Meet Tessa, a 1 ½ year old Labradoodle. She is an absolute sweetheart who wants to be around her humans most of the time. She would love to sit with you on the couch and cuddle, or just lay at your feet. Although she loves to play, she calms down quickly and just wants to be wherever her human is.
Although Tessa is crate trained, we have not had her in a crate during her time with the foster family. She sleeps well through the night and usually settles on the floor close to her human’s bed. She will let you know when she needs to go out to potty and has not had any accidents in the house.
Tessa loves to swim. She loves the pool and would probably go in and out all day if allowed. A kiddie pool will also serve her purpose. She loves to play with other dogs her own size. If the other dogs ignore her, she will get a toy and settle down. Tessa is very vocal and will bark when excited and to initiate play with other dogs. She can be a bit mouthy when playing. When excited, she may grab your wrist to play. She loves her toy’s and can occupy herself for a while with her favorites. She also loves to play tug of war.
Tessa loves to meet new people but can be a little shy for the first minute or so, but she warms up quickly. She is strong and will jump on people in excitement. She will need some training in this area.
When left alone, Tessa will bark for the first few minutes and wait by the door for you to return. She needs to establish a new routine with her new family. She does not like the vacuum. She will bark and try to attack or play with it when it is being used.
Tessa is very treat motivated and knows basic obedience. She knows sit, shake (paw), down, come, spin, and stay. She also knows the word “chill” to calm her down when she gets over stimulated.
She rides well in the car but prefers to ride in the passenger seat next to you.
My Ideal Home
Tessa would love an active family where someone is home most of the time. She will do well as an only dog who gets all the attention or with another dog her own size who loves to play and can put up with her rough puppy play. No small dogs or cats. Children over 12 are preferred because of her mouthy-ness and tendency to jump on people.
Her wish list also includes a pool, but has used a kiddie pool in the past.