Sex: Spayed Female
Breed: American Shelter Dog
Age: ~2 years old
Reason Here: She was found as a stray.
Arrival Date: 7/14/2022
She’s a pint sized gal with plenty of love to pass around! Chiquita would be happy to join your family for all kinds of fun. Whether you’re going out for a stroll, hanging out in the sunshine, or having a big cuddle session on the couch, she’s ready to be the one to join you! She’s the sweetest cuddle bug that will most certainly try to sleep on you if she gets the chance! Chiquita does well for car rides. Loves her nice long walks, belly rubs and running after all toys you throw her way. If Chiquita sounds like the pup for you, stop in to meet her!
ENERGY LEVEL: Medium/high
- She’ll need plenty of exercise and mental enrichment every day!
DOGS: No known experience living with other dogs
- Chiquita has lived in a short term foster home and in her time there she was reported to have some leash reactivity when seeing other dogs on walks around the neighborhood. We have noted this in some instances here at HSCC, too.
- Dog reactivity means barking/growling/lunging at other dogs. This may be when on leash, through a fence, on the other side of a window, etc.
- We are happy to provide guidance on managing and addressing dog reactivity in a positive way.
- Chiquita has done well in an off-leash playgroup with another dog, one who is very tolerant of other dogs and saavy in her interactions with them. She is a vocal, rough-and-tumble kind of player, which not all dogs will appreciate.
- We recommend slow, careful introductions to other dogs. Monitor their body language to know whether one or both dogs are uncomfortable. Keep in mind that just because a dog likes some other dogs, doesn’t mean that they will like all other dogs.
- If you’ve already got a dog at home, we are happy to facilitate an introduction here at HSCC to get a sense of how everyone will get along.
CATS: No known experience
- Chiquita doesn’t have any known experience with cats or other small animals.
- If you’ve got small animals at home, consider ahead of time how best to introduce them and manage their interactions.
KIDS: No known experience
- Chiquita doesn’t have any experience with kids that we know of. We have not seen any behaviors like resource guarding or handling sensitivity that would be particularly concerning with children around.
- We recommend supervising interactions between kids and dogs to make sure everyone is behaving appropriately and staying safe.
Chiquita was transferred to HSCC after being found as a stray so we have very limited information about her past or at-home behavior.
Chiquita will benefit from some basic training to help her manage all of her excitement and enthusiasm for life.
- Training classes or a few sessions with a trainer can be a great way to get started.
- Training is a great way to build a bond with your new pup, like learning a common language.
- Be consistent with the house rules from day 1 – it’s much easier and less confusing for the dog to loosen the boundaries later than to implement new rules.
- We recommend positive reinforcement-based training – teach Chiquita what you want her to do! We do not recommend e-collar or punishment-based training, as these methods often have long-term negative effects on dogs (physically as well as psychologically) and create behavioral problems.
- We are happy to provide guidance on training resources, methods, and finding a trainer.
HOUSE TRAINED: Yes
- We don’t know whether Chiquita was house trained in a previous home, though in her short term foster home it was reported that she was.
CRATE TRAINED: Somewhat
- We don’t know whether Chiquita was crate trained in a previous home. She did spend some time crated in her foster home, and would relax in her crate.
- If you plan to use a crate with her, be prepared to take it slow and make the crate a comfortable, safe space for her.
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Adoption Center Hours:
Tuesday - Friday: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday & Monday: CLOSED