Approximately 8 years old | Female | Australian Cattle Dog and Boxer mix | Black and White | Medium sized – approximately 50 pounds | House trained | crate trained | Loose-leash trained | l
Leash reactivity |Great off leash | gets along well with other dogs | NO CHILDREN OR CATS
Meet Maggie, a beautiful and sweet love bug who loves nothing more than balls, belly rubs, trail walks and spending time with her people! In true Cattle Dog fashion, Maggie is completely loyal to her owners. She has a lovely, mellow disposition indoors, and will follow you room to room to lay near you as you go about your day (a sweet shadow!). She adores belly rubs and forehead kisses and will lay at your feet forever if you are willing to continue petting her tummy. She is a supreme snuggle bug, you can lay beside her for a snuggle anytime! Maggie is an active dog, who loves the predictable routine of a couple of walks per day. She is always ready for more exercise but isn’t demanding of more outside her routine. Maggie is up for anything with her owners, whether that’s a neighbourhood walk, trail walk, hike, run (she is an excellent jogging partner), or swim in a lake, and if you give her some chuck-it ball time at some point on the walk, you will have a very happy girl! She will amaze you with her speed for the ball and her incredible leaps to catch it in the air! Maggie is very versatile, and a walk through the neighbourhood with some chuck-it play will satisfy her as much as a hike in the woods. Maggie gets along well with all adults and other dogs once she has had the opportunity to have a slow introduction. She is cautious when meeting strangers but warms up quickly. Unfortunately, Maggie does not get along well with children, and can be reactive towards them. This stems mostly from fear and insecurity and typically presents itself in the form of barking and lunging. As such, we are looking for a home without children so that she can be most comfortable. If you know children that visit the home infrequently, she can be crated or boarded during these times. However, if you have regular visits with children, Maggie would not be suitable for your household. We also don’t recommend that she meet children directly while out and about, but she can walk by children while on leash. We also do not recommend that Maggie live with or meet cats, as she does have a prey drive and will likely try to chase them. While out for walks, Maggie is an excellent companion. She is good at loose leash walking, has great recall off leash, and responds very well to commands.
Maggie can be reactive (barking and lunging) both on and off leash to certain triggers, mostly when she feels they are too close (we call it spatial reactivity). On leash, triggers for her include passing people/dogs too closely, passing movement that appears strange like rollerblades, children running towards her space, or when someone or something surprises her and enters her space. In our experience, Maggie’s leash reactivity is very manageable by keeping an eye on your surroundings for her triggers and by giving her space when passing someone and space when stopping to talk to someone. We recommend avoiding leashed meetings, but with slow introductions Maggie can meet adults and other dogs in a calm environment like a field, trail, yard, etc. Maggie can also be reactive off leash with the same triggers mentioned above, so we recommend keeping her on leash unless in a secured area. Maggie can also be reactive off leash when someone enters a space that she perceives as her own, such as someone entering the home, yard, cottage area, campsite, etc. Understanding this, it’s best to move Maggie to another room or leash her while people enter and let her meet the people on her terms once they have settled (and it's best if they ignore her). Maggie does this excellently with her favourite toy in her mouth (a ball!). We recommend this approach with both new guests and family/friends so that Maggie can meet everyone calmly. Maggie can show mild signs of anxiety with particular triggers. One trigger is the car, and she will whine as you drive to your destination. Keeping her behind a gate or crated in the back is soothing to her and will help limit any distractions for you as you drive. On the way home Maggie is always quiet, relieved to be headed back! Maggie’s anxiety also shows itself during stressful situations, such as if she is crated while people are in the home. She will whine but eventually settle, and her appetite may be off the next day, but this will also settle over the course of the day. Maggie is very smart, and she learns new things very quickly. Maggs is also very food motivated and eager to please. We believe a new owner could further her training or get her involved in a sport if desired (like fly ball, dock diving, scent training, etc.). She loves balls, is a fast runner and an excellent swimmer, so really any activity is great for Maggie. Maggie knows many commands currently (sit, down, stay, wait – which is let me walk ahead on a trail, paw, go to bed, roll over, etc.), and is always up for learning more! Maggie is fully house trained and never has accidents. She is non-destructive and will not harm your shoes or baseboards! When you’re out of the house, Maggie can be left to roam free in the house, but for her saftey and continued training we recommend she be crated. In terms of what we are looking for in Maggie’s forever home, we are looking for a loving home without children. Maggie would do very well with another dog in the home, but she could also be the only pet (unfortunately, she would not get along with a cat or other small animal). Maggie’s love is unconditional, her loyalty is sound, and you will never know loneliness with this incredible girl by your side. She delights in time with her family and adventures in the great outdoors, and loves nothing more than a snuggle at the end of the day. If Maggie sounds like the girl for you, please complete an application and let us know why your home could provide the perfect forever for Maggie!