M | 9 Y | Chihuahua mix | Medium energy | Loves his humans | Unsure of new people | Nips | Loveable and quirky | Needs training and patience | Dog social | Ok with cats | Older kids only
A tiny ball of fluff with a BIG, quirky personality… meet SCAR! He is very used to being someone’s pet and is very affectionate with his humans, but he does have some bad habits that will require an experienced and patient owner. Although he is very cuddly with his people and will happily move from lap to lap with the people he trusts he does not do well with strangers and needs proper introductions. He is very unsure of new people (men especially) and his defensive instinct is to nip. He does not like when people are hunched over him or reaching out to pet him without him seeking out that level of attention. He is visibly stressed in new situations and will continually look to his humans for reassurance. SCAR should be allowed to approach people on his own terms when he’s feeling confident enough. He never likes to stay in place for too long and is often wandering around the house looking for new places to explore. He’s especially happy doing whatever his humans are doing or playing with his foster siblings. He doesn’t like being without his humans but has adapted pretty well to being home on a regular work day. He’s working through crate training, but it’s clearly something new for him so it has presented some challenges. He does get agitated and defensive if he knows he's being put in his crate. It can take time to help him calm down before getting him in the crate. He feeds off energy well and has adapted to the busy environment he’s currently living in. He’s medium energy and enjoys his playtime in the backyard. A properly secured backyard is best, as he does try to sneak in an adventure out front. He lives with two other dogs and gets along with them well. He has a pack mentality but does try to dominate the other dogs but is starting to respond to their corrections. He gets grumpy with dogs outside the home who have too much energy. He did bark at and chase the cat in the home initially but the cat quickly put him in his place and they coexist comfortably. SCAR should only be in a home with dog savvy, older kids and should be monitored as his family continues to work on his nipping. He has been responding well to training and, with boundaries and structure, will settle in to his new home nicely. If you’d like to meet SCAR fill out an application to adopt now!