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Luca is a beautiful, affectionate and overall sweet girl; generally low-key but with the playful boxer style. She is shy in nature and will need to trust and respect your leadership for her to open up. Over time and once accustomed to her environment, she blossoms. Luca is crate trained (and prefers it as her “home base”), potty trained, and knows commands such as sit, stay, down, crate, come, stop, and stand – she’s a very smart girl and capable of so much. Her training or behavior is not an issue, but she is not the “plug and play” type. The leadership and engagement she receives is paramount to keeping her an outstanding dog.
Luca is an awesome walk buddy (45 minutes per day) – textbook perfect (she doesn’t pull, stop to smell, and has not exhibited aggression to other dogs). She enjoys hikes (4 – 8 miles), is very fit and agile so I assume she would do fine on runs. I believe there are loads of opportunity with Luca – possibly agility work as she really likes to think and have a job. She loads and rides well in the car.
Luca interacts with our two dogs and plays with our boxer. Due to her shy nature, she requires a slow integration to other dogs (and people) in the home. Outside of the home, I have taken her on walks with all sizes of well-behaved dogs (unknown to her) and she is fine. She has also done fine at events with not so perfectly behaved dogs and she is non-reactive as long as you set the tone of acceptable behavior. She has been fine with our dog savvy cat. She does seem to have a high prey drive but with firm leadership – not something she acts on. Would do best with a well-balanced young dog or pack (she will find or assert her place in the pack). Might be okay as an only dog in a work from home environment. She should not be left alone for hours on a regular basis. Luca hangs out with me all day while I work and is not disruptive. She should have a good dose of exposure to other dogs to keep her dog on dog amiable. May not do well at dog parks as she does not take well to being rushed up on.
Luca will do best with someone who is a natural leader; exhibiting calm, assertive and consistent leadership while providing exercise, discipline and affection in that order. She is a dog that needs to trust and respect her leader to remain the great dog she is.