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Ellena

 the Princess 

Mixed Breed

Girl / 7 years / Beige

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Background

Ellena was rescued and brought to PACK in 2015 when she was only 8 months old.

She’s always been so lovely, companionable, and energetic that everyone fell in love

with her right away. Hence our ray of sunshine Ellena has started her journey with us ever since.

Personality

Ellena is very active and affectionate. She could get really excited when she sees someone she’s familiar with. When it comes to meeting strangers, she would first observe you from a distance for some time, but once you’ve earned her trust, she would become really attached to you! She’s also very expressive and always wears her heart on her sleeve. It takes Ellena longer to adapt to a new environment with her high sensitivity to sounds. Especially when she is left alone without her owner, she tends to be uneasy and shows obvious signs of separation anxiety. Ellena is also possessive of her owner.

Energy Level

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Relaxed

Active

She needs activities arranged to burn her energy. Sometimes when she gets too excited, it’s better to wait until she’s more stable before moving on.

Temperament

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Shy

Social

Ellena tends to be more timid when going out and meeting new people or other dogs, but she could get super excited when seeing someone she likes.

Role

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Follower

Leader

Highly sensitive, Ellena tends to be nervous when going out so she would walk slowly and always stay close to her owner.

Adaptability

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Low

High

With high sensitivity to sounds and the environment, Ellena gets nervous easily and would bark to react. It takes her some time to get comfortable in a new place with a variety of sounds.

Behavioral Observations

When you see our ray of sunshine, Ellena, happily spinning in circles or looking at you with her signature bright smile, that’s her unique way to invite you to play with her, pet her, or give her a proper massage that she enjoys the most! Ellena tends to be a bit nervous and vigilant when facing other dogs, and she would also respond to fierce dogs that turn down her invitation to play together. As for cats, Ellena tends to keep her distance out of unfamiliarity. Being possessive of her owner, Ellena also gets jealous when the owner is petting other dogs at the same time and might wrinkle her nose to warn other dogs. And if the owner has been away for too long, she would show obvious signs of separation anxiety. Ellena might get overexcited and a bit out of control when she sees people she likes or before eating. Sometimes you may have to ignore her for a bit and wait for her to calm down patiently before moving on.

Medical History

All of PACK's dogs are vaccinated annually, dewormed monthly and receive flea and tick medication quarterly. Every dog is spayed/neutered upon arrival at PACK HQ.

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Spayed/Neutered

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Vaccinated (3/27/2021)

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Microchipped

Ellena has no health issues that we are aware of.

Tolerance Levels

At PACK Academy, we socialize our dogs by exposing them to different stimuli and recording their tolerance levels for each one. These observations help us understand the dogs better, which then helps us find suitable homes for them.

Strangers

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Ellena will keep her distance at first but once you’ve earned her trust she will become attached to you.

Dogs

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Ellena tends to be a bit nervous and vigilant when facing other dogs. She also tends to get jealous when sharing her owner with another pet.

Cats

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Ellena tends to keep her distance from cats out of unfamiliarity. 

Kids

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Same with strangers. 

Noise

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With high sensitivity to sounds, Ellena gets nervous easily and would bark to react. She might need some time to get used to all kinds of sounds.

​Touch

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Ellena enjoys being pet and massaged!

Behavior Observations

There are some common behavior issues that we see in dogs who have spent a significant amount of time in a shelter. We assess our dogs for these behaviors and provide training plans for adopters to help manage them.

Barking

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Tends to relieve her stress by barking and running when excited or anxious.

Separation
Anxiety

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Show signs of separation anxiety when left alone, such as staring at doorways.

Aggression

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There may be warning behaviors if other unfamiliar dogs approach.

Resource
Guarding

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No food aggression, will play with toys but no possessive aggression.

Destructive
Chewing

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There might be destructive chewing behaviors due to separation anxiety.

Obedience Training

Obedience training is critical for nurturing healthy dog-human relationships and having a well-behaving dog. Our dogs receive basic training at PACK Academy, which provides a foundation for communication between dog and human.

Name

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Ellena knows her name and responds when you call her.

Yes & No

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Ellena understands “yes” and “no” but may not listen every time.

Potty Trained

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Ellena hasn’t had any accidents at home. 

Good on Leash

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Ellena tends to be nervous when going out so she would walk slowly and always stay close to her owner.

Sit

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Ellena understands the command.

Down

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Undestands the command but may not always listen.

Stay

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Ellena understands “stay” but may not listen every time.

Come

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Understands and will come sometimes.

Paw

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Understands and may offer her paw sometimes.