(name, species, breed)
Poodle (Toy) / Poodle (Miniature) / Mixed (long coat) : : Male (neutered) : : Adult : : Small
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Matty needs a caretaker or foster! Won't you consider helping him get a new start?
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Matty needs a foster family or a permanent adopter as soon as possible! We will of course offer a foster-to-adopt trial for an approved adopter who would like to offer Matty a forever, loving home.
Matty went on a foster-to-adopt trial in mid-April, but unfortunately it was not the right environment for him. We knew from the beginning there was a chance the foster-to-adopt trial would not work because he was living in a second floor apartment, with a lot of foot traffic and vehicle activity. Matty was just too “aware” of his noisy surroundings and after a couple of months, we realized we need to find an appropriate home environment for him. He just needs to be in a much calmer environment. His current foster has provided the following information about Matty, which we hope will help us find a better match for him:
He learned a lot with the training. He knows "spot" as his mat, he sits, he does down, he does wait really well when we leave the apartment (I open the door and he waits for me to tell him okay). He also sits and waits when I put his food down until I tell him okay. We use hand signals as well. On walks if I see distractions coming, like bikes, people, etc., I refocus him by doing a tongue click-click and give him praise/a treat and most times we can avoid the barking/crazy stuff. His threshold seems to be about 3 distractions at once and then he can't control himself too well. We practice "come" in the house and he will sit on the mat. He doesn't beg too much when I'm eating at the table. If he does put his paws on me I use "off" and he will sit down or wander off. I think he does have the potential to learn so much more. He does like to play and we throw balls in the house and he loves to go get them but he does not like you to take them from him. I keep two balls going so when he drops one I throw the other and we trade them back and forth. He gets a little crazy sometimes but I didn't mind. I let him on my furniture and he slept on my bed, which he liked to cuddle and get petted and then would go to the foot of the bed to sleep. In the morning he liked to come up to face and greet me and get some more cuddles. He also thinks he's a lap dog (he is a little big but he never stops trying). He really does like to be loved on.
I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to have him and under different circumstances, namely environment, I would have loved nothing more than to keep him. I know I wasn't what you had in mind, but I think he did feel safe and was able to bond with me and learn a lot so now he knows one more person that won't hurt him. I hope the next person will be his forever home because he really does deserve to have loving people and a safe environment to be a good doggie.”
The best situation for Matty would be :
- An experienced dog owner — Matty will NOT be a good pup for a first-time dog owner
- An adopter living in a home (rather than an apartment or condo)
- A home with 1-2 adults maximum
- A home with NO children
- A home with NO dogs
- Matty is fine around cats!
- An available crate for Matty to relax in — he seems to be very fond of his crate, which is a good thing
ORIGINAL RESCUE STORY
This handsome little guy was found wandering in the streets of Tijuana, scared to death and running in between traffic. He was extremely matted and hence his hair had to go. We think Matty is a young adult between 1-2 years old and is currently under 15 pounds. He is likely a Poodle/Bichon/Maltese mix.
Matty can be very shy and weary of humans and it takes him time to allow people to touch him. In fact, it took several people to corner him in the streets of Tijuana in order to rescue and help him. Once he was initially in their care, he stayed at arms length. However, after a few days he learned to trust people and enjoys jumping on the lap of the person he trusts. He is very dog friendly and we think he will likely be good around cats too. Because of his weariness, we do not know how he will do around young children, as he may be scared and uncomfortable with fast movements.
If you would like to meet this handsome little guy, please submit a dog adoption application online at arwob.org
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