Molly is a 4-year old, 58-pound female hound mix located in Dover, NH. She is a very sweet, active, and cuddly young lady but struggles from fear and stress caused by a life of change and uncertainty. We have more information about Molly's past that may help her find the right adopter and environment. Molly is best-suited for a rural home in a low-traffic area. She will make a nice addition to a quiet family consisting of adults only. No cats, kids, or regular visitors. Molly gets along great with most dogs, but at times prefers to be the alpha depending on the other dog's personality. Molly would enjoy having a compatible dog sibling. Her favorite pastimes are playing, cuddling and calling dibs on the coziest spot in the house. In 2017, Molly originally came to Pope Memorial Humane Society in 2017 from a southern shelter. She was adopted out twice but returned and has been back since June 2019. The first adoption didn't work out because the adopters reported that Molly had behavioral issues and they did not trust her. There is no record of details, but there was no report of biting. The second adoption was to a couple with a dog. They had her well over a year before returning her because she did not do well with new people coming to the house, especially their grandchildren. They felt she was not safe to have around the children. For the past year as a shelter dog, Molly has shown fear aggression and defensive behaviors towards new people. There have been several incidents with the public sticking their hands in her kennel and she has bitten them causing puncture wounds. This is due to her fear of a people reaching over her as she does not trust strangers. For the last several months, she has become more fearful of meeting new people so the shelter's trainer recommended muzzle training. She now meets people wearing a basket muzzle. She would need to meet an interested adopter many, many times as she tends to not get along with people on the first or second introduction. The shelter staff agree she is worth every bit of extra time and patience. Once comfortable, the playful lovable girl shines through. In her new home, Molly would need to continue her training and work on her confidence and trust with people. This will be a lifelong commitment and may need constant management. She would not be a good candidate for large gatherings, doggie daycare, etc. She requires a quiet, calm home to be successful and feel safe. Outside of the shelter and once adjusted, behavior modification and training should be much more effective. Please email the shelter at: [email protected] and be sure to tell them ARK sent you!