Reasons why we love this dog…
She's eager to learn
She's super playful
She's full of energy
I am a:
I would not like:
An active home who will enjoy training sessions with me
My favourite thing is:
Playing games, especially tug
Exuberant, energetic, clever
Adult only home (no children)
Needs to be an only dog
Not cat trainable
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Meet Coco! This bouncy girl is a two-year-old staffie/whippet, and is definitely full to the brim with beans! She is definitely more staffie (or possibly even collie!) than whippet in behaviour and personality. She’s incredibly intelligent, energetic, enthusiastic and becomes excited easily.
Coco loves to run and play, so a home with a large secure garden in a country environment where she can zoom her head off would be ideal. Coco has previously been a pet, and lived in a home her whole life showing herself to be clean and able to be left for short periods once she is settled.
Coco is currently working hard on her behaviour around other dogs, and is not quite ready for her forever home just yet. Due to negative past experiences she is dog reactive – this means that she will lunge and bark when encountering unfamiliar dogs. Coco is making plenty of new friends and great progress around other dogs in controlled and predictable situations, as long as her handler engages with and supports her. However she is not yet ready for walks out in public, where unfamiliar dogs could appear unexpectedly!
Coco has a lot of canine friends now, but will almost certainly never be a “beach dog” or able to cope with walks in areas with a high population of unfamiliar dogs. Her amazing progress so far must be maintained by following her training program on an ongoing basis, otherwise she is likely to regress.
Although we are still working with Coco, we would consider placing her with an adopter who has access to secure, private land (to exercise her away from other dogs) or a large enough garden to exercise her without going out in public. You must be physically fit (she’s small but she’s strong!) and looking for a project dog to continue working with using reward-based training methods, with support from our behaviour team.
What Coco currently needs:
- A quiet, adult-only home.
- To be an only dog
- A secure garden
- No dogs in neighbouring properties
- Private walking areas where she will not meet other dogs
- An active home – she is not a couch potato and needs activities to occupy her big brain!
- Someone home most of the day while she settles and builds trust in separation from people
- Adopters looking for a “project dog” and who will actively enjoy training Coco