Due to a change in his owner’s circumstances, Kiko is in need of a new home – he has been with his current owner for approximately four years. Kiko, who weighs approximately twenty-five pounds, is generally a calm, low key dog who enjoys affection from his people, but needs an adult home due to some resource guarding and not being comfortable with children.
Kiko’s current owner was not aware that he had food aggression prior to adopting him and, although there has been some improvement in his behavior – his owner is able to walk/stand near him when he is eating or has a treat – he is not receptive to dropping or trading a food item or having it taken away. He will signal that an approaching person or dog has ventured too close by growling, then, if ignored, will snap, and will, eventually, bite. Positive training to reduce Kiko’s food aggression should be continued and, as is being done by his current owner, the situation should be managed so that Kiko does not have food or a treat in a situation where he might feel the need to protect it.
In addition to the food aggression, Kiko has a tendency to resource guard his tennis balls by hiding them under furniture. He has learned to drop a ball when given a cue to do so, but will stay close by it and gets a bit nervous. He will sometimes growl if he has a ball and doesn’t want to share it, but has never snapped. He will sometimes play fetch, but his preference is to hide the balls. If another dog takes one of his ball, Kiko does not do anything, but if he finds one on the floor, he takes it and hides it!
Although very good with adults, this guy prefers to stay away from children, finding them too active for his liking. If children follow him or persist in interacting with him, Kiko will initially be somewhat indifferent and curious, but any quick/sudden movements put him on the defensive. He will growl in warning, but if the unwanted attention continues and Kiko feels threatened, he will bite – fortunately, the only occurrence of a bite occurred to a shoe, with the person’s foot thus protected
Kiko enjoys long walks and quiet time (he likes to be away from lots of activity); travels nicely by car; is fine left in the living room when alone (he is not crate trained); only tends to bark at large dogs, squirrels, and the doorbell; and is housetrained (outside and doggy pee pads) and accident-free in his current home. He has not been exposed to cats, and does pull on-leash -Italian Greyhound Place would be glad to provide information on loose-leash walking.
As indicated by his current owner, Kiko is not a “mean” dog and does not bite for “no reason.” He also provides appropriate communication by growling his displeasure. Kiko does, however, need an adopter who is comfortable working with him and managing his environment to prevent undesirable behavior. If you might be interested in providing Kiko with his new home, please contact Italian Greyhound Place.
Milo and Kiko, listed separately, have been in the same household for approximately two years – Kiko was the resident dog when Milo was adopted. The owner indicated that they get along in that they do not fight, but they each tend to keep to themselves regarding each other – Milo sometimes tries to entice Kiko to play, but eventually Kiko growls at him. Consequently, they could certainly go to the same new home which could provide them with a familiar presence during the transition, or they could go to separate, new homes best suited to each of them. The owner’s circumstances necessitates that both dogs be placed in new homes.
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