Ernest is an ultimate lapdog. While he is initially shy, he is loving, gentle and wants to cuddle anytime you are stationary. He is very well behaved, he is house-trained, walks on a leash very well and knows a few commands. He is also very quiet and does not bark or whine as long as there is someone with him. He has been left alone for a few hours and there is some isolation distress- he has not been at all destructive but barks and cries until he eventually settles.
He is timid dog but slowly becoming more confident. He can be nervous of new people, but seems to be getting more trusting. He is still working on confidence
He does not seem to be treat it food oriented although he loves a little bit of cooked chicken every now and then. Doesn't seem to be big on chewing but has bursts of using a chew stick.
He does seem to have a bit of sensitivity around his neck and so we have been using a harness for him instead of a collar when he's leashed which worked very well.
Please tell us more about your household. Has your foster been living with children or other animals? Ernest has been living in a quiet, single person household with no other pets. He seems to do well in this environment due to his timidness. Over time, he may be comfortable playing with other small dogs but he is scared of bigger dogs. Due to his temperament, a household where he can have some quiet time as well as lots of attention and love would work well.
How has your foster done when meeting new dogs? If you have other dogs in the home how did they do with them overall? When meeting new dogs, if they are his size, there is some nervousness but also interest in wanting to play. Bigger dogs or noisy dogs barking make him very scared
Has your foster been around cats or small animals? How did they do? No experience of him being around cats or small animals
How does your foster walk on leash? Do they enjoy going for walks? He walks on a leash very well but can stall when he is getting comfortable. Again, he responds better to a harness and leash than a leash on a collar. He knows commands of 'stop' 'go'. He usually walks to heel but he needs patience. Busy and loud environments can be overwhelming and he can get stressed and will stop for a while. He also likes to pause frequently to look and sniff his surroundings. If people are walking behind him he stops and waits for them to pass. In a calm, low traffic environment where he feels safe he walks to heel.