AKA Indy, Squirrel, Fox
3 years | Jack Russel X Chihuahua | Tan and White Coat | 90% House trained | Doing well with Crate Training | Working on loose leash walking | Only Dog Household | Dog Selective- Proper introductions | High Energy | Commands: Sit, stay, laydown, roll over, look at me, heel | Children 13+ | No Small animals |
***This furry friend looks like a tiny fox and has the attitude to match! Please read his bio completely before applying or considering adoption. Please note all applications will be screened by his trainer and continued training will be mandatory.***
Meet Romeo, if you adopt this goofy, cuddly and playful guy, we can promise there will never be a dull moment! Romeo came to the DHR family known as Indy. His foster mom decided to nickname him Romeo as he can be a charming sweet little pup, as well as a rebellious teenager! Romeo is extremely cuddly. He LOVES attention and snuggles. If you are having a bad day, he will definitely cheer you up and put that frown upside down!
Mister Romeo loves his walks, playing outside, as well as showing off his tricks! He is very food motivated and enjoys working for his food. He does have a tendency to get too hyper and be more rough when he plays (nippy and barks), but if corrected he will stop. He loves playing his version of tag, tug-of-war and will frequently have the zoomies!
This sweet face and his small size has meant that he has not been given boundaries in the past and as a result thinks that he can get his way with biting. While this behaviour has been accepted in the past, it is extremely important that his new home continue the structure and boundaries we have put in place in order to set him up for success. He does not appreciate being told what to do, or handled against his terms and has and will bite to get out of these situations without a verbal warning (body language only).
Romeo has made some canine friends while in care however, he is quite pushy and is not likely to back down from an altercation if one were to arise. So slow and structured introductions are a must! There will be no dog parks in this boy's future. Lastly, handling this boy is preferably “on his terms.” If you are looking for a lap dog or a Paris-Hilton style pooch, this unfortunately is not your guy! Although things like veterinary visits, nails trimming, grooming, are essential for the most part, he is not a fan of these things, and we are working hard to make them as positive as possible. It is clear to us that handling from a young age was not part of his training, and he is not shy to bite to make us aware of his disapproval. All that to said Romeo is definitely a sweet boy. He wants to show his love for you, enjoys head pats, would play ball with you until he could no longer stand and wants nothing more than to work for his handler!
His Jack side shows it’s true colours when he’s training - he is very happy to work with you, and picks up on things quickly. Currently he knows Sit, stay, laydown, roll over, come, look at me, heel, in addition to his marker language. He works for all his meals and is very happy to do so. He does require a firm but fair approach in his training and will benefit from continued balanced training! He might excel at some dog sports and will require an active owner that is able to satisfy not only his physical energy but his mental energy as well. He is a bit of a pushy boy, so he needs a home who will understand his need for structure, boundaries, consistency and patience.
Romeo has made excellent strides with his leash skills and his leash reactivity has greatly improved with a structured heel. Playing fetch has shown some recall potential with Romeo however we would not yet trust him in a non-fenced area off leash at this time. He has been ok with some dogs with very slow introductions and lots of reminders on appropriate play and how to be gentle but would definitely not recommend a home with cats or other small animals for this prey-driven boy.
If you think you have all Romeo needs please feel free to send us your detailed application!
**Please note that Romeo will be a foster-to-adopt as we want to ensure that his training is continued and successful prior to finalizing his adoption**