6 year old • Female • 55 lbs
Ketch is black, white, and tan with floppy ears, and white under her chin and down the front of her neck. Although she has no tail, she wags her little stump.
A smart, strong-willed dog, Ketch needs a job to do. Obedience, agility or nosework training would be best. Alternatively, she can be someone’s running partner (she is very athletic). She does require plenty of exercise, both physical (walks, running, agility) and mental (obedience and trick training, impulse control training). Ketch is highly motivated by food and loves to play with toys, which makes training easier. She can, however, be very stubborn at times, so training her requires some effort. We are currently working on basic obedience training with her (Ketch is a jumper and a very strong puller) and impulse control. We are looking for an experienced dog owner who enjoys dog training and is not intimidated by a challenge.
Ketch loves people, but her high energy level makes her unsuitable for families with young children. Ketch has been introduced to other dogs, but she is, unfortunately, not good with them. She will only be adopted to experienced dog owners that currently do not have any other dogs (and do not plan to add new dogs to their family in the future). She cannot be trusted with cats or other small animals, either. Ketch is currently undergoing behavior modification training, which will hopefully make her reactivity to other dogs less prominent. However, we will still only adopt her to single-dog homes.
Ketch is fully crate- and house-trained. She still has a tendency to chew on inappropriate objects, but providing enough exercise and appropriate chewing items is enough to alleviate this problem. Ketch is healthy, full of energy, and waiting for a patient human who is willing to invest time and energy in her training to help her reach her full potential.
Ketch is up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, spayed, and heartworm negative.
Ketch was found as a stray and spent several months at a local shelter. While at the shelter, the volunteers spent time working with her, teaching her some basic skills, socializing her in playgroups, and even teaching her to navigate a couple of agility obstacles.
IAR subsidizes post-adoption professional training with Jane Marshall (www.cheerydogs.com) to encourage a life-long and successful bond between the dog and the adopter. Group classes for puppies and adult dogs are provided at a substantial discount to IAR adopters.