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Xena - Swindon

This beautiful girl is Xena, a 3 year old, short haired German Shepherd cross Malinois female looking for a new home with us. 

This poor girl has not had the best start in life and has been regularly crated for long periods of time and managed predominantly through use of a prong and shock collar. As such she is a very stressed young dog in need of some guidance. 

She shows some compulsive tail chewing behaviours along with spinning and barking. She is quite sensitive to noise so will need a calm environment where she has fewer triggers that cause her to react. 

If she thinks she has put a paw wrong she almost instantly reacts by messing herself, she is obviously expecting the pain from the, now non existent, shock collar. She will need someone with a lot of time and patience to make her realise she doesn’t need to be afraid of that any more.

She will also need someone who is home a lot initially as she struggles to be left, this will need to be built up gradually to help her learn this is ok. She wants to be with you wherever you are in the house. 

Xena ideally needs a dog and cat free, adult only home. She needs an environment where she can be given space and peaceful surroundings so she can start to learn to be a dog again. If you think you can offer this please get in touch, the sooner she is placed the sooner her new life can begin. 

**Update 26/2/19**

I had the opportunity to meet this gorgeous girl today. She is truly a stunning dog with a lot of drive and a clever brain. She needs a home where that brain is put to good use, when she has something to do she doesn’t spin and during my visit today she showed very little interest in spinning when out in the run. She responds to commands and is very handler focussed however she greeted me nicely, despite not knowing me, and soon took treats out of my hand. 

Xena will bond tightly with her family and needs someone who is experienced as well as around most of the time or maybe even able to take her to a quiet work environment. She will need support as she settles in to the home and would benefit from living rurally to minimise the sound triggers she struggled so much with when in a town. She would really suit someone interested in training who understands a dog like her won’t be happy to spend her days relaxing on the sofa. If you think that might be you then please get in touch, this girl has a lot to give.



More information
Gender:   Female
Age: 3 years
Color: Black & Tan
Coat: Short
Neutered: Yes
Good with other dogs: No
Good with cats: No
Good with children: No
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