Ivy came to us from a family with 3 other male dogs. They originally rescued her and she lived in a home where she was loved and cared for deeply. She is very well socialized with other dogs! The owners were dedicated to her, loving her very much and helping her gain confidence. They were sad to find themselves in a place where they needed to surrender her. Ivy is a true sweetheart. She's warmed up to our human leadership and our Wally (male Boxer who is just over a year old) without a problem. Actually, there might be a love affair going on between them. They play so well together! They box like true Boxers do, play tug with a rope toy and, as you can see in the picture, cuddle up on a blanket together.
With a treat in hand Ivy will sit on command. She shows absolutely no food issues. She'll eat out of your hand, allow you to put your hand in her bowl and allow you to take her food from her with out a single peep or protest. For a family with another dog, she shows no signs of being possessive of her food. In fact, she ate side by side to Wally without any issue. At first she was showing signs of being a little counter surfer, but after a few corrections she's stopped this altogether. Similar with the couch, she loves the couch! When we first asked her to "off" she didn't quite understand what we were asking for or why we were asking. However, like with the counter, she quickly learned the couch was not a place for her and we haven't had to ask again. She'll need a little training on a short leash but does awesome on one that is retractable. She is good with her crate and has not had an accident in the house. Clearly she is house-trained. She goes and stands at the door to let you know she needs to go out.
When she first arrived in our foster care she was a nervous little girl. That's a fading memory now. She's opened up and adapted like she's been here her whole life. She gives great Boxer kisses and wags her tail anytime you say her name. She is very athletic which is great for any owner. For an active owner she'll need a tad bit of conditioning as she had a liter of puppies back in October. Ivy is perfectly comfortable if you touch her face, open her mouth to look at her teeth, pull on her ears, touch her tail or feet.
Ivy is a smart one and with a little bit of consistency in her training she will grow into a perfect family member. The family who adopts Ivy will be really lucky! She'll need a kind and gentle leader who knows when to be stern. She'd do great in a home with another dog! She'll give an owner so much love. She's a keeper!!!