a leash. Clipping my leash to your belt will give you an extra layer of security (you should still hold the leash with your hand, however, for more control). Lost dogs often get hit by cars or never find their way home---so this added security measure could save my life! (If you’d rather purchase a ready- made safety leash for me, just search online for “waist leash.” You’ll find several options. You can also consider buying a GPS dog collar for me to wear, which can help to locate me in the event that I get lost.)

 

  • Walking through thresholds at doors or gates sometimes worries me. Tossing my kibble in a trail for me to follow on the ground helps a lot, as does following a dog friend through the doorway.
  • I love going on walks, but I’m still learning to not be afraid of novel things, like signs and garbage bags blowing in the wind. Please be patient with me and help me learn that unfamiliar objects and new places always mean good stuff for me, like pieces of my kibble. Walking with a confident dog friend can go a long way in decreasing my anxiety.
  • I’m still working on learning how to use stairs. They scare me. Please be patient, and help me master stairs at my own pace. Use lots of pieces of kibble when we practice together, and be prepared to pick me up and carry me if I’m not ready to go up or down.
  • I’ve made many new friends at the Rehab Center, but I’m still shy around unfamiliar people. Please give me time to warm up at my own pace. When I meet new people, ask them to toss me pieces of my kibble. When I’m more comfortable, they can ask me to hand target for kibble. I do best when I meet people in the presence of a confident dog friend.
    • I’m ready to learn, but I don’t know many obedience skills yet! The Rehab Center staff focused on reducing my fear, not on teaching me how to do things like sit, lie down and come when called. (I definitely don’t know that last one yet, so be sure not to let me off-leash!) Taking me to an obedience class that uses reward-based training (no punishment, please) would be a great way to build our bond.

 

If you are interested in Caitlin, please contact:

 

Dara Ruiz
Foster/Placement Coordinator
Cruelty Intervention Advocacy Team
Humane Law Enforcement
ASPCA
212-876-7700 ext 4436
646-629-8900 work cell
866-742-9717 Fax

 

 

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