Ricky is very sensitive and can be fearful. He does best around calm humans and dogs. Eliminating loud noises and sudden movements would be conducive to providing a comfortable environment for him. He gets nervous and shy around new humans but warms up to them when he feels safe. Ricky needs a patient family who can help him understand that no one is going to hurt him. He is truly the sweetest boy ever and he has so much love to give. Out of all the dogs we have fostered or met, he stands out for being emotionally intuitive and loving.
An experienced dog guardian would be the ideal fit for Ricky. He needs someone who understands canine behavior or is willing to consult with a behaviorist. He thrives on positive reinforcement training but needs consistency and structure. He puts his whole heart and soul in the hands of his humans and is eager to please.
It should be noted that he is not a 'dog park type' as he can be fear reactive. Ricky can only play with familiar dogs that he is comfortable around. Walking him in areas where off-leash walkers are common is not recommended. Preventing uncomfortable situations is imperative for him.
If Ricky is to spend time outside, the area must be fenced with a height of at least 5 feet (6+ feet recommended) with secure locks and gates."
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