I think things are going pretty well with Amie.
She is probably not a typical puppy mill dog in good part because she is only one year old, and has not been in those awful conditions for many years. I am not sure why a mill would have even relinquished a one year old dog, so her situation is atypical. And yes, she had already been bred & had at least one litter.
Amie actually is very socialized. She loves to be petted, and she is very affectionate. There are no problems with her interactions with my other two. If I am on the couch watching TV or in the office on the computer she will generally be right at my feet. She is just a really sweet little thing.
We are working on her house-breaking, which has been slow so far. The biggest problem is if you take her outside she is slow to go, and sometimes we just don't have an extra half hour to out wait her & we are reluctant to just leave her alone outdoors even though our yard is fenced because it is a pretty large wooded area. She has a favorite spot in the house, and now, of course, we are not letting her have free run to that place. All in all, some progress, but much more work to be done in that regard.
Her other issue is that for some reason she seems afraid of a leash. That is a mystery to me, as I would not have expected a mill dog to have had any exposure to a leash for good or bad. Any thoughts on that one ???
She also really seems to enjoy being outside and exploring our yard. She already has decent re-call if we are in view. However, if we are not in sight & call her she doesn't yet know to come.
All in all she has the potential to be a great dog for a family that will help her to get through those issues.
As to when she goes back, she will be brought back to AH for shots in a week or so. If they think she is adoptable they will keep her, if not, we will have her another few weeks until we have to return her due to our spring vacation.
Knowing Amie, and knowing how quickly small dogs get adopted from AH, I would doubt that she would be in the shelter for more than a week before finding a home. Also, I have some friends who are considering adopting her, in which case, she might not even have to go back to the shelter at all.
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