Animal's Name: Shadow
Animal ID Number: 182618
What should your foster's bio say? Shadow can be a bit reserved, with a tendency to retreat into corners or his crate when encountering something unfamiliar. But when playing with his sister or with a human he's comfortable with, he can get playful and energetic, as well as vocal; he likes a good game of tug as well as a good long nap.
What did you implement for house training? Do you think it's working? Shadow is not quite consistent about using pee pads or doing his business outside, though you can anticipate potty needs when he starts sniffing around in circles.
Have you introduced them to a crate? If so, what kind of crate and what was their reaction? We keep the crate in the ex-pen with the door open; Shadow will wander in and out comfortably, play in and around the crate, and voluntarily nap or sleep inside overnight. He doesn't tend to bark or whine if the door is closed; he'll settle down almost immediately, as long as his sister is present. (However, we haven't confined him to the crate for longer than fifteen minutes at a time, so can't speak to his behavior over longer periods.)
How many hours did you leave them home alone? What was their behavior like when left alone? Shadow and his sister have never been left totally at home alone. When no one is in the room with them, they'll usually play together or settle down for a nap, though sometimes they'll start jumping up on their crate or the ex-pen walls, or ripping up pee pads.
What is their behavior like with other animals? Shadow likes to play rambunctiously with his sister; if things get a bit rough, he knows to back off when she yelps or pushes him away, or if you physically separate them for a brief time-out.
What is their behavior like with new people and/or children? : N/A - haven't introduced him to new people due to young age/vaccination status and social distancing
Is there anything else that you would like the new adopter to know about this dog, such as any special tricks or adorable traits? Shadow has a hernia and can be a bit awkward/clumsy, sometimes tripping over his paws or struggling a bit to roll over from his back to his stomach. But he's very sweet, curling up at your side when tired.