Name Pepper
Gender Female
Weight Small (7.2kg)
Date of Birth April 25, 2022
Breed Mixed
Spayed/Neutered O
Vaccinations Complete
Rescue Location #NeglectedDogsInAShed
Characteristics Loves dog friends, energetic, cautious, loves toys
Training Kennel-trained
Likes Treats, parks, dog friends, ball, playtime
Dislikes Large movements, loud sounds, strangers, strange sounds
Possessiveness


Rescue story
WEACT received a report that dogs were being neglected in a shed in Mungyeong. The previous owner was ignorant of the importance of sterilization and failed to provide proper care. Due to uncontrolled breeding, there was overpopulation. The dogs were standing in their own feces, barely surviving on contaminated water and food. It took three separate trips to rescue a total of 48 dogs, and #weact_pepper was one of the survivors to finally take a step outside the dreadful shed.


Personality
"Let's play and take a walk together!"
If you perceive Pepper as a quiet, timid dog who avoids people, take a closer look! Discover her as a master of ball games, a friend magnet, and a noble leader during walks. Let's explore a couple of her charms. Firstly, Pepper is sociable, refining her communication skills by paying attention to other dogs' cues, cooperating, and learning socialization through playtime. While she's lively and energetic with her friends, she's cautious around strangers. However, once she warms up to someone, she'll gladly accept treats and enjoy playtime together. Pepper's joyful __expression__ during these moments is truly heartwarming. Recently, Pepper demonstrated courage by walking in sync with a visiting volunteer. As she walks alongside her guardian, she moves gracefully, akin to a refined lady. Pepper has diligently improved her walking skills, matching her guardian's pace and excelling in maintaining eye contact.


With humans
While Pepper may not approach immediately, she possesses the art of building relationships at her own pace, making her a cautious yet charming individual. In the presence of familiar caregivers, actors, and volunteers at The Home, she approaches them and expresses her interest in her own distinctive manner. However, Pepper still finds strangers to be a challenge. When unfamiliar faces visit The Home, she often refrains from eating, keeps her distance, and remains observant, conveying her unease. Nonetheless, the gradual emergence of positive signals suggests that Pepper is gradually becoming more approachable.


With dogs
Pepper adores the company of other dogs and thrives when playing with them in the park. In their presence, her courage soars, and she dashes around the field, gleefully showing her belly to her friends. Pepper is usually the one to approach her friends first, signaling her interest and excitement, and she often runs alongside those who share in her enthusiasm.


With cats
Pepper has never met a cat.


Energy level
Pepper's presence in The Home's park is akin to a soccer player warming up on their home turf. Her absolute favorite activity is playing with a ball! When she gets her paws on a ball, she displays dribbling skills that rival those of world-class soccer player Son Heung-min. Because Pepper's energy truly shines when she's playing with her friends in the park, it's advisable to provide her with ample time to run to her heart's content with them. Given her high activity level, it's recommended that Pepper should have at least two walks a day.


Shedding/Barking
Pepper sheds and tends to bark in response to noise, especially when someone or other dogs pass by while she's inside her kennel.


Needs help with
Pepper uses both indoor and outdoor spaces for going potty, succeeding 80% of the time with indoor potty pads. She is easily startled by noises, so desensitizing her to various sounds would be beneficial. While she allows touch in confined spaces, she's fearful when touched under her chin and may require bite-proof gloves when putting on her leash. Although Pepper initially tried to nip when her body was being wiped, she no longer does. She still feels overwhelmed by human hands approaching her, so positive interactions to build trust with Pepper are essential. She has shown incredible progress, so consistent socialization and touch training will greatly help her. Pepper is making progress in kennel training, willingly entering after playing in the park. Inside, she's comfortable but alert, occasionally barking at passersby. When closing the kennel door, do it slowly as she may growl.


Health specifics
Pepper is healthy.


Ideal family
When encountering new environments and strangers, Pepper becomes exceptionally cautious. We hope to find a family who can patiently build a stronger relationship with her over time. She is still learning about human body language and touch, so please continue your efforts to connect with her. She reacts differently to touch in various areas, with the chin being particularly sensitive. Observe her reactions and adjust your approach accordingly. Fortunately, Pepper enjoys playing with those she's comfortable with, so providing enjoyable experiences after the initial bonding period is essential. She will come to see those who look at her with love as her family. Pepper is waiting for a family that will offer her time, attention, and space to shine even brighter as she continues to grow.


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