Tony! Tony! Tony! This little puppy is a fast-moving, busy, fun little guy who would do well in an active home that enjoys teaching him tricks, playing games and solving puzzles. Tony is a real character and he rarely stops moving. His adopters should also be tolerant of a fair amount of alert barking because Tony has a lot to say about strangers walking in the front door (this is a work in progress, but also his natural inclination because he tends to be fearful and unsure of things that are new to him). We're told that his mama also takes a little time to warm up to new people so this isn't surprising since genetics play a large part in animal behavior. His foster family understands that to help Tony grow to be confident and outgoing, they need to keep him feeling safe and help create fabulous associations with objects and events that are going to be a part of daily life (most importantly, humans!). This litter spent their first 8 weeks of life in a shelter kennel and we are playing catchup now to teach them how to trust new things, to be brave in new places and to happily greet strangers, but it will take lots of patience, understanding and love. Tony is getting longer hairs all over his body and looks like he could grow up to be scruffy! His mama is about 15 pounds and that's all we know; their specific mix of breeds is anyone's best guess.
We ask that all WCAL puppy adopters commit to attending a 4 week-long reward-based training class with their new puppy (we'll help you find a qualified, dog-friendly trainer near you). This is the best way we know how to help you bond with your new pup, give you access to current training techniques and ensure that your new dog becomes a well-rounded member of society. We believe in being proactive and know from experience that the best time to train a dog is NOW! It's important that the dogs we rescue get the very best start. If you don't have time to attend training classes with a puppy, please consider choosing an adult dog or waiting to adopt until your schedule is more flexible.