Chavez has lived with his family since a puppy. He’s going to be 5 years old in December. He’s lived outside most of his life, and alone most often due to family obligation that took them away from the home….and Chavez didn’t get to go with them.
We’ve found that Chavez’ favorite things are: playing with other dogs, chasing squirrels, going for walks and watching animals on TV and following his humans everywhere. When watching TV, we have to be careful, because he gets quite excited and we’re afraid he will knock over the TV when he starts to jump and bark. He walks well on a leash, but if he sees a critter, he’s gonna wanna go get it, so hold on tight!!
During walks, he greets other dogs really well on occasion. Other times, not so well. He will pull hard and sometime not respond to “leave it” or “let’s go”. He will also just walk past other dogs and not pull or acknowledge their passing. So, let’s say: work in progress! In his home, Chavez respects the boundaries if the other dog doesn’t want to play. He’s been left alone for up to 2 hrs in his foster home and did not display anxiety or destructive behavior. On walks, he MUST sniff and explore everything! Be patient and enjoy his curiosity — so much is exciting and new to him. He knows a few commands: “SIT” when giving a treat or getting the leash on him for a walk. He needs a lot of work on his recall word “COME”….a treat will do the trick for now!
Chavez is a velcro dog and loves to follow his people around. He lays close to his fosters when they are working (from home). He likes your attention but is not highly demanding or vocal if you can’t give it to him right away. He prefers to sleep by your bed; and does not use the doggy beds during the day. He wants to be right under your desk.
Chavez is super easy going and friendly. He grew up with children 2-5 years old, so we will consider families with young kids….but they also must have another dog.
Chavez does not protect his food, toys or space. This is a super important quality for us to be willing to place a rescue dog in the home with children.
As wonderful as Chavez is – there are some behaviors that will need modifying.
1. He likes to grab and eat tissues and paper towels. This is not harmful, but could easily turn into a game. So teaching “drop it” and trade him for a yummy treat will help you modify this behavior.
2. Chavez is very resourceful when it comes to snacking. If there is food on the counter or table, Chavez will work his way to snatch it from you! Alas….more behavior modification will be necessary. This probably goes for little kids walking around eye-level with snacks, too.
My Ideal Home
We believe Chavez would love a home with another young, playful dog – that’s what he likes to do the most. An active family (hikes, outings, adventures in the city) with a large backyard is a must (squirrels included would also be a plus) We would categorize Chavez as a medium-high energy pup. He does need training (but don’t we all?) We will consider families with younger children.
Want to Adopt me?
IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR ADOPTION APPLICATION AND HOME INTERVIEW WITH SCGRRESCUE.ORG, WE CAN CONSIDER YOU FOR CHAVEZ. PLEASE INQURE TO HIS ADOPTION REPRESENTATIVE AT LORIYALEM@YAHOO.COM. TELL US A BIT ABOUT WHY CHAVEZ WOULD LOVE LIVING WITH YOUR FAMILY.