Chico has settled into life at SDR well despite it all being new to him. He is typically sat by the door wagging his tail while watching everything go by. He was loved by his previous owner and only finds himself here due to his owner's financial struggles and no fault of his own. Having previously lived outdoors, Chico was free to come and go as he pleased, so adjusting to living in a home environment may take some time.
He is friendly and well-mannered when meeting people but can initially look a bit confused and unsure about new things at times. He freezes in certain situations such as his health check at the vet. Nevertheless, he thrives with company, enjoys treats and is remarkably affectionate, forming quick bonds with people who are calm and gentle. When sitting in his kennel he will happily join you on the bed for fuss and attention and will look as if he is about to drift off to sleep.
Though he previously roamed, exercising himself, he surprisingly walks well on a lead. Although he does have a habit of sometimes chewing at the lead, typically when bored from standing in one place for a long time. Chico is a sensitive boy and can jump and startle easily. He can find walking off-site next to the busy road a little scary, making him a bit reluctant to walk. Off the lead down in the meadow, he is happy to have a small exploration and follow you around but if you are sat on the ground, he just wants to be near you for affection. He doesn't have any formal obedience or recall training but has a lot of potential.
Chico has met several other dogs, mostly of a comparable nature, calm and laid back. When meeting other dogs, he appears to be neutral, with a slight sniff occasionally and once reciprocated he tends to do his own thing. He could potentially live with another dog that matches his personality after a couple of successful meet-and-greets here at the rescue.
He would be suitable to live with older children (14 years and over) who have been around dogs before and understand that they must respect his space. Prospective owners should have prior dog experience. He will also need a secure garden as we have found he can be a bit of an escape artist whether it is door dashing or squeezing through a small gap in the fence. He had a lot of freedom in his former home and will need owners who understand that this may come with a bit of a transition to his new lifestyle.
Chico will require multiple visits from everyone in the household ahead of the adoption.
The adoption fee for Chico is £200.
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