KoKo **ON ADOPTION TRIAL**
10 month old female Shiba, no cats, no apts/condos, $400 adoption fee
KoKo is as cute as they come, super sweet and a total goofball who will make you laugh every day! She is still very much a puppy, so she can be a handful. Like most puppies, she still lacks some impulse control, is still a chewer, and will need continued work on socialization to people, dogs, and the world! She came from a home that loved her dearly, but didn’t set enough boundaries, or get her the exercise and training she needed, so she thinks she can rule the ruse 😉 She needs someone who has the time to exercise her, work on training, and establish the leadership and structure she needs. KoKo gets easily overwhelmed when new dogs come on too strong. She is great with other Shibas, or dogs that approach her calmly, and loves to play!
She likes to chase cats and chickens, so should not live with them. She lived with kids (4-7) in her previous home and tolerated them. Any kids in the home would need to be old enough to be respectful of her space. She is house trained, crate trained, and leash trained. She’s been separated from her littermate for the first time, and didn’t get enough exposure to the outside world, so she was very insecure at first, but has made so much progress in rescue. Her adopter will need to be sensitive to her need to take things slowly when faced with unfamiliar environments, people, and dogs. We’d like her to be with another well socialized, mature, and confident dog that will be a leader for her and help her feel safe and secure! This dog, however, should not be a resource guarder, as she has shown the potential for guarding behaviors.
KoKo is not your typical Shiba in that she is a barker! She is too reactive to visual and audial stimuli to be successful in an apartment/condo setting. She would do best in a home where there is not too much stimulation to trigger her, or in an environment where barking will not be a bother to her adopters or neighbors. Her foster home is on a busy walking trail and park, so our hope is that the barking will be reduced to the usual ‘guard dog’ alerts once in a less busy setting.
KoKo’s adoption fee is $400 and includes her spay, vaccinations, heartworm test & prevention starter pack, microchip, and a basic training class with a rescue approved trainer. We will begin by looking to our waitlist for an adopter, but will consider new applications if necessary.