Waffles is a happy, goofy 3 year old Belgian Malinois mix. She's a lean 50lbs. She is reliably housebroken, and she will let you know when she needs to go out. She is crate trained as well!
Waffles is endlessly loyal to her human family and will allow us to do just about anything to her, including picking her up, taking toys/food from her, etc. She has not ever exhibited aggression or resource guarding with her humans. She hates having her nails clipped, but recently we have made significant progress in her tolerance level. She is very people friendly and does great when taken places. She's very sweet and an easy human greeter. In her own home though, she is edgy and doesn't appreciate strangers entering or being near her humans. She will remain agitated and upset even after a period of time. This has been limited to our home/property only and we are working on it.
Waffles has been known to get along with some dogs but can be too much for others. Socially, she's puppy dumb and very inappropriate when greeting a new dog. She's young and very active which ends up pissing off more dogs than not. That said, she really does love to play and when she finds a suitable, evenly matched canine playmate, she will play until she falls over! Waffles has a very strong, touchy prey drive, so I don't see her living with cats or other small animals.
Outdoors, Waffles is very distracted and believes she has the ability to catch any squirrel, rabbit, bird or moving leaf. We have been working on focus outside and she is improving. It's easier to get her attention back the more we work on it, but she's not going to be reliable off leash without a tremendous amount of work. Waffles does require a physically fenced yard. She has respected the 6' fence in her foster home.
Waffles favorite game is TUG! She will tug forever and go until her gas can runs out. And even then, if you pick up the rope, she'll go for more! She loves to fetch anything you deem a toy. She has been impressively respectful of our home and the things in it. She has never intentionally put a single tooth mark in anything that wasn't hers. And even her stuffed dog toys stay intact for a looooong time! She will eventually pull out some stuffing if a hole opens up, but the holes are rarely caused by her. Training-wise, we have used both toys and treats for training rewards and she responds well with both. The only negative I have encountered so far when it comes to training is that she is 'grabby' when she's excited. Not with her mouth (she takes food very nicely) but with her front paws, which results in scratched up forearms. (Again, we're working on it lol)
Waffles does not dumpster dive in our garbage, and while she still puts her paws up on the counter to smell what's going on, she has never taken anything from the counter! I have watched her nose inches away from a plate of hot dogs and she never attempted to sneak any. But, she's nosy and always has to know what's on the counter.
We use a Gentle Leader to walk/run Waffles and she does very well on it! She would be an ideal walking or jogging partner. She loves to sit outside on the patio with us (sometimes in her own chair!) and is happy to just chill. She's got a great off switch, especially if you spend time exercising her body and brain every day. Waffles is a very 'soft' dog. If you're playing with her and your hand accidentally gets in the way of her teeth, she is instantly remorseful and will back off, whether you react or not.
Waffles is looking for a very active adult only home who can keep her busy both physically and mentally. Waffles is not a sport or working dog candidate, but could be a fun performance dog.