Xena takes time to get to know you. She is quite an independent lady and likes her space. This may be because she is fairly new to us and this environment or she may just be used to her own space. As she was a stray we have no information as to what she has been used to previously. From our observations of her behaviour and reactions in the centre, she is friendly to most but she can be wary of close contact. Xena is currently in season so hormonal changes may cause her to react slightly different. She has taken a disliking to another female dog here so may not get on with all dogs she meets. Xena likes to keep cosy and seems quite active. Xena can guard toys and treats she likes such as squeaky soft toys and bones so she will need an owner who will continues ‘swapsies’ training (offering her a higher value treat or toy to get her to leave the item she has) as opposed to telling her off or causing more confrontation by trying to take the items off her. Xena does pull on lead but walks better on a harness and will need someone to continue her on lead work.
Xena was brought into us by the council after she was found near Newton Stewart. She was not wearing a tag or a microchip and nobody has been in touch to claim her. On arrival to the centre she had a sore on her leg which was causing her discomfort so we took her to the vets to get it examined and treated.
Xena is on medication for her lick granuloma on her leg, including antibiotics and Isoderm cream as well as a buster collar to prevent her licking it. This is improving but will need monitored. We do not know how she would cope living with other animals or if she has had experience of this before. We feel she needs a home without children as she can snap if she feels unsure.
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