dachshund Mix|female|1.25 years old|26 lbs|Adoption Fee $275
Updates from Foster Home:
Pupdate 2: We wanted to say a bit more about Ronni’s submissive peeing, since that may scare off some potential adopters and it really shouldn’t. It’s only occurred twice, and both times were in our first two weeks of fostering her, when she was still adjusting to a new home. She doesn’t fully empty her bladder if she’s scared, either, it’s just a few drops of pee, so it’s not a huge mess to clean up. Generally, though, Ronni is a really happy and outgoing dog, and not scared of anything so far besides a raised voice (as in “Ronni no!” when we’re trying to stop her from going for that delicious croissant or our resident dog’s breakfast). She’s participated in two Fetch events while we’ve been fostering her – bingo on the Karben4 patio and the Fetch space at the Waunakee Chocolate Walk. At both events, she did great with meeting lots of new people and a few new pups, and loved getting pets (lots of belly rubs!) and attention at both events. As you can see from her profile photos, Ronni often has a smile on her face!
Pupdate 1: Ronni is a spunky little lady looking for her forever home. Her vet paperwork from Alabama says she is a “feist,” which is a small breed of hunting dog more common in the South. However, she has the short little legs and long body of a dachshund and the markings of a miniature pinscher (those eyebrows!). We don’t really know what breed of dog she is for sure, but she’s cute!
And she’s smart! Ronni got the hang of “sit” within less than 24 hours of being in our home, which is faster than any other foster dog we’ve had. We are working on teaching her other commands as well. She is food motivated, so we think she will be easy to train.
Ronni has been friendly and outgoing since we first met her. This girl is not shy! She gets along well with our resident dogs and loves to play with them. Ronni loves going for walks and we’ve taken her on one run, which she enjoyed. She also enjoys cuddling on the couch. I think she’d love a home where she’s allowed to sleep in bed with the humans. Unfortunately, her foster parents don’t allow dogs in the bed.
She’s also done really well with potty training, and has not had any accidents in the house when let out regularly (or crated). We currently leave her uncrated at night and she hasn’t had any accidents for the 8-9 hours we are sleeping. She also sleeps through the night. We crate her while we are at work. She goes into her crate easily with a little coaxing with treats, and has done well with being crated during the day.
But, no dog is perfect. Ronni is a bit of a food thief, and will try to take human food if left unsupervised. In her first week in our home, she was lucky enough to steal half a croissant off of the coffee table when her foster parents weren’t looking, and boy did she enjoy it! Luckily, her short little legs mean she isn’t tall enough to “counter surf” and take food from off of kitchen cabinets. Ronni is also a “submissive pee-er,” meaning that if she’s scared she may pee a little in fear. During “the croissant incident,” when her foster parents were trying to take the croissant away from her, she became a little afraid and peed. We’ve had other foster dogs have this issue, which lessened or stopped altogether over time as the dog became more comfortable with us and this may be true with Ronni as well. We’ve only had her a week and she is still adjusting to a new home. However, because of this issue, Ronni would do best in a home that will train her by “positive reinforcement” rather than by scolding her. Despite these few issues, Ronni is a great dog and will be a wonderful addition to a family.