Adoption Spotlight: Meet Eliza!

Eliza, a (large) lap dog!

Eliza, a (large) lap dog!

Meet Eliza, a wonderful dog looking for a new home. When Eliza first came to the ARLGP we noticed reactive behaviors from her while she was in her kennel, and reached out to local dog trainer and ARLGP foster, Adam Ricci, to work with her. We knew Eliza needed time outside her kennel, for us to see her in a home atmosphere and what type of family would be ideal for her.

If you are looking for a new dog who is smart, affectionate and a true companion, please read all about Eliza below. We hope interested adopters will stop by to meet her. She is a wonderful girl, who deserves a loving home.

Eliza is insecure with new situations and new people and it will be important for any adopter to be willing to attend some form of training to learn positive reinforcement training methods.  Eliza has shown that she is very eager to please her people and takes cues from them in making her decisions.

Eliza with her foster mom.

Eliza with her foster mom.

Eliza’s willingness to please her people allows her to overcome her insecurities very quickly.  Eliza is very smart and quick to learn new behaviors.  Even though she has many of the skills taught in training it will be an important function in building a new positive relationship with her adopters.

A crate is not recommended for Eliza, as she has shown that she is smart enough and physically capable of escaping a crate when left alone. Eliza would utilize the crate at night as a place to sleep and as a home base when she needed alone time.  So an open crate or the creation of quiet space for her would be ideal.  When outside of the crate Eliza did not exhibit any destructive behaviors or separation anxiety.  Eliza appeared to be housetrained during her foster period.

Eliza’s foster home had a small child of the age of 4.  Eliza could get excited at times, but she showed great self-control by not jumping up or knocking over the child.  Eliza was generally happy to see the child and looked forward to the “free” treats that children usually provide.  Having children in the home would be fine. As with any dog, dog and child interaction and play should always be monitored by an adult.

Eliza loves belly rubs!

Eliza loves belly rubs!

Eliza can be reactive towards new animals, and is very aroused by cats in a home.  It is not recommended that her adoptive family have cats. Eliza has not shown any desire to interact or play with another dog once introduced.  Eliza experienced a Chihuahua puppy and an older Beagle in her foster home.  Ideally, Eliza would be the only dog in the household but another dog may be suitable depending on temperament or added to the household after Eliza has established a relationship and comfort level in a household.

Eliza bonds with the people in her life and will look to them to help her to make appropriate decisions.  Her primary goal in the course of the day is to please her people and she will work extremely hard for their affection. Proper training and new experiences will help Eliza overcome her insecurities.  Eliza has all of the potential to be a very rewarding dog for someone willing to work with her and train her.


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