Born on December 2nd 2018
Millie is a super sweet and loving baby. She weighs 56 lbs and is a very healthy weight for her build she’s a medium sized dog and she has the body of an American pit bull terrier but the face of an American Doberman Pinscher. She’s got the color and markings of a chocolate dobe with white on her paws and chest and belly with some light fawn spots in the white (her mom was a mostly white American pit bull terrier with light brown spots all over her as well). She lives with myself (21 year old female) and my boyfriend (21 year old male) She was mistreated by her previous owner so it took a couple of months for her to not be afraid of us. She was just a year old when we first got her and she just turned 2 December 2nd 2020. She was pretty scared of new people when we first got her. She would aggressively bark if someone new came in the house or too close to our car. She never bit though and was fairly easy to calm down. After we’d show her that we were comfortable with this new person she’d relax and sniff them and even started to lick strangers after a few months of meeting new people. After she became well accustomed to strangers we started taking her on short hikes that progressively got longer. We learned that she absolutely loves hikes and car rides. We always pay attention to her needs and bring pop up water bowls with bottled water and healthy snacks for her (ex. Apples, blueberries, bananas (HER FAVORITE), and some dog food as well) she’s very loving and cuddly she often likes to lay on our pillows on the bed. She also does very well with other dogs she LOVES meeting new dogs. My mom has a male beagle and a male large mix breed and she loves to visit them to cuddle and play. She does however chase cats that run from her, but she just chases she never attacks but she definitely scares them. She does have about 5 cat friends though (when they don’t run she doesn’t chase). She loves to lick the cats and clean their faces and cuddle up to them. When she tries to play with them though they usually just bat at her until she leaves them alone to go mope. When she tries to play with cats she just backs about a foot away from them and does play bows and so far the cats are not into it. She’s a very smart dog as well she only knew how to sit when we got her. We’ve had her about a year now and with treats and tons of positive reinforcement we’ve taught her to “hush” when she barks at strangers or noises that scare her (knocking and she used to be scared of beeping noises like the microwave or stove we think because when her previous owner got home she locked her car and it beeps in a very similar way and when she heard these beeps she’d run to the front door and bark her butt off). We’ve also taught her lay down, stay, beg, potty, kisses, paw, other paw, crawl, high five (she does this differently from giving her paws for shakes), come dance (she jumps up on her dad usually and “dances” around with him). She also learned speak in one night as I was showing my brother her new tricks and he tried to get her to speak and when I told him she didn’t know that yet we barked until she did and when she did we gave her treats and repeatedly said “good speak Millie!” And after that we said speak three times (with like a minute in between tries) and she knew it by the third time. The only issue we had was when she first barked she would flinch and run because her previous owner beat her for barking. This is why we think this specific trick was a very good bonding experience for us and Millie. It showed her that we got excited and happy when she barked and wouldn’t hurt her. Also when we were teaching her to hush we just pet and spoke calmly to calm her while shushing her and telling her “hush Millie, hush baby, it’s okay” and when she was quiet we told her “good girl!” and gave her treats and more pets and she figured out what we wanted very quickly. She loves learning new tricks and gets very excited and proud of herself when she realizes she’s learned something new. Millie is extremely bonded with us now and is an extremely sweet and playful puppy and we wouldn’t trade her for the world. She’s extremely intelligent and has her own personality and although she can be stubborn sometimes ( like eating the cats food when she knows better), she’s a very very good friend and I hope we can keep her as happy and healthy as possible for the rest of her life and I can’t wait to watch her continue to amaze us for however long she lives.