Pictured on your left is Abbi, a 9-month-old, 9-pound Miniature Pinscher who was rescued from Defiance County. When she first meets people, she is a bit shy, and she barks at male strangers until she is more comfortable. After warming up, though, she is a friendly and affectionate dog, and likes to have her belly rubbed.
While an active dog, Abbi is not hyper, and she likes to sit with the people in our home. She is quite athletic, and prances about the house and yard with what appears to be springs in her legs. She gets along quite well with the other dogs in our home, and likes to wrestle, play tug-of-war, chew on toys, and splash in the walk in tub. When motivated by a treat, Abbi can nimbly dance on two legs, and we are working on the commands on "Sit" and "Stay" with her.
Abbi is still working on being fully housebroken, so her the people in her forever home need to be willing to patiently continue positive reinforcement. She comes when you call her name or when you whistle for her, and she loves to run in the backyard. On a leash, Abbi pulls a bit, so she might do better with a harness on walks in the neighborhood. This skinny girl is a bit underweight, so folks with a picket fence need to watch Abbi to make sure she doesn't slip through, although I should add that Abbi has not exhibited any runaway behavior to this point.
At this point we have not encountered any negative behaviors with Abbi beyond typical puppy curiosity, such as nosing in the trash or chewing on things she finds on the floor. Abbi has been sleeping in a crate at night, which she willingly enters without resistance, suggesting that she was crate-trained at some point. She would probably do best in a home with a higher level of activity, or with an owner who has the time to play with her during the day.
For more information on Abbi, or any other rescue dog, please visit the Planned Pethood website.