Sunday, May 26, 2013

Norah our foster puppy

Meet Norah! My newest foster puppy. She is a Formosan Mountain Dog, a native breed to Taiwan. Norah is around 5-6 months old, probably around 35 lbs and just a sweetheart. Norah is the second Formosan Mountain Dog I am fostering. The first one got adopted by one of my best friends.

I decided to do more research on this breed as KanDee, my first Formosan Mountain Dog, was super friendly and very mature. Norah is a shy girl and in desperate need of exposure to the daily things in life.

Wikipedia has this to say about the breed: "The Formosan is a high energy, loyal, affectionate, and intelligent breed that learns very quickly. In unfamiliar situations though, they tend to be wary of strangers and sounds, and at times, they can possibly become fear-aggressive. In new situations where the dog is fear-aggressive, it can take a few days before the dog will calm down. If comfortable and well-trained, the Formosan will be friendly to people and other animals, though they tend to be a bit aloof or suspicious of strangers, once they have bonded with their owner. Once bonded, they are extremely loyal and affectionate to their owners. Due to the breed's alertness, these dogs can make great guard dogs, but if not well-trained, the Formosan can become overly protective and aggressive towards strangers."

With this info in mind it will make it easier for me to set up a training plan. I've only had her for 12 hours but it wasn't difficult to figure out her energy level, her affectionate part and the fact she learns fast. She is fearful but we are about to change that. I will post more pictures either on the blog or on our Facebook site if you would like to follow Norah's adventure to becoming a well trained dog.

Below is my first attempt to capture a picture of Norah with my big camera. She does not like the big black thing and we let it be. Over the next few days we will use DS/CC to help her overcome her fear of all the scary things in life! If you are interested in adopting her please contact Love & Second Chances Rescue.

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