Twix is a petite bicolored 2 yo female black and tan shepherd mix weighing 40 lbs. She was originally adopted out along with her 3 littermates at the age of 3 months, but was recently returned due to an unexpected move out of state by the owner. During her time with her original family, she adapted well to the indoor life which included sharing her home with multiple cats.
This gal adores human affection but may start off very timid when meeting strangers for the first time. She may even express a few barks to ward off what she perceives is danger. With calm and persistent introductions, her ambivalence is soon replaced with cautious curiosity. As with many of our dogs, she will respond rapidly to praise and rewarding pets.
One exceptional feature of Twix is her innate canine social appetite. When meeting other dogs (large and small), this girl is Miss Congeniality. She has no hesitation to say 'Hello' and will do her best to engage any of her new friends in a game of zesty play. Prepare for entertainment as you watch her elite sleek stature burst in a confetti filled party-parade. Despite her small size, this gal possesses play stamina that can match up to dogs 3 times her size.
When not in the company of other dogs, her energy is well managed with daily walks and everyday social exposures. Her lovely compact and athletic physique makes car traveling an ease. Occasionally she may chase a ball, but she is not overly interested in toys. Flies and Food are magnets to her in this world, but she can be called off easily given her stronger desire to please and interact with her human.
Twix does well left alone while her foster mother is at work and has very good house manners. When she reunites with her human (or when her foster brother, Huey, receives affection), she feels the need to compete with energetic vertical leaps to steal your attention, occasionally with reflexive nips. Consistent boundaries and redirection will be necessary to help her to continue to resist this urge. In the meantime, she will do best in a home with no small children.
In the evening, she calmly enters her crate where she sleeps quietly all night. She is housebroken and is accustomed to using a dog door. She is a quick learner and shows unbridled interest to meet your expectations. At the end of the day, she will love nothing more than to offer you her devoted affection with her big brown soulful eyes.
This is a Level 2 Dog.
Added March 2021