Personality: Dominic is an absolute sweetheart who prioritizes snuggles over all else! He is a gentle, loving pup, who just wants to be close to his humans as much as possible. He is potty trained, very good on walks, and loves people. He absolutely loves food and is very treat motivated. He can't wait to find a family that he can cuddle up with every day!
History: Dominic has been living in a foster home with another dog (80lb pittie). Dominic and our dog have gotten along really well together! We don't have any kids and just have two adults in the home, so we aren't sure how he does around kids. He will need a little training to learn not to jump up on people when they come home because he is so excited to see them. Dominic is fully convinced that he is a lap dog and loves to climb into people's laps whenever they sit on the couch. :)
Dog/ Cat Skills: Dominic did very well meeting our dog. He hasn't shown much interest in playing with our dog (which suits us because our dog doesn't play much either), but he definitely takes cues from our dog, especially on walks. He hasn't shown much interest in other dogs on walks. He can get a little nervous when he hears dogs barking at him, but he has been getting less nervous every day. We haven't had him around any small animals or cats.
Leash Skills: Dominic does great on walks! We haven't gone for too many walks because he was recovering some injuries while in foster care, but he walks well on a leash and hasn't pulled so far. We have only walked him with our dog there, so he might be more nervous/timid walking by himself at first, but he has been getting more confident every day.
Medical: Dominic may have a flea allergy, which means that the pet is allergic to flea bites. Pets with this condition can develop very itchy skin and hair loss even when they only have a few fleas. While at HSSV, this pet has been treated with monthly flea prevention, such as Advantage or Frontline. The new adopters are advised to keep up with monthly flea prevention in order to control this possible flea allergy. Domonic has mild hip dysplasia in both hips. Hip dysplasia is a condition in which the "ball and socket" joint of the hip does not fit well. Currently, he shows mild changes in his gait (the way he walks) but does not appear lame or reluctant to exercise. He has no evidence of arthritis on his x-rays and no treatment is recommended. Dominic arrived at HSSV on 12/1/20 with deep wounds to his front legs, especially the left front limb. He was treated with antibiotics, pain medications, and wound care for several weeks. His soft tissue wounds have resolved completely. We anticipate that the trauma to the bones of the front limbs will continue to resolve and that he will return to normal activity over time.
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