Bella

Cats: Not good with cats
Dogs: Good with large dogs with slow introductions
Children: Not good with children

Update 7/22/18 - Bella has been doing very well in her foster home and is looking for her forever home. We are all so excited as she has recently been cat tested with multiple cats and we can safely say that she is able to live with cats. When she shows interest in a cat, as soon as the cat raises their back, she runs back to her human.

Update 12/03/17 - Bella has been with her foster home for several months. In that time she has settled and become very comfortable with me and less reactive in situations that are new to her. She is very responsive to voice commands and the leash. She likes other dogs and can get along with them if they are properly (slowly) introduced. It seems that she prefers human companionship over animals. She has learned to walk on the leash beautifully. Bella is very puppy like in that she loves to play, chase balls (chase anything) and is very excitable in unstructured situations. She thrives in an environment that doesn't have a lot going on and isn't around a lot of people, animals, noise, etc. She seems to do better that way. She gets about a mile walk in most days but could certainly do more. She has a pretty strong prey drive and tends to want to chase most things that are fast moving. Once she has bonded with you, she looks to you often for guidance as she need to learn what is ok and not ok in different situations. She has a big appetite and is very treat/food motivated. She is smart, affectionate, and attentive. I cannot emphasize enough how a consistent routine has benefitted this girl. Bella just needs an experienced human to give her the guidance, the structure and the love that she needs.

Update 10/6/17 - Bella has been doing well in her foster home. She is affectionate and seems to prefer humans over other dogs. Bella has demonstrated a pretty high prey drive and impulsively will chase anything that moves quickly. We have lots of deer and squirrels and chipmunks around and she becomes hyper focused on them. She is very puppy like, playful and impulsive... did I mention that she is impulsive? The good news is that she responds well to correction and redirection. A quiet, calm environment will not much going on would be best for Bella. She is comforted very much by her routine. She continues to walk nice on the leash. With new people and other dogs, Bella does best with slow and proper introductions. Bella can be selective with other dogs, but with the right one it looks like she will get along. It has to be a calm and stable dog. She reacts to humans who give prolonged eye contact and who are nervous around her, and she gives the same reaction with other dogs. She is playful and doesn't generally go looking for trouble but tends to not back down if another dog comes at her.

Bella is a sweet 19 month old harlequin female with natural ears. She is a very energetic puppy who will require guidance, routine and reinforcement. Bella responds very well to redirection and is somewhat treat motivated. The combination of clear and consistent direction along with a predictable routine has put her at ease. She meets strangers with wags of her tail. Bella does react to high energy dogs so you have to be careful and slow when introducing her to other dogs. Bella has a high prey drive and has been overly excited by fast moving things including children. She is excitable and exuberant and sometimes growls and lunges when excited to meet other dogs. Her behavior can be misinterpreted by humans and other dogs. Bella doesn't like being along for too long and will bark in protest. She has made a lot of progress walking on leash. She loves to play fetch and knows basic commands; sit, stay, walk, down, and paw. She will come when called but not consistently. There will be a training contract attached to her adoption. Bella came to MAGDRL in August 2017. (2)