|Looks Like:||Terrier, Staffordshire Bull
|Current Weight:||62 pounds|
|Date of Birth:||2008-11-10|
|Age:||9 years, 8 months|
|Other Info:||TOP Dog Trainee|
|Dog Score:||1 - Would do best not living with other dogs.|
|Cat Score:||2 - There’s potential. Let’s talk about how to slowly integrate dogs and cats!|
|Child Score:||2 - Could potentially live with older children.|
|Home Alone Score:||4 - Has been left home alone somewhat successfully|
Marilla has picked up quite a bit of training. She was already quite knowledgeable and obedient when she arrived at APA, so we sent her into our TOP DOG training program. She had no trouble with that, and now she's one of the best-trained dogs at the shelter.
The Total Obedience Program (TOP) is modeled after the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. As a TOP dog, Marilla has a personalized training plan and works with a volunteer trainer several times a week to help her learn the skills to become the best dog she can be! She is learning skills like sit and down, walking nicely on leash, sitting calmly when approached by strangers or other dogs, staying in a sit or down until told "free," and coming when called.
Once Marilla successfully completes all the skills on her training plan, she will be considered TOP Dog Ready! Marilla is working hard to become a wonderful pet and as a part of APA's Total Obedience Program you can work with APA staff to continue to build a training relationship with Marilla after adoption and master all the TOP dog skills together. Check out a video on APA's CGC program, on which the TOP was based: https://vimeo.com/89434193
Just because she's a serious student doesn't mean she doesn't leave time for a bit of fun. She loves to play with a rope toy, especially if she can coax a game of tug from her favorite person. She's also game for a walk. And after some exercise she's ready to catch up on her beauty sleep.
Marilla is independent, but still affectionate with people. She's never needy or pushy, but she does enjoy a good scratching or belly rub. She's crate trained and will learn the rules of any home quickly. Marilla's got a lot of love to give for a lucky family! Come meet her!