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    Kayla

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    Entered: 03/29/2015
    Status: Adopted
    Age: 1
    Color: Liver/White
    Weight: 41 lbs.
    Gender: Altered Female
    Location: Goochland, VA
    Health: UTD, HW-, benefiting from anxiety medication, treatment for a urinary tract infection complete
    Temperament: Good with people as young as 11, good with other dogs, unknown with cats




    Kayla's Story . . .
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    Original:   “Described as her 'spinny thing,' Kayla throws her head back and goes into a full body spin.”

    Kayla was relinquished to a Pennsylvania shelter due to conflicts over training methods.  MAESSR stepped in to help her and placed her with a very experienced foster family.  It’s become obvious that this young girl responds best with all positive rewards-based training.

    Upon arriving at her foster home, Kayla was not interacting well with other dogs.  She has learned to get along and now plays well with others.  Good girl!  Because Kayla was afraid of everything, she was started on an anxiety medication.  This regimen has made a wonderful difference in Kayla.  Her confidence is now shining brightly!  She is playful, high-energy, and craves a lot of attention.

    Kayla is still very much a youngster.  MAESSR will require her adopting family to enroll her in TWO series of obedience classes within 60 days of adoption.  Puppies require a lot of care, attention, and patience, and they do chew on things!  The decision to get a puppy and raise it to be a healthy, happy, and well-adjusted dog is a serious commitment.  Kayla is a smart girl and needs someone willing to work with her to show her how great life can be.  These classes foster a special bond between pup and human.
     
    In her former home, Kayla lived with young people ages 11 and 15.  It is unclear whether she’s interacted with younger children.  What is clear is that Kayla loves her people!  When she sees them in the morning – or to express general happiness – she puts on the cutest display.  Described as her “spinny thing,” Kayla throws her head back and goes into a full body spin.  Just. Too. Adorable.
     
    Kayla is perfectly housetrained and uses a doggie door in her foster home. She also is crate trained. Because she’s a smart girl and a quick learner, Kayla knows basic commands such as “sit,” “stay,” and “heel.”  She still needs more training to leave an object.  Leash training is a work in progress as well since Kayla pulls a great deal.  Since she was never fed from the table, this polite houseguest is not a beggar.  She’s not at all possessive of her food, water, or toys.  Kayla is a bit of a thief, though, and will steal objects like paper towels, napkins, or anything off of the counter.  It appears that much of this activity is to gain attention from her people, with Kayla hoping for a good game of chase.  Trading for a treat or ignoring the behavior encourages her to give up the prize.
     
    Car rides are not an activity that Kayla enjoys but she hasn’t had much experience with them.  Perhaps fun outings in a car will change this sweetie’s mind.  On the other hand, Kayla loves the water and has past experience with swimming in a lake during the summer months.
     
    Kayla is searching for a family that is willing to take the time to bond with her, love her, and gently encourage her to be the best possible Springer pup she can be.  That special family will be rewarded with kisses and lots of “spinnies!”