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  • Adoption Status: Available
  • Breed: Shih Tzu
  • Age: 3 yrs
  • Sex: Male
  • Weight: 14.5 lbs
  • All LHH dogs have been spayed or neutered, updated on shots, microchipped, groomed, deflea'd, dewormed; and come with a leash, collar and LHH ID tag!

MEET KAI!  A 3-4 yr old, tan/white, 15 lb, adorable, but fearful, 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 more anxiety and fear.  We found a trainer who helped get him through most of his issues.  However, she was unable to finish his training, so he is still reactive to other dogs especially on walks.  We are working on this individually and once he is okay, he basically ignores them.  

Kai is a smart 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.  If he gets bored or is not stimulated he will revert to bad behavior.  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 treats!
Kai is OK interacting with calm dogs and is friendly with people and children after an introduction. Encounters with dogs on the street requires ongoing reinforcement, as he becomes overly excited and will dart toward them.  However, once allowed to familiarize himself,  sniff and settle, he doesn’t pay much attention to them.  AOK with people on the street! He just needs parameters and he will be an outstanding citizen!  
While we don’t recommend crates, some dogs consider them a “safe cave,”  especially if that is how they are trained.  Initially, Kai had barking issues, which have definitely settled.    He has specific commands (YES!!)  that he readily responds to, which should always be a part of your relationship.  That being said, he should be in a home where his person is around a lot and there are no other dogs (or a calm dog he likes).
Kai’s favorite and never changing thing is to collect squeaky toys!  He’s like a puppy at times, teething on your hands/fingers.  BUT he can be very moody (at least with me!)  His guarding issues with toys has dissipated (people and dogs) for the most part, but not with food.  Take it slow and watch his body language.  He’ll let you know.   If you hear a growl, back off!  
An active home, POSSIBLY with another small, calm but 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!)  PLEASE DON’T APPLY IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE EXPERIENCE.  KAI IS A WONDERFUL DOG BUT HE NEEDS PARAMETERS AND DISCIPLINE!

Adoption Events

We do not have a public viewing facility; however, we hold bi-monthly adoption events in Santa Monica. Please check our calendar for changes and cancellations due to holidays or weather.

2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, 11am – 2:30pm

2116 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405 [Map]

Metered street parking.

Please bring pictures or video of your home/yard if we have not yet done a home visit (preferred).

And…don’t forget to bring your dog(s), if you have any. They make the final decision!