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Adoptable: Nicky

Age: 5 years old

Gender: Male

Breed: Chihuahua mix

Weight: 12 lbs

Personality: Very loving, just waiting to trust and be the best companion.

Education: Good with bathroom and leash training. Responding very well to training and socialization help to escape past abuse.

Favorite Activities: Loves to tug and fetch.

Looking for: A loving home where he will receive care, dedication and attention, and where he can continue training to be the best boy. He will need advocacy by his pawrents that he can be only adored at from a distance and he doesnt like being touched by strangers.

Special needs: Will need training and support for reactivity and behavior issues due to past abuse and trauma. Prozac is truly helping him and costs ~5.00-10.00 for a months supply, depending on market value.He also takes Clonidine when needed. Cost ~$4- $10.00 for 3-4 months, price may vary depending on where purchased and market value

Adoption Fee: $ 200

Ready to shine and reach my full potential!

Hi there! My name is Nicky, and I’m a 5-year-old Chihuahua mix, weighing in at 12 pounds. I’m already neutered, and my health is in great shape! I’m working on being fully potty-trained and am fine in a pen all day when you leave (no separation anxiety here!) My foster mama says that I learn quickly, too, having learned “paw” and “spin” all in one week.

So, here’s a little bit about me: I’m a fun guy who loves to play fetch and tug-o-war. I also love getting attention and jumping to show my excitement. But, sadly, I do have some behavioral issues I’m now trying to overcome, due to my abusive past. Trust is a big thing for me, and if I don’t know you or you haven’t yet earned my trust, I tend to react aggressively and/or bite if touched unexpectedly or picked up. Once I trust you is a different story, however, and I’m much more apt to letting you touch or hold me without showing any negative reactions. In fact, once you’re in my circle of trust, I’m quite loving and affectionate. Another issue that I’m trying to work through occurs when guests visit the home. Because I love getting attention from hoomans, I will bark, nip, and bite at their pant legs if I’m not receiving the level of attention I desire. Therefore, it is advised that I have limited access to those who visit (such as, being crated in another room), and it’s also a good idea to give me time to calm down from the excitement of having guests before giving me the opportunity to say hello to them. Crate training is also helping keeping me separate from the extra-excitement. Additional training, as well as adequate exercise and stimulation before guests arrive, will also help with my excitement and demand barking.

I would appreciate advocacy from my pawrents, that just because I am small, doesnt mean I can be touched, picked up, or mollycoddled. I am more of only see, no touchie kind of guy! I wont mess with anyone, as long as I am not being touched by strangers. But I am so happy to report that all the training from my foster mama and the wonder pill Prozac kicking in, has helped me tremendously! I am becoming way more playful with her and my foster dog sisters. I am getting over stranger danger too!

My ideal furever home is with someone who’d be willing to put in the work so that I can reach my full potential, as well as provide the boundaries I need for training. Because of my reactive tendencies, an environment without children is probably best, and slow introductions with dogs are advised. I’d also prefer to be in a home where I will be loved and given space too. All in all, though, I’d make a great companion for someone who could give me the attention, training, and dedication I need.

My adoption fee is $200 and that includes spaying/neutering, shots, and microchip. If you want to take me home, please fill out the form on the website here: https://theanimalpad.org/adoption-application/

The Animal Pad recognizes that taking in a new dog can pose a challenge to the entire family. To best set him up for success in a new home, Nicky’s adoption package includes a FREE four-week scholarship with our partner Goodpup (https://goodpup.com/). Goodpup offers virtual, individualized training to ensure you, your dog, and your family have the skills needed to thrive together. GoodPup Scholarships include:
  • • 4+ weeks of positive reinforcement training
  • • 24/7 chat for questions and support
  • • Access to a behavior team to assist in advanced cases
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