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Nelli

Personality Color: green

Green dogs are a bit more shy and sensitive, maybe a little anxious, but are sweet and they try hard. These dogs will flourish with patient adopters providing gentle guidance and confidence building. They are likely too timid for active homes with children, and would do best in a calm, quiet home getting the TLC they deserve.
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  • adult
  • female

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Hello, are you here to see me? I’m a very timid and shy girl, please go slow with me. I can be pretty anxious, although I don’t like to show it. I LOVE to sniff using my hound nose—I’d be great at nosework or scent games. Once I’m comfortable, you’ll see how very sweet I am. I need a quiet and gentle home with patient people who will help me feel safe and build me up. Is it with you?

Kids 13+, dog-savvy kids, very fearful
Dogs: Tucked tail, tolerated sniffing, then moved away. Slow & careful intros with gentle dogs.

Here’s a note from her foster mom:

We are taking time, patience, and lots of praise and treats to get her comfortable and more trusting of us. She comes to me regularly for pets and checking in to be sure I am around. She has had some trouble settling at night, likely due to new environment and some separation anxiety.

Aside from having a blast with Mabli, our new puppy, she loves her new bed, loves to “collect” dog toys there, and is enjoying being out in the yard. Today I will try a short leash walk down the street along with Mabli.

She is super sweet, loves cuddles when she gets comfortable with you, looks for assurance, and listens well. She has met another person, and warmed up within 10 minutes.

She is coming out of her shell a bit more and is certainly content when hanging out and playing with her buddy. She has met 2 new people, and is more timid around males initially.

She is showing more signs of separation anxiety. Especially towards me. Even if I go to another room, she immediately looks for me. She has gone over a tall gate we have set up to keep her from upstairs (where the cat stays), after I went up for a few minutes to start laundry.

She is highly anxious about being in the crate, even when I am in the room (this was last night at bed, so I did let her out to sleep on her bed in the guest room where I slept, with the door closed. Today, she was in her crate for 30 minutes after my husband left, and I came back from work. She tore and chewed her crate pad with fluff everywhere and much saliva. She has been keeping me in her sight since.

We continue to give them ample time to be outside and run around and play, and they love it. A second short leash walk today was successful.

So far, we’d definitely recommend a family with a confident and chill dog/puppy and a family who has the time, patience, and understanding to work with her on the intense separation anxiety and anxiety about being in a crate.

I would go further and say the ideal family will have experience with either labs and/or separation anxiety. It can be fixed successfully, but it requires time and patience and focus.

Oh and she loves her chew toys! We bought a few for aggressive chewers that have helped. And of course the kong with some peanut butter is great. 🙂