Sweetie Bell

QUICK FACTS: ✔️ House trained! ✔️ Crate trained! ✔️ Quick learner!

Australian Shepherd Mix|female|2 years old|27 lbs|Adoption Fee $325

Updates from Foster Home: 

Pupdate 3: Sweetie Bell is continuing her training and walks are going great now. She doesn’t bark at all when strange people walk by her, and she just needs a minor correction when she passes strange dogs.  In our home, she might bark once or twice when people ring the doorbell and come into the house, but then will go to her crate or to her “place” on command. Interactions with other dogs in the house or new dogs that come in to our house are going well and she loves to play inside and outside with our resident 1 year old pup, who is 20 lbs. She is not possessive of food or toys and is happy to chew on a bone or chill in her crate or dog bed in the evening after a walk or play time. For a herding breed dog, Sweetie Bell’s energy level is very manageable for her busy foster parents.

Also, Sweetie Bell  is very motivated to please her humans so her training goes quickly.  She recently learned “spin” in one day.

Sweetie Bell is looking for a wonderful family to become her furever home!

Pupdate 2: We have been diligently working with Sweetie Bell on her stranger danger and she’s making great improvement.  In the past, when a new person would come into our home or we’d pass a strange person or dog on the street, Sweetie Bell would bark wildly.  However, after a few sessions with a trainer and with the use of a prong collar, she is learning that she cannot behave this way. Now in these situations she might let out a tiny bark, but it’s in no way like before.   She is also learning the “place” command so that if a new person comes into the house, she knows she has a safe place to go. Sweetie Bell is a smart girl who is eager to please, and so she learns new skills quickly.

Sweetie Bell’s ideal adopter would either have experience with dogs, or be willing to learn the skills needed to continue to work with her to be the best dog she can be.  We, her foster parents, are happy to pass on all the knowledge we have gained in learning how to train her. Anyone who adopts her should be comfortable using a prong collar, as this tool has helped her improve dramatically.

Sweetie Bell is a very loving dog to the people she knows.  She’s highly trainable, potty trained and crate trained. She’s even started putting herself to bed at night in her crate! She just needs a firm and patient family who will help her continue building her confidence so she sees that new people aren’t something to be afraid of.

Pupdate 1: Hello, I’m Sweetie Bell! I am a smart, energetic girl who traveled all the way from Louisiana to find my forever home in Wisconsin.

My foster parents tell me I’m a “herding dog,” though I’ve never met a sheep! Given my breed, I’d do best with an active family who will take me on walks or runs regularly so I can get my energy out.  My foster parents take me on regular walks and long runs once or twice a week, and really enjoy those. I do well on a leash (I don’t pull or zig zag). When I get my energy out, I’m a better behaved dog at home.  

I get along well with the other dogs in my foster home, and love to play with them! But I do have a little stranger danger to work on with strange dogs I see on walks (more about that later).  

I’m a really smart girl.  By the time I came to Wisconsin, I already knew “sit,” “shake,” and “down.”  My foster parents have been working with me on learning “stay” and “crate,” as well as reinforcing the commands I already know.  They are also working with me to learn patience, because when I get excited – especially when its meal time – I jump three feet straight into the air!  So now I have to “sit” and “stay” for a minute before I can eat. I’m getting really good at waiting!

When I first came to Wisconsin, I wasn’t used to being crated and didn’t like my crate.  However, I’ve learned it’s my safe space and will now go into my crate by myself and just hang out there if I need a break or a nap.  But, my foster parents are pretty sure I’d do ok being uncrated if my forever family wanted that. I’ve never chewed on anything I shouldn’t (I love chewing on my nyla-bones and toys, but not shoes and other things around the house!) and I’m totally potty trained! I also sleep through the night in my dog bed on the floor.    

But, I’m not perfect.  I was treated for heartworm back in Louisiana and I’m all better now! But my forever family will need to make sure I get my preventative heartguard pills monthly so that I can live a long and healthy life.  I also have a bit of stranger danger, and I bark when I see strange people and dogs out on walks, or if someone new comes into my house. My foster parents are working on redirecting my behavior and teaching me that I am safe and not in danger.   I also get really excited and bark when I hear the garage door going up when my foster parents get home from work. I can’t wait to see them! Given my barking in these situations (I’m quiet otherwise), I might not be the best apartment dog.

If you think I might be a good addition to your family, come and meet me!