We would like to introduce Alice! Alice is a beautiful, tall, two year old female who came to foster with us in March from a hectic family situation. Alice is a beautiful fawn with unique markings around both eyes and is one of the softest dogs we have ever had! Everyone that meets her comments on how beautiful she is and how soft her head and fur are.
She was spayed within a week of coming to use and did not lick at her sutures at all. Other than the first night of discomfort she acted like it was no big deal. She got a little scared at the vets when I dropped her off and left her but that was to be expected and when she went back she was fine.
She is VERY sweet and goofy. She makes us laugh all the time. She is house broken, crate trained (and she likes her crate- she will put herself in it and watch me get ready in the mornings) she knows basic commands, sits and waits to be given a command to eat and is learning to sit before she goes outside. Her leash skills have improved since coming to us and she is working on socialization in training classes.
She does well on a slip lead leash and we have also worked with her on a 50’ leash to work on her sit/stay and recall. She is very active and loves to play fetch, play with the other dogs and wander around our acreage, she loves to chew on bones and play with toys but needs to be supervised with any soft toys (NO ROPES OR RAWHIDES) because she likes to de-stuff them. She will happily play with the “skin” of the toy. She is still working on her recall but has vastly improved since coming to us. Sometimes the smell of the wild causes her to go on what we call a “walk about” on our property and we have to retrieve her but she has gotten much better about coming back or staying in the area.
She LOVES to eat and is highly food and ice cube motivated. She patiently waits for me to prepare her food- she has a “feed me” position while waiting where she lays flat on her belly with her head between her front paws watching your every move with her eyes. She has not counter surfed but occasionally she will try to swipe a sideways lick of the counter. She will come running when she hears the freezer open because she wants an ice cube and knows her foster dad will most definitely always give her one!
She plays well with our dogs, But she would do well with dogs of similar age and size as she can be a little overwhelming due to her size and playfulness.
When we picked her up we were told that she was terrified of water and she came with lots of “dry bath/shampoo” products. I have bathed her several times since she’s been with us (outside with the hose) and she stands still and patient for her bath. She will let me cut her nails but it is not without a bit of a struggle. I tried to take her to the vet to have them done but it became a wrestling match where I ended up cutting them while the vet fed her treats! So, that is another thing we are working on.
She has liked and gotten along with everyone she has met so far. She is still working on meeting other dogs patiently in public but is making improvements. She seems to really like older children and has no issues with men. IF she were placed in a home with children it is our recommendation that it be with older children who have respect and knowledge of proper boundaries with a dog. Understanding her cues and not sitting on, grabbing her or putting her in high stress situations. In her previous home it was very stressful- she was well loved but circumstances made it a stressful and high anxiety situation.
She decompressed quickly and was able to relax and chill with us in our home. Based on her size and energy level older, active children would be ideal. Also, we do not recommend a home with small animals as we are still working on her excitement and prey drive when it comes to smaller animals like our chickens. She has gotten much, much better but still gets excited to see them even behind their boundary and chase them if they get out. She has caught a couple of them but we have been right there to stop her before any major injuries occurred so we are working on this. She also likes to chase squirrels, rabbits etc. She loves to be outside but also likes a good memory foam bed- luckily we had 5 of them when she got here so she has a choice! It is also recommended, that although some mastiffs do well in apartment living, she be placed in a home with a large FENCED yard *see above about walkabouts* where she has room to chase her squeaker tennis ball and wander around.
MRF asked Greg Difranza from Kamp K9 Jax Beach to come out meet Alice and work with us to help come up with ways to help her settle in and evaluate her to help us work with her on her training. She attends a Thursday night training now locally and is doing very well but she MUST continue her training. She is young and needs improvement and most definitely needs to continue learning from a qualified training class in order for her to reach her full potential. MRF will require the continued training. All in all she is a wonderful dog! She would make an excellent addition to an active family or single person.