MEET KAI!! A 3 yr old, tan/white, 12 lb, adorable Shih Tzu, who came from the streets of San Bernardino with no history. We learned that the foster who found him crated him for 20 hours a day for a week, and by the time he came to us, he had developed anxiety and fear. Fortunately, we found a trainer who has helped get him through most of his fears. However, she was unable to finish his training, so he is still a bit reactive to other dogs. We are working on this and once he is okay, he basically ignores them.
Kai is a smart, friendly dog who does his best with regular exercise and dedicated attention — and he needs a patient, experienced home that will give him time to acclimate. Once that happens, he’s a loverboy! Insufficient physical activity can lead to heightened anxiety, so he needs an active home that will engage him. Kai gets super excited when you come home or it’s feeding time! He is a foodie and is very motivated by food!
Kai enjoys interacting with calm dogs and is friendly with people and children after an introduction. Encounters with dogs on the street and/or leashed require ongoing reinforcement, as he becomes overly excited and attempts to dart toward them, occasionally resulting in a nip. However, once allowed to familiarize himself, sniff and settle, he doesn’t pay much attention to them. Treats definitely help!!!
While we don’t always recommend crates, some dogs consider them a “safe cave,” especially if that is how they are trained. He actually enjoys sleeping in it! Initially, Kai had barking issues, which have ceased, and he is comfortable with another dog or two (of his choosing) who he can bond to. He has specific commands that he readily responds to, which should always be a part of your relationship, and we will give you the tools you need.
Kai adores playing, collecting squeaky toys and empty water bottles! He is comfortable engaging in training, but may demonstrate nipping behavior when teased or overly stimulated during play. He’s like a puppy at times, teething on your hands/fingers. He exhibits playful behavior with other dogs and thrives in the company of a calm but playful canine companion not threatened by his occasional display of authority or possessiveness. His guarding issues with food and toys have dissipated (people and dogs) for the most part, but take it slow and watch his body language. He’ll let you know.
An active home, with older children (12+), another small, playful pup and a firm yet gentle guidance, patience, and ample acclimation time has proven to be the ticket for Kai. While he is motivated by food and toys, his main drive is to please people. Could this be your next family member? He’s available now (to the right home!)