Lola came to us from a puppy mill in a neighboring state. She was kept as a breeding dog and lived her whole life in a barn/kennel. She had never been in a house, leashed walked, or potty trained. When we brought her home, she was terrified of the steps, doorways, and even the gates.
Lola is 5 years old and weighs in at 100 pounds.
Fast forward and Lola now does the steps like a pro. We brought her out with our girl and after watching her a few times, she decided to try it. Lola is very scared to get in the car but once she is in, she rides perfectly and once you get to your destination, she hops out of the car and walks with you. Since she was probably never on a leash I thought she would be a puller but she walks like a dream. Lola loves all people and likes hanging out with my crew. At the vets office, she was fine with other dogs in the waiting room and hung out by our side. She was great with her exam and shots and was friendly to the staff.
The biggest obstacle we are experiencing is potty training. Lola is scared to be outside and she is quite happy to hang out in the kitchen on her pillow. She is showing a little progress. When she first came If I left the gates open she wouldn?t bother to come in living room to hang out with us. Now she will wander in say hi to everyone and go back to her pillow. She will do this numerous times in an evening. On nice days, I open the door to the deck and she will hang out there but taking her outside, for a walk, is not something she enjoys. When I try to take her out for a walk, she goes down the stairs and right back up. If I try again, she does the same thing. She is a big girl, 100lbs, so if she isn?t ready to do something you are not forcing her to do it (lol). I am working on this but it is a very slow process. She has never had an accident in her crate and I put pee pads in the kitchen and she does use them to do her business.
Lola?s new family will need patience and let her take time to do things when she feels comfortable. If you have a friendly confident dog this would be a big plus for her. She enjoys other dogs company and does take her que from them. I was told that some mill dogs, if they get loose, will run until they drop and catching them is next to impossible. I have not seen Lola have a desire to run away but it is better to be safe so at least a 4 ft fenced yard would be best for her.