Here is what the shelter staff had to say about him: Channing is pretty frightened at the shelter but he is making progress with us in a foster home. The first time I met him, he would eat bits of cheese I tossed to him but would run away if I approached. During our second meeting, he took cheese from my hand, and choose to spend time near me in our office. Today, during our third visit, he hopped up at my leg when he saw the leash, and trotted happily alongside me on leash. In the office, he asked to go outside by sitting at the gate and whining. I suspect he is house trained and has been a house dog.
Channing is uncomfortable with strangers reaching for him or handling him, so I've gone slowly with him and always followed handling with cheese. Today I started petting him a little, and he did ok- he was obviously nervous, but tolerated it and even chose to move closer! Chandler snapped at an officer who extended her hand to him in our office yesterday- It was clearly a warning snap (he bopped her finger with his nose)- but he will need an experienced and patient foster/forever home.
Here's what his foster mom has to say:
The longer we have him the more comfortable he becomes and we can see his true nature. He's a little bit "curmudgeony"! I mean by that that he's not crazy about puppies and prefers peace and quiet. We had our son's 1 year old dog this week also and he and the puppy played constantly. Channing didn't get involved. When we had everyone on the bed, he would growl if they got too near. He moved up to the head of the bed and snapped once so we haven't allowed him on the bed since. He has to learn that it's never, ever acceptable behavior. He doesn't go to his crate as much as he did the first time he was with us. He's more comfortable around the house.
He seems to have been pretty spoiled in his previous situation and is used to having his way. He bonds quickly to one person and that's it. He follows me everywhere and if I go on an errand Lance says he sleeps by the front door.
He'd be most successful with someone who has dog experience for sure. If they knew strong-willed Pom personalities that'd be heaven! Once he's settled and comfortable he's the easiest dog in the world. It's getting him settled and going sloooow the first week that's critical. He's playing with the dogs now so that's a good sign. He's not fighting for alpha position anymore or growling at Baby every time he flops on top of him. He uses his growl as a warning and we've been working on that a lot. He's corrected immediately and rarely does it now.
He lives to get outside and LOVES being outdoors! A new owner would win him over quickly if he took him walking a lot or better yet, hiking, camping, boating, mountain climbing... I've never seen a dog SO excited at the sight of a leash! It makes him crazy happy to get out and explore. He's a real DOG dog. He gets bored if in the house too long so even if the adopters just had a big back yard to chase squirrels in it would help. He barks when he sees people but I think that's him letting people know he's protecting me. When we pass the same people on our walks the second time he doesn't give them the slightest glance. We're working on correcting the barking at strangers but it may be a plus for people who want "notification" when there is anyone around the house!
He's a beautiful soul and a real love, that is for sure, and with the exception of potential guarding issues he's an easy going, obedient and a smart dog that's craving love and attention. He's be a perfect "only dog" for someone. He tolerates other dogs but wants the majority of the attention. As far as going places, he LOVES to go with me anywhere. He jumps up on his hind legs and stretches his neck back so I can put his leash on his collar better. I swear!! I'd look for an adopter who can take him to work so he's not left alone at home alone. He'd be a perfect gentleman at the office. An active person who really wants a companion animal and will take him walking and on adventures would be great because he needs the stimulation. Channing can run like the wind too! He'll also need grooming.
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