Car: Good, carsick
Crate Skills: Excellent
Leash Skills: Good
Energy Level: High
Confidence: Insecure, curious
Behaviours: Puppy tendencies
Best traits: Affectionate, sweet, very smart, loves training, quiet, playful
Needs work: Basic training, puppy tendencies (jumping, mouthing, 4 on the floor)
Adoption Fee: $650
Mandatory Training: All Taffy's Legacy dogs requires a home that can commit to their training with a professional trainer to set dogs up for success. We have partnered with Training Dogs Online to give Taffy's Legacy adopters 50% off to their lifetime program, however we can also recommend other great local or online programs. Adoptions will not be finalized till we have proof of signing up with a training program that we approve of.
Vetting: Piper is fully vetted and spayed. She has no known health concerns.
Piper is being fostered in Guelph, Ontario
Birthdate: April 20, 2021
Piper (F) is a 1 yo American Bulldog. She is currently living with her foster mom, cat sibling and a gecko in an apartment.
Piper is house and crate trained. She loves her crate and will launch into it for a treat, and is happy napping in her crate for an 8+ hour day while her foster mom works. Although she is good crated, Piper is a high energy girl and enjoys lots of exercise before and after work. She is house trained and will whine to let her people know if she needs to go to the bathroom.
Piper enjoys her walks and walks loose leash the majority of the time, focused on her people. She also enjoys sniffing and checking out the environment. Piper can be nervous of loud noises and fast cars - her intake home was on a country property on an 80km/h road, and she would be nervous when big busses or trucks passed the driveway. Another great way to tire Piper out is through training - mental exercise is more tiring than physical exercise! Treat puzzles, training games and learning new tricks are a great way to keep Piper busy! Her foster home describes her as 70% happy go lucky/confident, and 30% nervous. Socialization, positive experiences and advocating for Piper should help build her confidence.
Piper lived with 3 dogs on her intake home, and is very friendly and playful with them - almost TOO friendly and playful! Piper has a puppy attitude and likes to put her paws on other animals, get in their face, and body check them, which not all other dogs enjoy. Piper is working on more appropriate play, and reading body language to not overwhelm calmer, more sensitive or nervous dogs. Piper did well with her shelter test with cats, and is currently learning to live with her feline foster brother! She is very playful, and may chase a cat if it bolts, but is very calm and ignores her feline foster brother when she's playing with a toy.
Piper loves all people, and wants to greet new people by running up to them and jumping on them. Piper is working on a calmer, more mature greeting. While she is friendly with children, she could be too energetic and rude at this point. Applicants with young children must be aware that they will need to put in some work and teach her proper boundaries and appropriate interactions with kids.
Piper has been well behaved in the car, and really enjoys jumping into the car, but does get carsick after about 20 minutes.
Piper is a very smart and eager to please puppy in a big adult body! She learns quickly, but her new home will need to keep in mind that she still needs to work on some puppy behaviours like jumping up, mouthing, impulse control and being calm in the house. She is a very smart girl and with boundaries, direction and proper communication, she will learn very quickly!
Here is what Piper's foster parents have to say about her:
"Piper is such a beautiful smart girl, we can't believe she ended up in the shelter! Piper is an absolute sweetheart and would love to be in a home where she gets lots of attention. She will also need a family that wants to work on training with her as she's just a puppy and has a lot of potential. She is very food motivated and smart so training with her is a lot of fun! If you're looking for an adventure buddy she could be your girl, you're just going to have to get her confidence up first because new places can be very overstimulating for her. the stronger your bond and communication is, the easier time she'll have being comfortable on the adventure.
Piper is a high energy girl and has some puppy tendencies, so she needs supervision and guidance to make good decisions. She wants to be the center of attention at all times, and still needs to learn to be patient when the humans need to focus on other things. With a bit of training and guidance, Piper will make her future furever family so happy!"