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Cali: ~3-year-old female chocolate Lab 60 pounds spayed

Background: What a challenging life it can be at times... Cali was recovered as a stray during the devastating Butte fire in Paradise (near Chico) in 2018. After being held for 90 days awaiting claim by an owner (who never materialized) she was transferred to ARF to find her a new home. Cali was adopted to a great family who resides on the grounds of a private school in the East Bay, where she intended to be forever. For nearly nine months all was going well, until Cali took on the role of protector of her home and yard on the school property. Cali vigorously protested the presence of passing campus ground-keeping staff, chasing after them, barking at them, nipping at them -- generally, wreaking havoc with any nearby maintenance workers. The school administration resolved that Cali was a liability and needed to find a new home, and so the family turned to Lab Rescue to find Cali a new forever family. Cali is currently with a dog trainer in Watsonville.

What Cali’s prior owners said: We are heartbroken to have to rehome Cali... due to her inappropriate interaction with our campus maintenance workers. She was such a great dog. Cali has been a wonderful family dog to us. She lived with our cat and they got along just fine. Cali had several dog pals on campus and they had great fun with each other - she likes chasing other dogs and being chased. Cali is house-broken and crate-trained. She knows "sit", "stay", "come", "fetch", "leave it", and "wait". We took Cali on daily walks around the campus and to a local dog park every week. Despite her objection to the campus maintenance workers, Cali did great with our kids (10 and 13) and the many students and other school staff that she encountered every day. We believe Cali was "protecting her home". Otherwise, she was just a typical happy-go-lucky Lab.

What Cali's previous adopter says: She is a very sweet and cuddly dog. She responds really well to rewards of petting, almost more than food. She is perfectly housebroken and crate trained; doesn't (so far) counter-surf. Takes treats with a very gentle mouth. She doesn't guard her food. Cali is also quite respectful of our cat. Cali needs to be an only dog. She has shown some dominance behavior over my older dog and has attacked her twice without warning - for unknown reasons. Cali does love to retrieve a dummy and it seems like she has had the beginnings of training as a hunting dog in her first home. Cali needs to work on walking on leash without pulling. She also lunges at bicycles - yikes! Her stay is getting better, but down is a bit confused with shake. She knows "sit" and "come" really well. For training she seems more motivated by a ball than meat. She is a young dog and quite fit so she does need exercise. Retrieving is a great way to tire her out.

What Cali's trainer says: Cali is fine with my male dogs. Cali will bite at the leash if there is something more exciting that she would rather be doing and I correct her. She needs to be place in experienced hands as she has been allowed to walk all over people and do as she pleases. That being mixed with being a high drive and learning the power of her bite fighting with other dogs, she might accidentally bite someone trying to correct her or break up a fight. I would say ideal home is experienced home that wants a dog that loves to retrieve or play ball that doesn't need a dog-park-friendly-type dog.

What Cali's Rescue Rep says: Cali showed zero objection to me when I approached her home to evaluate her - I even dressed up in the colors of the campus maintenance workers. I found Cali to be a wonderful dog... friendly, engaging, playful, attentive, affectionate. I saw zero aggressive or guarding behavior during my hour-long visit with her. I was able to touch her all over without objection. Cali's adopter will need to use care when introducing her to visiting guests to ensure she does not resume any guarding behavior. She could also use some training on how to properly walk on leash. Cali would do best as an only dog given her toy and ball obsession. Cali's adopter will have to be committed to leadership and structure in the home to ensure Cali does not take charge. Best not to go to a home with children.

Medical Information: Cali is in great health. Spayed, microchipped, heartworm negative, and current on vaccinations.

Cali is located in: Watsonville.

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