Sandy is a 6-lb 2+ year old Chihuahua mix. She currently lives in a household with 1 adult, 1 6-yr-old child, 2 dogs (30 and 40 lbs), and 1 17-lb cat. There are 4 outdoor chickens as well.
Personality: Sandy is curious about meeting new people, but also quite shy. She will bark at new things, including doorbells ringing. So far she has met adult men and women and children. When introduced on leash, she jumps up and wants attention. Likes
Cuddles! Sandy wants to be very close to a human. She sleeps under the covers.
Quiet time! Sandy is a “soft” dog who does well under quieter conditions.
Izzy! She loves my 6-yr-old daughter who is very quiet and calm with her.
Treats: She likes food and is somewhat treat motivated.
Dogs: She gets along with both of my dogs, although has not shown any interest in engaging them for play.
Cats: She is scared of/sometimes curious about my 17-lb cat. She has shown no prey drive.
Chickens: So far she is good with the chickens and has exhibited curiosity and no prey drive.
Shy (sometimes)! She loves meeting new people but is concerned about people who bend over her or jump/move quickly around her.
Children: She would do well in a home with a child who is soft/gentle with small dogs. Preferably 10+ years old but if there is a quiet 6+ yr old, she would do well.
Overall “quiet” household
Has other dogs (she looks to them for queues)
Someone who is at home most of the time but honestly she could do fine being left alone in a cozy room with another dog or cuddly cat.
A smaller living environment, honestly, as she is concerned about larger spaces. Apartment or house. Backyard is not necessary but if present, should be securely fenced.
Areas to work on:
Coming: She MUST be leashed outside until she is 100% confident. She does not come when called and is scared outside, such that she will not come up or follow you into the house. She is currently leashed at all times outside, even for potty or play breaks.
Confidence: She wants so badly to be with and around people but she lacks confidence. She runs away if you move too fast but will immediately jump on your lap when you sit down.
She has not peed or pooped in the house and goes outside to pee and poop, so far.
She isn’t a huge fan of going in them but is quiet when she is in one.
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