Cocoa Bean the Timid Chiweenie
9/2017: No longer available
7/2017: Looking for an adopter, currently in foster care. 3-4 years old, 10 lbs. Chihuahua/Dachshund “Chiweenie.” Good with dogs.
Cocoa Bean is a 3-4 year old chihuahua mix. She is also house-trained. Cocoa Bean is one of the most affectionate dogs I have ever fostered! She was very nervous when she arrived here two weeks ago, and it took her some time before she felt comfortable around us. She is a very shy and fearful dog with strangers and she wants to be the one to make the first move when she feels comfortable, which must happen on her own schedule. She seems to have a preference for men, and was asking for belly rubs from my boyfriend days before she wanted them from me. However, with time, she has accepted me and greets me when I come home from work with high jumps, licks and the sweetest puppy eyes. Although my boyfriend is still “her person” and she is his shadow, I have not experienced any possessive behavior over him. She has no handling issues and we can pick her up, wipe her paws, and check her for ticks with no problems!
She is a moderate energy dog. She likes walks and will play with my dog, who is about her size.However, what she really loves is napping right next to her people, preferably while her neck or belly get scratched. She wants to be touching at all times. She sleeps in her crate at night, but would definitely prefer cuddling with her human all night long.
She is playful with my dog and they are figuring out each other’s play styles. She is easily redirected when the play session gets too rowdy. She has exhibited some guarding behavior with respect to food and toys toward my dog (but never us). However, as she is feeling more and more comfortable with my dog, her guarding behavior with respect to toys appears to be lessening.
Cocoa Bean is doing the best she can to adjust to the hustle and bustle of city living. Her ideal home would be in a more suburban setting with a yard, where her interactions with strangers and unknown leashed dogs can be controlled and limited. She likes going outside (and does a very happy dance when we pull out her leash), but is still getting used to walking on leash in the big city, being surrounded by lots of unknown people and leashed dogs. She gets very excited when she sees dogs and wants to sniff them (whether they want that or not!), and gets agitated when not allowed to greet them, so she will need some training in that area. She gets nervous when strangers get too close to her, make eye contact with her, or engage with her in any way. And she will respond by barking and growling. However, she has no problem passing people by as long as they are a respectable distance away, and we are also working on distracting her with treats when she gets too anxious outside.
Cocoa Bean is hoping to find a Chihuahua-savvy owner, who will understand that she needs time to adjust to a new environment, who will let her come out of her shell on her own time, and who will love snuggling with her on the couch.
Care of Friends with Four Paws. Located in Astoria, NY. She is spayed and up to date on all shots.
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