Pet Spotlight: Help Ruffles Overcome Her Fear

by Helen Hartel


To adopt Ruffles, request A4831648.

Ruffles is a 1½-year-old female Cattle Dog/Husky mix. Sadly, she was brought to the shelter because her owner had to move and had “no room” for her. She appears to be very stressed in the shelter environment, and the public is being encouraged to help her overcome her fear.

Ruffles came to the shelter as a very shy dog but slowly the volunteers have made friends with her. The problem now is that she is reacting to the public by barking a lot and that behavior is scaring children and visitors in general. This reaction seems to be fear based, but she doesn’t appear to be aggressive or mean.

You can help Ruffles learn to trust new people by following a regimen that has been implemented. A sign with the following message has been placed on her kennel:

“Please help me to learn to like new people who want to meet me by bending down, softly calling my name and handing me a treat”

Volunteers at the shelter will assist you in this endeavor and explain what they are trying to accomplish. If they see a family with kids, they will ask the parent if the child can help to get Ruffles used to little people by offering a treat. Kids will be told that Ruffles will probably bark at them and will be asked if that will that scare them. So far, the visiting children have been happy to help out with this small task, but to accomplish the goal of overcoming her fear will take time and many participants will be needed.

Here are some things you should know about her:

  • She is housebroken.
  • She walks well on leash.
  • She is good with other dogs.
  • She has not been around kids.
  • She is good in the car.
  • She is young and needs daily exercise.
  • She is shy and needs people to go slow when meeting her.

Help the Agoura Shelter work its magic by getting Ruffles into her forever home. Come to the shelter to help train her. Who knows? Perhaps, she will be the right dog for you.

To adopt Ruffles, request A4831648. The Agoura Shelter is at 29525 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Occasionally pets have already been adopted. To check availability, call 818-991-0071 or visit 

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