Searchlight is a 2 to 4 year old Shepherd Collie mix. This pretty girl is feeling quite overwhelmed at the shelter and can be initially shy when you first meet her. Once she gets comfortable with you, she is likely to be glued by your side. She’s affectionate and friendly and likes attention. She was well behaved but a little concerned during physical exam. She walks nice on leash. She is food motivated and with some encouragement will sit for treats. She does seem to get along with other dogs, and showed no interest in cats. We think that Searchlight would fit best in a quieter home with the family looking for a larger dog. It will take some patience and encouragement to help her overcome that shy behavior. We think that she would probably do best in a family with children 10 years of age and older.
Dogs are generally tested with dogs of their own size; and dog meets with the resident dogs are always encouraged. Our cat test should be used as a general purpose screening only to rule out overt aggression; we always recommend caution when introducing dogs to cats in the home. Recommendation on suitability of placement with children by their ages is based on behavioral observations including energy level and response to body handling. We never recommend leaving young children unsupervised with dogs, and we cannot guarantee the behavior of dogs with children, other pets or cats. Behavior evaluations should be considered as a snapshot of the behavior of the dog at this point in time; JHS believes all dog families need to be prepared to invest time and energy into training as well as provide common sense management of their new dog. We always encourage family to do some research on the breeds or mixes of breeds prior to adoption as many can have some unique characteristics that may or may not fit into their families. Always remember that the majority of dogs at our shelter have been exposed to or may have kennel cough. Kennel cough is contagious to other dogs, please talk to your vet if you have any questions about kennel cough prior to adoption. Please ask your adoption counselor at time of adoption if you have any unanswered questions regarding illnesses and treatments of the path that you are adopting. For more information about this dog or any others at our Shelter, please visit www.joplinhumane.org. We are the Joplin Humane Society in Joplin, Missouri. 417–623–3642