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Giggles D170712

Catahoula Leopard Dog / Mixed (short coat) / Female / Young

Details about Giggles D170712

  • ID D170712
  • Adopted for Adoption
  • Dog
  • Merle
  • Coatlength: Short
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Good with Dogs: Yes
  • Good with Adults: All
  • Reaction to New People: Friendly

More about Giggles D170712

  • Energy Level: Moderate
  • Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor Only

Name: Giggles
Age: 10 months on 4/15/17
Gender: Female
Breed:  Catahoula mix
Weight: 33 lbs
Dog friendly: Yes!  Canine buddy required :)
Cat friendly: TBD
Kid friendly:  With older dog-savvy kids, toddlers not recommended
House Trained: Yes
Crate Trained: In progress
Energy level: Puppy!
History: From a shelter in Missouri
Adoption Fee: $350

 

From the Foster:

Giggles is a very sweet, shy young lady.  She loves her people and all the dogs in her pack.  She is a bit hesitant at first when meeting a new person or dog, but then becomes quite the snuggle bug once she has a chance to check you out.  She really loves to lick you and her dog buddies too.  She will jump up and try to “hug” new people once she decides they are okay.  She is just such a lover and is so happy to be able to be near people. <3


Giggles is very sensitive to noise and is easily startled by any loud noise and/or quick movement.  She will instantly freeze and try to hide behind you, her dog buddy, under a chair, etc.  For that reason, small children are not recommended. 

Giggles loves playing with other dogs!  She is a very gentle wrestler and loves playing a lot.  She will steal toys to get attention when her playmate is ignoring her.  She is also quite the chewer – she loves having a toy to chew.  She is a considerate player, seems to follow doggy etiquette, and plays gently with dogs smaller than her.  Giggles will probably need another dog in her forever family to show her how to dog.  She is learning quickly from her foster brother, but is still very hesitant when he is not around.  :)

While Giggles is not super high energy, she does require a moderate amount of exercise and play. She does well with a short walk in the morning, another longer walk after work, and an hour or two (minimum) of play with her dog buddy.  That seems to be the right amount to tucker her out for the day. :)  Once she is trained and is okay being left out during the day, she will most likely be fine with less walking. :)

Giggles loves and needs to be around her people & her pack.  She will follow you from room to room and cry if she is stuck behind a gate/door and can’t get to you or her doggy friends.  She is okay being crated during the day, but still doesn’t like it.  She may need to be bribed with very tasty treats (LOVES peanut butter in her Kong!) and “helped” to go in the crate, which we are working on.  She will whine for a few minutes before settling down.  She will also bark/whine if she hears someone and thinks she is being ignored.  She is destructive if left out though, so crating is probably necessary until she learns what she is allowed to chew on and what is verboten (doors and furniture are apparently tasty? ;) ). 

Giggles seems to be a sighthound.  I would guess she is a Greyhound-mix rather than Catahoula.  She is VERY fast and definitely responds when she sees prey.  She walks on her leash very well when she has another dog to help guide her, but if she sees a squirrel or rabbit - she needs to be redirected FAST!  She will chase her prey and could easily yank the leash out of your hand.   She also can easily jump fences.  She does not jump the gates inside (so far), but if she is on the hunt, I don’t think a 4’ fence would stop her.  She is very single minded once she is on the chase.  I would highly recommend either a tall fence with supervision and/or for her to be leashed at all times outside.   :)

Because of her high prey drive, it is not known if Giggles would be okay living with cats.  Giggles is living with a cat now, but the cat hasn’t come out to meet her yet. 

Giggles aversion to loud noises and startle response needs to be considered with regards to her training as well.  I have tried using several clickers, but they all seem to be a bit “harsh” for her and made her jump :(.  She does respond very well to redirection though, and is highly motivated by the right kind of high-value treat (She really loves the Zukes Mini Naturals Rabbit Flavor).   :)

If you are a patient dog-knowledgeable family looking for a loving “shadow” dog and have another dog who can help her continue to become a confident adult dog - then Giggles may be the right dog for you!