Age: 2 years
Energy Level: Moderate
Overall Drive: Low (Moderate-high prey drive)
Location: Portland, Oregon
Clarice is an affectionate, loving, and silly girl! If she were human, she would be that fierce best friend who is very protective of you and nags you into doing everything with her! You’ll also giggle quite a bit throughout the day as you watch her chase flying bugs or suddenly snap at them while on walks and when she takes FOREVER digging and circling around in a dog bed.
Clarice is a smart girl who responds well to verbal correction but can continue to be mischievous— only when she thinks you aren’t looking and you haven’t taken her out in a while. Her mischievous antics include stealing shoes and underwear and dropping them in random spots, but she never chews on them. She occasionally counter surfs, but she’s made a lot of progress with her foster so it’s becoming a rare occurrence.
At home, she doesn’t bark when someone knocks at the door, loves to play with her foster sister, and has done well meeting strangers but is uncomfortable with people who come on too strong and has been warier of men, especially ones who are not dog-savvy. She is house- trained, knows a few basic commands, needs a bit more work on leash but has made progress with a prong collar, and finds comfort in her crate.
Outside of the home, Clarice has some leash and barrier reactivity towards other dogs because she just really wants to meet them! After being allowed to meet them, she initiated play or becomes indifferent. She has made significant progress with her reactivity with daily practice and the use of praise and an e-collar (vibrate only). Off-leash, she can come on a bit strong when meeting a new dog because she’s just too excited! This can sometimes intimidate the other pup, but it’s never escalated further than that and she’s working on softening her approach. Her recall is solid; the 10% of the time she doesn’t respond is instantly rectified with her e-collar.
Clarice would do best in a household with a loving female handler that she will bond to and a playful male dog. Her new mom will need to continue working on her reactivity and leash manners. If there are other people in the household, they should be dog-savvy and give her space while she settles in. Since she still has some puppy mouthiness, older children are preferred but she has had nice, short interactions with younger children that know how to respectfully interact with dogs.
West Coast adoptions only, HOWEVER, if application is strong we may consider placement in other Western US states.
Must have previous or current, purebred Malinois experience OR other high drive working breed experience. Have no children under the age of 12 years old OR have extensive experience with children and high drive dogs.
Our adoption process includes- completion of an application, followed by a telephone interview. If that goes well, we will arrange for a home visit.
Adoption Donation: $500.00
For all inquiries, please fill out our adoption application first, as the volunteer answering emails is probably not the coordinator for the specific foster home/dog.