born ~December 2015
Introducing Sierra! Sierra is a beautiful Plott Hound Mix weighing in at a whopping 60lbs. She’s just over 2 years old and won’t get any larger than that.
Sierra had it a little rough as she was adopted from a shelter and returned 30 minutes later to no fault of her own. The family ended up having allergies and the shelter was full, putting her on death row. ACR snatched her up and now she is blossoming! It took some time to figure her out but we can safely say that she is fully housebroken! Sierra had never really been on a leash before and her first foster home didn’t have a yard so she was constantly having accidents and refusing to potty outside. Once she was on a retractable lease and could do her business in privacy, bam! Problem solved. Now she signals by fussing a little and loitering by the door. She keeps her crate clean and sleeps through the night without any mess.
Not only is Sierra housebroken, but she’s crate trained too! She’ll happily run in for a reward and she stays quiet through the night and when home alone. While she currently lives with cats, they do not get to interact. If Sierra moves into a home with cats, the proper introductions would be necessary and some patience would also be required 😊 Meeting new people gets Sierra SUPER excited so she’s working on keeping all four on the floor. She’s been around children ages two and up and other than her extreme happiness, she’s great! She’d do best in a home if the children are old enough to stand their ground.
Meeting lots of new dogs at once is a bit overwhelming so Sierra is not a good fit for the dog park. She does great with one-on-one interactions though and just loves laying with her doggy friends! Wrestling is this lady’s game of choice and she can be a bit vocal, but it’s all in good fun! Her play partners need to be just as gung-ho about it as she is since she tends to be a little rough. Structured introductions are always a good idea, but once the initial meet and greet is done, she’s ready! She’s really come a long way with managing her energy and is learning to be more laid back. Keeping her mentally stimulated is important – having the right toys around to entertain her is always good. Regular play sessions with a buddy of hers will keep her content just hanging out for the rest of the day. If you’re a runner, she’s the perfect partner. And having a fenced yard to throw the tennis ball around is the PERFECT way to expel some of her crazy 😊
Though Sierra would never say no to affection, she isn’t the biggest cuddlebug. She likes knowing where her humans are but isn’t demanding. She does, however, put her nose is everything… gotta know what’s going on! Car rides are her favorite as she loves going to new places and exploring. A nice, calm entrance into the car is her way of showing she’s a good girl, ready to take on the world. She’ll calmly sit in the back seat with her head out to window, welcoming all the new smells of the great outdoors.
You can tell the wheels are turning as Sierra is learning- playing more quietly, basic commands like sit and shake, and showing considerable improvement in all her manners. Pulling on the leash is a work in progress but she is getting much better at listening. With the amount of bouncing around this poor girl has been through, it’s not wonder she was a little wild in the beginning. All she needs is a job and a family to give her that opportunity. Will that family be you?
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