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Age: 2 Years Weight: 65 lbs
Location: RI This dog has been spayed/neutered, is up to date on shots, on heartworm preventative and is microchipped.
Here we have beautiful Amaya! Amaya appears to be a gorgeous Shepherd/Red Heeler mix who is approximately 2 years old. Amaya is one of the goofiest, playful dogs we have met. We are convinced that she thinks she is 6 months old and 15lbs. She loves to romp and play with other playful dogs, and is game for snuggles and cuddles with her humans. Her favorite play-buddy is her 9 lb chihuahua foster brother; he is pretty scrappy, but Amaya also does a fabulous job toning down her play style to match his size.
Amaya can be unsure of new people and in new situations, but once she trusts you, she is a very sweet dog. She enjoys cuddles and pets, but is also not overly demanding for attention and is content on being in the same room or adjacent room as her people. Amaya seems to be a quick study. She has picked up on "sit," "down," and "wait" very quickly; further reinforcement is needed with these commands to master them. She wants to please, and enjoys rewards of high value treats and verbal praise. Amaya enjoys being petted, getting ear scratches and belly rubs. She is quiet and not a busy body - she can often be found laying on the floor while her foster mom works on her computer or cooks dinner. She has found her favorite lounging spot to be on the cushions on the back of the sofa, but also enjoys large dog beds on the floor, as well as the cool floor during the summer.
Amaya has some watchdog tendencies. She will watchdog-bark if new people enter her property; this can be shut down by disagreeing with her, having her back away and asking for a "sit, down, and stay." With the right guidance, Amaya settles relatively quickly and accepts the new-comer as long as they do not demand her attention or insist on giving her attention. This management must be continued in her new home to reinforce that people can be trusted, and Amaya does not need to take on that role.
Amaya needs a new family who will be kind, patient and consistent with her. She may be unsure and aloof her first few days and the best response to this behavior is to give her space and ignore her. By the third day in her foster home, Amaya was seeking affection, playing with the other dogs, and being a big goof in general, and she continues to blossom as she is exposed slowly to new things. Amaya's new home needs to be patient with their expectations, provide her with consistent leadership, and manage her environment so as not to overwhelm her and keep her experiences gradual and always positive. Amaya will need basic training and gentle leadership in her home and once this has been started and she has developed a bond and trust with her new humans, she will further blossom with a small group training class. She is very well socialized with other dogs, but is still learning to trust humans. She will need continued reinforcement that people are friendly and can be trusted and experiences should be introduced at her pace. Amaya was likely not exposed to much related to the human world as a puppy. She has come a long way thus far, and she has shown to adapt very quickly. She will continue to gain confidence with further leadership, training and patience. Amaya would do best in a household with relatively few new people coming and going, no children under 15, a fenced yard and with another playful dog. Amaya is relatively submissive to other dogs but not overly so.
Amaya is house trained and a perfect house guest. She is currently left loose in the house overnight with the other dogs and also when her foster leaves home and she has done well. She is not destructive and does not pace; in the morning, she will wake her foster mom with a few gentle kisses on her hand or face - whichever is closer to the side of the bed. She can be trained to live in a home without a fenced yard, but there will likely be a transition period with some accidents. She is also crate trained, though she would prefer not to be crated. Amaya is a gentle lady on the leash - minimal pulling and she walks right at your side. She loves the company of other dogs and another large, well-balanced, playful dog in her adoptive home will be essential to give her guidance and help her feel comfortable. With love, patience, time and training Amaya will reward her new family by blossoming into a confident and loyal companion. She will be a true joy to have in your life!
Amaya's Backstory: Amaya was picked up as a stray in Arkansas in the summer of 2015. Upon first coming in to rescue, she was shy and unsure but she has blossomed in her RI foster home. Amaya was likely not exposed to much related to the human world as a puppy, so she will need a home that is patient, understanding and willing to work with her.
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Medical Note: Amaya tested positive for exposure to ehrlichia while in SOS foster care. This does not mean this dog had ehrlichia. Amaya is/has been asymptomatic while in SOS care and was preventively treated with a 28-day course of doxycycline. A 4Dx SNAP test should be repeated 6 months after completed treatment to confirm negative results. Please see here for more information on ehrlichia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ehrlichiosis_(canine). Please discuss any concerns with your veterinarian.
Adoption Fee: $370
To apply for this dog, fill out an adoption application on our website: www.sosarl.org/aa/
**Additional info you should know - For most of our dogs, we are only guessing at predominant breed or breed mix. We get to know each of our dogs as an individual and do our best to describe and place them based on personality not breed label. Some dogs may not yet be in New England, nor ready for immediate adoption. There may be additional vetting, quarantine, waiting periods and/or fees depending upon your state of residence. If you have questions or concerns on any of this, you can discuss this with your Adoption Counselor.