Samantha (Sammi) (Adopted!) is a snuggler and a sweetheart. She is about 1 year old and weighs 46 lbs. Sammi has a strong desire for human affection and attention. She loves being petted. She has the cattle dog desire to be with you where ever you go. If sitting at your desk or watching television, Sammi likes to be near or touching you, and will lay at your feet under your desk or lean on your legs.
Sammi loves soft, squeaky toys and tennis balls. As a young dog, she is happy and playful. Sammi will bring her toys to you to try to entice you to play with her. She is eager to please, listens well and immediately minds what people say to her. She is extremely smart and her foster mom says she wants to be a good dog.
Sammi is a love bug, and likes to spontaneously come to you to shower you with kisses. If you lavish attention on her, she can become very excited and become a bit mouthy if she gets carried away in an effort to play. In her desire to play, she will sometimes grab and pull on your hand, sleeve or pant leg.
This young girl is very good with other dogs. She interacts well with other dogs and wants to be friends with them. She is interested in cats, but not too active about it. At this time, we cannot yet say how she will interact with cats. Every indication, so far, is that Sammi is house trained. She will go to the door to signal that she needs to go out. There have been no accidents, and she know how to use the doggie door. Our girl is clearly comfortable in a house, and loves the comfort of getting up on an overstuffed armchair or sofa. She will need to be taught the "off" command.
Sammi knows 'sit,' but needs to learn basic obedience training. Sammi does not like going into a crate, but when once inside a crate, she is quiet and very good. She can be good on leash, but when very excited, she will go in several directions at once. Sammi's foster mom is working with her on basic obedience and crate training.
As a very smart, young dog, barely out of puppyhood, Sammi will need lots of activities to keep her mind and body busy. She is NOT a super energetic dog. But, as a moderately active dog, she still will need daily exercise and activities to keep her occupied and stimulated. When she is happy and playing in your company, she is not destructive. However, if left alone and bored for a long period, she will find her own 'toys' and entertainment - she will dig and chew on things, such as garden hoses and gardening tool handles.
In summary, Sammi is a super sweet, loving and wonderful companion. She is a very fast and motivated learner, who is more than halfway to being a perfect pet. She is still very puppyish in her desire to play and need for guidance, and daily exercise.