Mia

Discussion in 'Meet the Dogs' started by tylerthegiant, May 9, 2013.

  1. tylerthegiant Well-Known Member

    Age: just over 2
    Sex: Female
    Favorite Food: Anything other than vegetables
    List of Tricks: I don't know what constitutes a trick, so I'll list known cues
    1. Sit
    2. Down
    3. Stay
    4. Come
    5. Leave it
    6. Drop it
    7. Which hand?
    8. Shake
    9. High five
    10. Wait
    11. Okay (release word)
    Mia knows very little for several reasons, she is very submissive and just offers appeasement gestures during training when the expected reward is withheld instead of offering behaviors. If appeasement gestures don't appear to appease she shuts down completely and slinks away LOL. She is also very easy to manage, so formal training hasn't been as necessary. As an extremely soft dog generally a stern look keeps her from ever doing something naughty again. Also she's really mostly my daughter's dog, her shadow, so mostly DD has worked with her at the level she and Mia are at.

    Toys-She loves all toys, especially tug toys

    Habits-Mia follows my daughter everywhere and spends a ton of time with her in her room. She is very shy meeting new people, loves all other dogs and to play, play, play. She still boredom chews sometimes.

    Problems-The overly submissive thing I mentioned. Chewing on occasion, and jumping. She is very puppyish in every way.

    Strengths-She is super sweet, smallest of the dogs so easy to have on a lap, and it always feels like we still have a puppy in the house because Mia is what I call a perpetual pup. I hope that never changes.

    Temperament-shy, high to moderate energy level, playful, very affectionate and sweet, this is the dog that always shows her belly, wants to lick you in the face, paw to show she wants to play, this is my peter pan pup, acting like a pup works so well for her I don't know that she'll ever give it up!

    And anything else you'd like us to know-this is my DD's heart dog! My daughter is disabled with a serious mental illness, so you could call Mia a "therapy dog" because she keeps my daughter grounded, gives her a sense of responsibility to another, keeps her from isolating, listens and never judges. Mia, even mostly untrained, helps us in this house a lot in her way.

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  2. brody_smom Experienced Member

    She sounds like a very special girl. How wonderful for your DD to have a "heart dog" like her.
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  3. tylerthegiant Well-Known Member

    She is a lovely dog, and I appreciate what she means to my DD very much.
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  4. MaryK Honored Member

    Mia is a very special and beautiful lady, those beautiful soft eyes, just so sweet:love: . That's so heart warming she's DD's 'heart dogs', that's obviously her purpose in life, wonderful and very, very special.
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  5. blacknym Experienced Member

    She does sound super sweet. :)
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  6. Gordykins Experienced Member

    She is completely adorable. Sounds like she just means the world to your daughter... she'll remember her for forever.
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  7. tylerthegiant Well-Known Member

    She is a sweet, sweet girl. Not a lot of training to brag about, but when a dog gives back that much, who says they need to know 50 commands and 100 tricks? ;)
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  8. MaryK Honored Member

    Very true!!!! Each dog has it's own special and unique purpose in life and your girlie sure has found hers:love:
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