8 yr old male Shiba – no kids, needs yard, needs a buddy dog
Haku has only ever lived in a puppy mill, until recently, when he was taken to a shelter. He was adopted, but quickly returned. Not a surprise, given Haku has no experience living in a home or interacting with humans. Most people don’t know what to do with a dog who is terrified of everything because they spent their entire life in a cage!
Haku needs someone familiar with the breed. Experience with fearful dogs is ideal, but it is not required. A calm energy, lots of time, patience, and the right attitude, is most important! Children would be too much for him. He needs a quiet home in the ‘burbs or a rural area.
Living in a home is foreign to Haku. Having a crate, which he deems his “safe space,” to hide in is essential. Everyday objects and noises, that we barely notice, can be frightening to Haku. He is easily overwhelmed and may not go to the bathroom in public spaces. Haku needs a home with a securely fenced yard for potty breaks as he continues to work on house training.
Haku has not learned to walk on leash yet. He will need to acclimate to his new environment first, then work on leash training in his fenced-in yard, before going out in the neighborhood.
As a fearful dog in a new home, Haku is a flight risk. If he’s spooked, his instinct will be to flee, even from his home or yard. Adopters will need to follow the rescue’s guidelines for proper handling and supervision to keep him safe.
Haku was surrounded by other dogs at the breeder’s, but had no freedom to interact and play. Haku co-exists nicely with the dogs in his foster home, but hasn’t learned to play yet. Having a mature, self-confident dog, to take his cues from would be extremely beneficial. Haku is good with cats.
We see a glimpse of the joyful dog that Haku will become in the right home, with the right people. He does “zoomies” in the living room when nobody is around. We look forward to the day when he is comfortable enough to do that with his humans around!
Interested in Haku? Complete an application online. Already on our waitlist? Email us at email@example.com or call/text 720-491-1278.
Haku’s adoption fee will be $175; including his neuter, vaccines, HW test/prev, and microchip.