- Aeryn is a 1 year, 2 mo. old Pug & Whippet in REDMOND, WA
As soon as we met Aeryn, she immediately licked us, cuddled, and even fell asleep in my husband's lap. At that moment, we knew she needed to be part of our family. She loves almost every toy we give her, and she's one of the most playful dogs I've ever met. She's loves to play fetch indoors or outdoors. She's very friendly and excited to meet and play with new doggy buddies. She is also a very smart dog and is able to identify over a dozen different dog toys from her collection by name. She loves to cuddle up with people, especially if they have her beloved purple crate blanket nearby. Aeryn is a big fan of puzzle toys and usually plays with one daily to keep her mind active. We like to share these toys with any doggy guests that show interest in them.
- Sex: Female
- Age: 1 year, 2 mo. old
- Weight: 20 lbs
- Breed: Pug & Whippet
- Tracking Chip: Yes
- Spayed: Yes
- House Trained: Yes
Aeryn's house-training is great as long as she gets let out every 3-4 hours or is put in her crate for longer periods (8-9 hours max). Once she's let outside, she responds well to the "Go potty" command she's known since she was 4 months old. We usually use "go potty" when she gets distracted by something outside. Aeryn's also trained to use a potty bell hung on the door to let us know when she needs to go. She uses it very reliably at this point, but she will occasionally hit it for fun to be let outside to play with Cora or another doggy buddy. If she's had a break in the last 3-4 hours, chances are she doesn't need to go again. We sometimes confiscate the bells if she's insistent about a false potty break request.
- Gets along with children: Yes
Aeryn likes to meet kids and get them to play with her, but she is still learning not to jump on them out of excitement. Some smaller kids are not comfortable with her for this reason, and her jumping habit is becoming less of an issue, since it's been a focus of our training sessions since we adopted her.
- Gets along with other dogs: Yes
Aeryn is a very energetic young dog that loves to play with other dogs and make new friends. While she always means well and has never ever injured another dog while playing, she sometimes struggles with the temptation to play with a new doggy acquaintance, that might not be interested in playing with her. She responds to growls and snarls, and will absolutely not bug a dog that is hostile towards her. However, her lifelong training and my consistent intervention of this behavior has made it a much less frequent issue. Once it's established that a dog should be left alone, she will obey and settle down after being with your more laidback pooch for a while. It's just the initial excitement of meeting a new furry friend that makes her urge to play with them so great.
- Gets along with cats: Yes
Not sure. She hasn't met any cats yet, but I imagine she would get along fine. However, since she's never met one, she may not know how to respect a less-than-friendly cat's personal space. She has a strong prey drive towards small animals like birds, rabbits, and squirrels, but I don't know if that would translate to her potential relations with cats.
While she isn't 100% reliable in responding, she is usually very obedient and responsive to commands. She understands the following commands: sit, off, down, go potty, leave it, wait, quiet, drop it, heel, and come/let's go. It's always helpful to tell her "good" when she's listened to a command and if she stops an undesirable activity when told "no". If she's jumping on people, she responds to "No" much faster than "Off", but combining the two in that order is the best way to get her to listen quickly. This has become less of an issue for her as an adult dog, but when she's very excited she can have difficulty resisting this old habit of hers.