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Hi everyone, my name is Rizzo, aka ‘The Pink Lady’. I’m a 2 year old Rottweiler / German Shepherd mix with the colours of the Rotty and the snout of a German Shepherd. My Foster Dad (FD) says I have the best of both breeds and am quite a looker and I’m here to say he ain’t wrong. I weigh about 25 kg (55lbs) but still have a bit of loose skin to grow in to. I absolutely love being in my rescue home. Don’t let anyone tell you a Rotty can’t be a lap dog because I am at my happiest when I am curled up with my FD on his lap in his Lazy boy chair. He gently strokes my head and I will stay there for hours! I do the same when we sit on the couch but if I’m being honest, I prefer the lap and the Lazy boy.
I love my people; I just want to be near them at all times. I love to gives kisses on the chin and lean up against you just to show you how much love I have to give. I am working on my confidence now because things weren’t always as good for me as they are today. I will let you know when someone’s at the door but I’ll let you go check if its safe before I come out ok? Once you say hello to them then I will come over for some sniffs and scratches but until then I’ll be over here on the couch.
My FD has a cat who for the most part ignores me and unless she running directly in front of my face, I pretty much ignore her too. While I am curious about other dogs, I’m not all that comfortable with them and it would probably be best if I was your only pet. After all I am not OK with sharing my (I guess technically your) lap with anyone else. I have met another calm and well-mannered dog and did well with him so would consider a home with a dog like that. But it would have to be a dog that wouldn’t fight with me for your attention. I need all of the pets!! I haven’t had a chance to hang out with any small children but I don’t think I would have any issue with them except I could see me pushing them over if they are very little only in an effort to try and get closer to them. A home with kids 7years plus would be considered for me.
I am ok in the car but if I am in the back seat with no one to keep me company I do tend to inch my way towards the front seat to get closer to my FD. But once I get there I want to get in his lap and he says the car is where he draws the line about me being a lap dog. So he doesn’t let me in the front and keeps me in the back so I put my head on the middle console and sneak a lick on the elbow when he’s not looking.
I have a pretty good grasp on the basic commands, Sit and Down. Come is one I know but that is more about just wanting to be with my people as much as possible. If anyone else but my FD tries to get me to come it takes a bit before I will go. This is something we can continue to work on after you take me home and we go to obedience school. It’s part of Pound Dogs adoption requirements and I think it’s a great way for us to bond and really get to know each other. I really love the treats when I get it right, it’s a lot of fun. We are attending training now to help with my overall confidence and it’s going great, I get a little nervous at the start but by the end of the class I am so happy I am not sure what I was worried about in the first place.
When I first got here, I was a little nervous to go out in the back yard without my FD coming out with me. After a while I realized that I will always be able to come back in and then I felt comfortable to go out on my own. I have never had any accidents in the house and go to the door when it’s time.
We have been working on crate training, I’m not gonna lie, I am not a fan. Like I said before my favourite place is in your lap so unless you are coming in there with me it’s not where I want to be. We’ve been working on me going in there while my FD is still home for increasing periods at a time. I can still be a bit fidgety but eventually I will settle. I started out sleeping in a crate at the end of my FD bed but after a couple of weeks I started to sleep at the end of the bed and I much more enjoy that. I’m totally OK if you want to sleep in, I like my sleep too. Until you decide to get up, I’m good all nice and comfy at the foot of your bed. Once you wake up and reach out to pet me though then it’s on and it’s time to show you how much I love you with face kisses.
I do not do so well in the crate when no one is at home. That causes me a bit of anxiety that comes out in barking trying to get you to come back home. Because of this I think it would be best if I got to a detached home. We have been trying to get me used to being alone by going in the crate while my FD goes downstairs out of site for set periods of time. It’s a work in progress and I am confident I can get there with your help. To start though it would be best if someone is home with me most of the time. Someone who works from home, or a couple with opposite shifts, or a retired family would suit me well. I won’t want to be in a home right now where my people are gone for hours every day.
I love to go for walks, I have a short leash and an expanding leash and I am good on either. I will walk right beside you with no pulling on my short leash and when I have my expanding leash, I like to explore but the slightest pull from my FD I stop or walk back to him right away. If we pass people, I give them a sniff and good to keep going. Other dogs I tend to pull a little harder. A few pops on the leash though and I’m over it and we are off again. If the weather is not great for walking, I’m really not that bothered as long as we can still snuggle up on the couch, I am good to wait until tomorrow.
That is pretty much everything about me I could think of to tell you. Now I can’t wait to meet you and show you in person just how awesome it will be to have me join your family. Can’t wait to meet you, Love Rizzo, Leader of the Pink Ladies
Hey everyone Rizzo said it was OK if I wrote a few words here as well. My name is Kenickie (Rizzo told me to say that, it’s actually Greg) and I am the fore mentioned Foster Dad. Rizzo had a rough start with a previously poor diet and her confidence issues but since she’s been here, I have seen her grow into such an amazing loving dog who wants nothing more than to love you. She will bring so much joy to one lucky family so if you don’t want to miss out on this pink lady be sure to send in an application, you will never regret it.