Layla has been in her foster home for a week now and is the sweetest cuddle puppy ever. She doesn't know that she weighs over 50lbs and she doesn't care, she is sure that she'll fit in your lap.
Prior to her surrender, she lived her life, alone, in a pen in a yard. She is now learning proper household manners. She responds to the correction of a spray bottle of water. In fact, she only needs to see the bottle now. She is doing very well with house breaking and has more accident free days, even though she is taking prednisone, which causes excessive thirst and urination. She is keeping her crate dry for up to 7 hours.
Layla spent so much time alone in the past that she doesn't complain about being in a crate. However, she's starting to avoid getting in the crate in the first place. To help develop a positive association she eats in her crate.
Layla loves children, even little ones, but she is rambunctious and might knock them over. She is exceptionally welcoming to little people and their awkward advances. She clearly enjoys toddlers. Of course, like all dogs, she requires appropriate supervision to make sure that she doesn't knock a child down the steps or snatch a snack and get a finger. She has not shown any aggression over food or toys but she does not always remember to take treats nicely.
Layla has enjoyed everyone who she has met, readily offering her belly for rubs. She is not a couch potato. She enjoys jogging, chasing balls, and rough housing with her canine foster brother. She would do well as a companion for another energetic dog and/or a family that spends time outdoors and wants to bring their happy-go-lucky dog along.
She was reported to be a cat chaser. She met cats and small dogs on walks and in the kennel and has shown playful interest but doesn't show any aggression. Because she is energetic and does not know her size, teaching boundaries with smaller animals is important. However, she likely could be taught not to chase cats and small dogs.
Layla came into her foster home not knowing the command "sit," struggled with walking down stairs, and didn't understand how to walk on a leash. She is so young and puppy-like that training her is fun she and she is learning quickly.
Many shepherds do not do well with in a home with lots of new people coming and going. Not Layla! She loves anyone, anytime, anywhere, she would love you too