Personality: Antonio is a big and gorgeous boy who needs help to build confidence and learn that this world isn't as scary as it seems. He is shy in new places and environmentally sensitive around new things and loud noises. He would highly benefit from a low key home where he is given time to adjust with an experienced adopter that can help to socialize him once he has bonded with his humans. Once more comfortable, Antonio becomes playful and needs space to burn his energy. He can become very jumpy and mouthy when excited, he will need an experienced home that can work with him on basic obedience training.
Post-adoption scholarship has been sponsored by Pedigree Foundation.
History: Antonio came to us from one of our partner shelters in Central Valley. He was adopted and returned due to his rowdy behavior (he is young, energetic dog in need of some basic obedience training).
Dog Skills: We suspect that Antonio hadn't been exposed to other dogs in his previous life much so he is fearful when he sees other canines, he will bark at other dogs when on leash or behind fence. While at HSSV he has successfully gone on parallel walks with tolerant, friendly dogs that he is able to relax around, walk next to other dog nicely and even be off leash in a dog yard for some light play. Antonio would highly benefit from lots of appropriate socialization with other friendly, tolerant dogs with a help from positive reinforcement trainer.
Cat Skills: We have no information on Antonio around cats.
Leash Skills: Antonio is still learning how to walk on leash properly. Because he is environmentally sensitive he will try to hide between humans legs and jump up on the human walking him for comfort. It is important that as Antonio slowly builds his confidence, he learns that walking nicely next to his human is the safest way to walk for both, him and his person.
Medical: In early September it was noted through xrays that Antonio has Osteochondritis Dessicans (often referred to as OCD) in his shoulders. With this condition a fragment of cartilage becomes detached from the joint, causing irritation. This may result in arthritis as he ages. He is currently pain free and moving normally. He also has osteomyelitis, a bone infection. This was caught early and with pain medication and antibiotics he is feeling much better. Adopters must be ready to help Antonio recover and to check in with their family veterinarian for options on future care.