|Looks Like:||Retriever, Black Labrador
|Current Weight:||48 pounds|
|Date of Birth:||2009-10-20|
|Age:||9 years, 1 month|
|Other Info:||TOP Dog Trainee|
|Dog Score:||2 - Could potentially live with a well matched dog friend. Come speak with us to find out more!|
|Cat Score:||U - No Information Yet|
|Child Score:||2 - Could potentially live with older children.|
|Home Alone Score:||4 - Has been left home alone somewhat successfully|
Bethany's tail is always wagging and she's great with meeting strangers. She's a very affectionate pup and will accept their love and pets for as long as they're willing to give them. In between asking for pets by sweetly sliding her head into your hands, Bethany enthusiastically and fearlessly explores any new environment.
Don't be fooled by her grey whiskers, because Bethany still knows how to play like a puppy. She's very spunky and likes running around the yard to burn off energy and gets hilariously rowdy when she hops into bed for the night. Then she'll flop right down at the end of the bed to settle in for some sweet dreams. This is not the dog who will be in your face waking you up before the sun either; she's perfectly content to get up when you are. But when she does hear you get up, you'll be treated to the THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP of her tail wagging against the bed.
After a good play session or a long walk, Bethany is happy to entertain herself or just take a nap. She's not that interested in toys - when she's offered a tennis ball, she takes this as an offer to be loved on. But she does have one favorite stuffed toy she likes to chomp on and enjoys Kongs stuffed with treats.
Smart and very trainable, Bethany LOVES treats, which makes working with her a breeze. She sits perfectly while she waits to be leashed up, she's 100% house-trained and has been left successfully in her crate. She also does well left home outside of one without getting into any trouble. She won't chew on anything but her Kong or favorite toy and doesn't get in the trash or anything that isn't hers. She does great on car rides and is just so happy for any chance to pal around with you.
Bethany is also learning some new tricks in APA!'s Total Obedience Program. The Total Obedience Program (TOP) is modeled after the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. As a TOP dog, Bethany 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! Bethany is learning skills like down, walking nicely on leash, sitting calmly when approached by strangers or other dogs, staying in a sit or down until told "free," coming when called and "Place", which means she will go to a specific place in your home on command.
Once she successfully completes all the skills on her training plan, Bethany will be considered TOP Dog Ready! She is working hard to become a wonderful companion, and as a part of APA's Total Obedience Program you can work with APA staff to continue to build a training relationship with Bethany 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
It's hard not to fall in love with Bethany's inquisitive, loving and joyful nature. Come meet this sweet girl!