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Chico is in rehab

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Chico is a very happy little pup. He came into foster in Canada after being picked up as a stray south of the border and ending up in a shelter. Not much is known about his start in life, but he’s ready to leave that all behind and find his forever family. Though timid with new people, he warms up to kindness nearly immediately. He’s the gentlest little guy, ready to give unconditional love to his forever family. He’s cautious, but when you show him love and he starts wagging his tail and giving kisses right away!

Chico is a very active boy. Estimated to be about a year and half old, he’s still got lots of puppy energy. He loves to explore and loves to play, both with toys and his humans. But don’t worry, he also loves his naps near his humans. He would love a fenced backyard of his own to burn off some of that energy.

This is one smart dog, and he’s picking up training remarkably quick. Because nothing about his past is known, we’re not sure what training he may have had in the past. He seemed to understand ‘sit’ pretty fast, but that’s about it. Since arriving in his foster home, he’s learned ‘shake’, is picking up the concept of fetch, and progressing at coming when he’s called. He’ll need continued training reinforcement, but seems to be a very eager student. He also needs continued house training, although that’s also coming along well. He’s quickly learning to do his business outside and should master it in no time.

Essentially, he needs a forever family that’s ready to take on standard puppy training. Chico doesn’t seem set in his ways at all, he’s ready to learn to be a perfect housemate. Understand that he’s learning EVERYTHING about living in a home. He’s still confused by mirrors, and it took a few days to get the hang of stairs. It’s fun to watch him learn all these new skills! He also loves toys, but will chew/destroy them if he’s not redirected. The good news is that he’s shown zero interest in chewing anything else- no shoes, no furniture, no TV remotes etc.

Chico loves to cuddle! He loves lying next to his humans, ON his humans, and loves sleeping under the covers. Wherever you are, he’ll sneak up and steal some space next to you. And give a couple kisses as a thank you for loving him and keeping him warm while he puts on weight. This boy loves food. He’s not picky at all, and always ready for breakfast and dinner. And of course he loves his treats (making training wonderfully easy). Chico arrived very thin, but he’s already starting to look healthier as the days go by.

Chico has a senior foster brother dog, and has been very respectful towards him. He’s a total gentle soul and would make a great brother to another dog in the house. He’s proven to be very adaptable and should make a wonderful addition to any active home. He’s not yet tested with cats or children, but all signs point to him being ready to love everyone. His nervousness with new people is very short-lived. He would also likely do just fine as the only animal of the house. He just needs an active caregiver and he’ll be happy.

He’s still getting used to feeling safe and does bark when someone comes to the door, or when he hears noises outside. Training to decrease that is progressing well via redirection. He feeds off of calm energy, so set the tone for him and he should overcome this. This may be a problem for apartment living, so he’s probably more suitable to living in a house.

Overall Chico seems to be a healthy pup. He’s been neutered, received his vaccines, heart worm and flea prevention. He appears to have an old injury to his left front leg, but it doesn’t slow him down or cause him any pain or discomfort- he doesn’t seem to notice it at all. It’s nearly imperceptible except when he’s sitting pretty and waiting for a treat. Personality wise, he shows no signs of aggression and no signs of anxiety. He’s just a happy, loving and curious little guy who’s almost ready to find his forever home.

Chico is in rehab while he puts on some weight, but he’s ready to accept applications and should be ready to go in a week or two!

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