In other dogs, naughty behavior may not be something to celebrate. Well, Pip has learned to beg. For a dog who would only eat dry kibble and would ignore even the best soft treats when she arrived, this is a huge step in the right direction. She has figured out that people have something awesome, and it is worth coming out of hiding. She can be relentless if she thinks you have something she wants to eat.
Pip Squeak is an adorable little Shetland Sheepdog who barked her way out of a puppymill just before her first birthday. While the miller said that her barking and spinning upset all the other dogs, she was in her foster home for nearly 2 weeks before anyone heard her bark! Now, she limits her barking to playing with the other dogs and to tell the humans that she needs to go outside.
While Pip is young and adorable. She is going to need a patient family who can continue to help her learn how to be a pet. Right now, she happily plays in the fenced yard with the two dogs in her foster home that are close to her size. She is very attached to one of the dogs and follows her lead. She will absolutely need a friendly, confident companion dog and a fenced yard (4' minimum). Ideally it would be in a quiet location as unexpected city noises can send her into a panic.
Inside the house, Pip has several places she likes to hide. She will poke her head out at the sound of her name but unless she is being called to go outside, she quickly retreats back into hiding. She shows no interest in the cat in her foster home. The only "toy" she has tried to play with is an empty water bottle and food is not a motivator for her (but her interest in treats is increasing as she gets more comfortable with people). Pip is now seeking out attention about once a day when the house is quiet and willingly allows handling by the foster family. Car sickness is an issue, but medication allows her to travel with her foster family and she has been all over the Midwest in her time with them.
Pip is looking for a patient home with previous sheltie experience. She would do best in a quiet, adult home. Applications w/out another dog similar in size and a physically fenced yard (4' minimum) will NOT be considered.