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Artisan
Location: Eastern Ontario
Age: 9 mos
Sex: Spayed Female
Weight: 18 lbs
Kids: Yes
Cats: Yes
Dogs: Yes
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Adoption Fee: $700
"The thing about smart dogs is that they are always surprising you. Sometimes it’s just with their genius but sometimes it’s with behaviors – as an owner you have to stay ahead of them and be experienced enough to recognize when new behaviors are creeping up. Artisan is no exception. She is continuously changing and growing and as she reaches adulthood she needs both support and guidance to make the right choices. In the right home she has the potential to be an outstanding dog."
Can you guess who has made it to the available page? Here's a hint: she's distinctive, skilled, and quite exceptional! It's Artisan, of course! This little peanut was surrendered after her former owner realized she was not quite prepared to raise a puppy. Now 9-month-old Artisan finds herself in the best possible place to find a wonderful match.

Along with puppy breath (squeee!), Artisan has some extra and missing teeth, which hasn't caused any issues but she will likely need these teeth evaluated in the future. Her adoptive family should expect to provide regular dental care, which may include dental cleanings. She also has a sensitive stomach and cannot tolerate complex foods; she does best on single protein, single carb foods. Those seems to be her only "health issues," which in Frenchie terms, is exceptional!

Artisan is gets along with kids and cats! Artisan lives with other dogs in her foster home and has many doggy friends but has started to show some fear-based reactivity towards other dogs. As with all adoptions, controlled and slow introductions are a must, and positive interactions with even-tempered and friendly dogs will be key to Artisan's success. Because she is still young, there is opportunity for Artisan to overcome her reactivity with some experience and consistency. If you have previous experience successfully managing dog reactivity, please be sure to let us know in your application. Artisan absolutely loves Nylabones and stuffies. She also loves tug toys and has been training using toys as her reward since she was a young pup.

Have you ever seen a Frenchie on an agility course? No? Artisan could be the first one if you continue building upon the agility basics she is learning. Foster mom thinks she could be a superstar at the sport! She is a very intelligent dog, treat and toy motivated so she will need a family who can keep up with her physical and mental needs. She needs an active home that will include her in adventures. Because Artisan is super cute and friendly, complacency may lead to her issues escalating so they need to managed and mitigated. Tell us about your plans to include Artisan in your family's activities in your application, or how you plan to keep her active and happy.

Now let's talk potty training: an area where Artisan does not quite excel yet. In foster, she still has regular accidents in the house despite being let out every 1-2 hours during the day and will bathroom in her crate if crated for more than 4 hours. Because her potty training skills are inconsistent, any home will have to be prepared to continue to work with her and understand regression and accidents might continue. Artisan also has coprophagia (fancy word for "poop eater") so any feces will need to be picked up immediately. Due to her potty training schedule, having someone home most of the time would be ideal but taking her to the office (where a boss doesn't mind frequent potty breaks) would also be great. Artisan is a barker when left alone so a detached house versus an apartment or condo is preferred.

Artisan's foster mom has great things to say: "Artisan is such a special dog. She is very intelligent, incredibly motivated and easily trainable. She will make an excellent sporting dog which I think she would very much enjoy. Artisan has her quirks and she is not for everyone, but she is by far one of the smartest pups I know. She is also very cuddly and sensitive. She sleeps pressed up against me at night and enjoys being tucked in under the blankets. She is very comfortable in the car and makes an excellent co-pilot. Artisan is both outgoing and friendly and loves meeting people! She is working on her doggy intro skills but her reactivity is a relatively new behavior so my hope is that with some continued exposure and management, she will overcome it. Artisan also needs a patient handler who will continue to work on getting her used to having her ears cleaned, nails trimmed and eyes looked at.

"The thing about smart dogs is that they are always surprising you. Sometimes it’s just with their genius but sometimes it’s with behaviors – as an owner you have to stay ahead of them and be experienced enough to recognize when new behaviors are creeping up. Artisan is no exception. She is continuously changing and growing and as she reaches adulthood she needs both support and guidance to make the right choices. In the right home she has the potential to be an outstanding dog."

Does it sound like you'd be the perfect pairing for our Artisan? Put in your application and then plan your car trip to Ontario, because she doesn't tolerate the crate well enough to fly.

FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo. Except in rare or unusual cases, adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family. In rare or unusual cases, FBRN may be able to assist in transporting a dog to a volunteer near the adopter's home, but the expense of transporting the dog must be the responsibility of the adopting party.

FBRN dogs are in foster care in people's private homes. For the foster families' safety, we do not disclose specific locations, and we don't set up meet and greets prior to applications. For detailed information about the dogs in our care, please read the extensive bios on each dog. 

ABOUT ARTISAN:

--if you have other dogs, slow introductions are required, because Artisan has shown reactive behavior towards other dogs.

--think carefully about your requirements for a dog. If a housebroken dog is a requirement for you, Artisan will not fit the bill. Housetraining is a work in progress. Many Frenchies are never entirely housebroken, and we don't guarantee that Artisan will be housebroken in the future.

--Artisan requires a high degree of activity and mental challenges. Consider whether your family can provide the time and energy to meet her needs.

Sponsors


Here's some toy fund money, Artisan. Hope you pick out some great ones! Our Zeus loves to destroy stuffies. Amanda Stubblefield

Bonjour Artisan!!! I hope this helps but you some lovely toys and treats! I am a Frenchie mom myself and know just how much you darlings love your toys.  au revoir pour l'instant mon ami!! Angelina Frangiosa

Cj Paek

Hi This is Ellie. Hope this gets you some toys and treats to help you have fun. I got the best mom in the world from FBRN and I am now 12 1/2 and so happy.

Get yourself some new squeaky toys, pretty girl!! lauren decker

Alexandra Solofra

Hi sweet girl, I know you love your toys so here is a present! - Heidi Curtis, NB Canada

Hi Artisan! We hope this donation goes towards some great chew toys and stuffies! Eva Ostrzyzek

Hopefully you can get your self a nice new toy with this! Sending love from Ontario, Canada -Emily

For some fun toys for this sweetheart! Dominique Dietz

Sweet girl Artisan, hope this gets you some yummy treats or a new stuffie to snuggle. Love, Mom to Moose, Baci and Alex (our human)

Hello precious baby .. hoping this will help with some needed toys and supplies .. sending smiles and good thoughts .. from (hopefully) your new Dad and Sister .. David and Poundcake 

This is for Artisan. I hope this helps you grow up to be the happiest Frenchie ever! Michelle Rounsaville

Nathaniel McCune

Hi sweet baby! We are donating to your toy fund in memory of our sweet Devina and Calvin. A brother and sister who unfortunately were too sick to be here on Earth for long. Live life like someone left the gate open sweet baby. For the full story of Calvin and Devina please visit Calvin's Adventures on Facebook. Pamela Harman

For Artisan: Hope this buys some new stuffies. Best of luck on your potty training! You are loved by so many sweet pup! --Pete & Rita