NOTE: Needs second social dog, quiet home with no young children, and very secure fenced back yard. Owner needs to be good with timid dogs.
UPDATE – 24 NOVEMBER 2020 (from foster mom): Shiloh has been with us for a week and a few days now. The first day she was very skittish, shook and really didn’t like the people to be walking around upright. Shiloh met the pack, 3 dogs and 2 cats and seemed relieved that there were other animals around. Even on the very first day when she saw the other dogs getting some affection, she would approach us and request attention by tapping us with her little paw. She loves a chin rub! Shiloh is a generally happy, sweet and submissive girl that would probably not do well in a household with small children. She gets scared when you reach over her, and still a bit nervous about having humans walk towards her. If Shiloh gets too nervous she might melt down to the ground, show her belly and lose the occasional drip or two of pee. If you don’t touch her when she does this and give her a little space, she is much less likely to dribble. She is respectful of the cats who are quite a bit bigger than her. Shiloh mostly just avoids them because she is a tiny bit scared of them.
She is a brave girl and challenges herself! For example, she REALLLLLY wanted to join the others on the couch but was too nervous to get up there…. She would put her front paws up but then get scared. She would run out of the room to go back to a dog bed in the kitchen (safe spot) and then run back to the living room to try again. She has now mastered the couch and loves it as much as any other pet! Stairs are out of the question for now!
Shiloh has discovered squeaky toys are the best. She will squeak it over and over as her favorite way to entertain herself. She is quite a young girl and loves to play. Shiloh plays chase with her foster siblings and also likes to snatch their toys and dash away. She even plays with the big 60lb foxhound by standing up on her back legs and boxing at his face. It is so funny to watch. Shiloh sleeps through the night in the dog beds on the floor of our bedroom at night. She doesn’t roam or get into trouble, just sleeps next to her foster siblings.
She is working on her leash training—it is very clear this is a totally new world and it will take time and patience. There are many milestones for timid dogs, and Shiloh is conquering them at a fast pace. She has only been on a few walks so far because we needed to wait until she felt more comfortable about walking so closely alongside those big upright humans. She trots along for a pretty good distance but then remembers she is attached to you by a leash and stops for a few minutes. She looks at the leash like it is kind of annoying. If we crouch down and encourage her with friendly words, she will get going again. We also use the other dogs to encourage her by bringing them closer to her. We walk her with a very secure harness with 2 straps fitted across her underside and a 6 ft leash she has some space. She will get there!!
Shiloh is doing very well with house training—not a single accident. We had one close call where she just started to squat and I called her name and said “let’s go outside!” She went right out and peed. She does not know how to ask to go out but usually does her business quickly when let into the yard.
She loves treats and chew sticks but FYI she will bury bones outside if given the chance. Shiloh became a lap dog after just a few days and drapes her body across us. If we crouch down, she comes army crawling over for affection. Shiloh is a super sweet girl that needs to be in a home that is on the quiet side, with at least one other friendly dog and a secure fenced yard.
UPDATE – 13 NOVEMBER 2020: Shiloh is now fully vetted and available for adoption. She will be going to a foster home soon.
NEW – 2 NOVEMBER 2020: Shiloh is a sweet and submissive little girl who was a stray from King George County in Virginia. Her temperament was described as wild and fearful and she would fear nip. She was terrified when she first came to the shelter and then to BREW. However, she is settling in well at the kennels now that she has some stability, is with other dogs, and is receiving consistent meals. She has come a long way and now loves getting affection from our kennel manager. When getting affection, she curls her ears and lifts her little paws – so cute! She is submissive and gets along great with other dogs. She will do best in a low key home with a kind and gentle hand, and she would do best in a home to help her with her self confidence. She will be available soon.