When Miles was in ACCAC, he would hide from people who wanted to take him to the interaction pens. When Foster Mom first met him, he had to be carried to the pen, only to stand in the corner for the entire time she had him out. Another shelter pup was in the pen next to him and he would wag his tail and perk up when they sniffed nose to nose. This encouraged Foster Mom and now that Trey is sharing a home with Miles, he is learning a lot from him! Trey has helped Miles with his confidence and if Trey is soaking up the attention, Miles tends to be close by and more willing to be pet. The most consistent way to love on Miles is to get on his level and let him sniff your kisses. He's a curious fellow, so while he sniffs, you reach your hand out and scratch his chest. He then will sit there and let you scratch his head, ears, neck, everywhere! But if you walk up to him, he isn't quite ready to receive the same attention.
So far, Miles has proven to do very well with other dogs and would do best in a home with a play mate to keep his confidence up. The size of the dog doesn't matter, though the playful ones are who get him to come out of his shell. Miles is very shy upon new introductions and may try to run away if the new canine is too nosy. But ultimately, it only takes a minute or two and he's frolicking around and playing! Miles hasn't been around children or cats yet and he probably won't be going to and Adoption Events until he's built up his self esteem. Though he has successfully taken steps on a leash, he is not very comfortable on walks at all and tends to just freeze. The less attention you give him, the more likely he will follow, but he has some work to do there. He is fully housebroken and signals by barking or pawing at the door when he needs to go out. He seems to have a sensitive stomach and variety has proven to be a not-so-good thing when it comes to Miles' diet. He is currently eating a very bland dog food and hopefully his stomach will sort itself out over the next couple of days.
Though he is going to require some TLC, Miles had made leaps and bounds of progress since being at the shelter. Every day he gets a little more curious and all he wants to do is be a part of the pack. Despite his timid nature, he prefers to be near people and in the same room as the family, it just needs to be on his terms. Stay tuned as Miles adapts to his new surroundings!
We require a home visit for all of our adoptions. Because of this, we only adopt to homes within 30 minutes of Athens, GA. Please visit our website for more info.(www.athenscaninerescue.com)
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