born ~September 2016
learning crate training
Meet Dixie! This beautiful Treeing Walker Coonhound is about 50lbs and is right where she should be. At only a year old, she still has some learning to do but is just crazy friendly to her doggy roommates!
Though she doesn’t currently live with cats, Dixie would probably be fine with the proper introductions. There were several kittens at the shelter and she seemed to be afraid of them. Dixie has several 4-legged roomies and LOVES playing! She tends to leave her much smaller housemates alone and gives all of the other dogs their space if they don’t want to play, so she’s proving to be able to pick up on cues and be respectful. Soft introductions to other dogs aren’t necessary and Dixie does very well at the dog park. When other pups aren’t joining into the fun and she really, really wants them to, that’s when you hear that bay howl!!
Confidence in this lady has been a continuous improvement as she learns that the world is not such a scary place. At first she was afraid of cars, but now she jumps right in. TV’s were a bit scare too, but now she enjoys a western show whereas before, she’d run to the bathroom and hide. It’s likely she was never exposed to a lot of these things, but she has really come around and normal household appliances don’t spook her anymore. As she gets more comfortable with Foster Mom, she’s even started to play bow to entice her to chase her! Loud noises are the only thing that tend to scare her and she just wants to be in her comfort zone, with her people. Whether it’s bubble wrap or the lawn mower, Dixie ain’t havin’ it. Over time, that may subside as she learns that not every loud noise is something terrifying.
Miss Dixie has never lived in a house before so it took some time for her to acclimate. She is now fully housebroken and tolerates her crate! No, she doesn’t love going into it, but she knows she has to when it’s time so she obeys. At night she gets the run of the house and usually picks the couch to sleep on, which works out really well for both teams. It’s when she knows that Foster Mom is still home and man-oh-man does she remind you that she’s in her crate! Gotta love that bay howl, no?
As far as Dixie’s energy level is concerned, she seems to be an alert dog, sniffing around and chewing on toys. While she isn’t the pestering type, she definitely has energy and will need regular exercise and mental stimulation. Whether that be regular dog park trips or long walks, doesn’t matter to her! Please note that she can be a little spazzy… her long legs just go everywhere! So her coordination for being a running partner may or may not be successful… In fact, it’s too cute – when Dixie plays, her signature move is to duck under her playmate and stand up, leaving her buddy just hanging there! Dixie is great with kids, but again, is a spaz. So it’s best if the child is old enough to stand his/her own ground.
If you have the stamina to take on a sweet, affectionate, energized hound, then Dixie is a great match. She loves other dogs and will just make your heart melt at how much she wants to be near you, especially when spooked by unknown sounds outside. Hurry and adopt Dixie today!
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