|This dog came into RAGOM from a commercial breeder and has not been adequately socialized to humans. RAGOM requires that any adoptive homes contain a physical fence (due to the risk of escape); another fairly confident medium to large sized dog to role model from (everything is new and scary for them); no children under 10 years old in the home (normal kid behavior scares these dogs). Our goal is to find the forever family for these dogs and our experience leads us to use these criteria.|
Hi everybody, this is Nikki. She arrived with 28 other dogs from the breeding facility. We are her 3rd foster family in a week and I would have to say she is doing quite well for going through all of that. I had her to the vet today and she is just shy of 40 pounds and is estimated to be 5 months old. She still has some of her puppy teeth. Her vet said she is in good health and will make a fine pet. We are working on scheduling her spay surgery and after that she will be available for adoption.
For the most part Nikki is like most puppies of this age but does exhibit some PM traits. She is skittish around humans unless you are close to the ground. She does not like to go through doorways without a dog friend guide, and stairs are not her favorite things. If we are sitting or kneeling on the ground she comes right up to us for love and she will let you do anything to her once she has relaxed around you.
Nikki loves the dogs here and will need a home with a fenced yard, another confident large breed dog and no small children. She loves to romp and play with our other foster dog Kota 10-274 and he is like a big brother to her. He can be dog aggressive but she seems to bring out another side of him. He is also still a puppy at 22 months old and you can see in the photos that they love to play.
Nikki is a puppy and her adoptive home will need to be aware of all of the negatives with having a puppy. Chewing on inappropriate items, not always making it outside to go to the bathroom and needing a lot of exercise are just a few.
If you feel you are up for the challenge that owning a puppy brings let you placement advisor know.
Just a quick update on Nikki...
Nikki is making great strides, she has been walking on a leash attached to her harness without any problems, in fact she sees the leash coming out she goes right to the door and waits for us to put it on. She is a puppy and requires a close eye to make sure she is not getting into trouble. She likes to chew on things and will counter surf if you are not vigilant. She is having fewer accidents in the house since we started limiting when and how much she drinks.
Nikki was spayed on 4/6/12 and on Tuesday she was at the vet to get some booster shots and she weighed in at 42 pounds. They did notice that she has some enamel missing from some of her teeth likely from poor nutrition when they were developing.
Overall I would say Nikki is pretty close to a normal 6 month old puppy. If you are up for the challenge of an active puppy, Nikki will be at the Blaine Chuck & Don's on Sunday from 2 to 3:30 pm. Stop by and visit her.
Nikki is becoming an adult dog, she is 95% potty trained and has mastered retrieving a tennis ball. She enjoys her daily walks and playing in our yard. She came with us to our lake home and stayed right with us the whole time. We are exposing her to lots of different situations and she does fine. She has been coming to my softball games with my wife and Nikki is very popular there. She goes right up to strangers and kids to get some pets and love. She was with 2 new dogs this weekend and got along with both like she has been with them forever. One was a 85 pound German Shepherd mix and one was a 15 pound Bichon mix and she played appropriately with both of them. During the recent storms Nikki did not even look up when lightning hit a neighbors chimney. Nikki can stay in her kennel for a full 8 hours without an accident. Nikki will make a great addition to that lucky family that fit the adoption criteria listed above. I you would like to meet Nikki let your placement advisor know.
Nikki 12-099 has been adopted by the T family