Riley is a cute but very shy 10-month-old Havanese learning about life outside of a puppy mill. He loves playing with his canine foster brother and sisters. He runs and explores happily in the fenced backyard, plays "tug," and is always up for a game of chase. This sweet boy needs an adult-only home with a completely fenced yard and a well-socialized resident dog to help show him the ropes.
Riley may never be an outgoing dog, but he is very loving in his own quiet way. He kisses his foster mom's feet and legs when she prepares his food or washes dishes, comes to kiss her hand when she's sitting down, and wags his tail happily when he greets her or hears his name called. He does not walk well on a leash yet, although he continues to be exposed to this.
Riley is still frightened of being picked up but has learned to run to his crate to settle himself first. He settles in comfortably once he's on your lap. Riley has only recently begun approaching his foster mom's hand when she extends it and calls to him. He had a problem with submissive urination early in his time in foster care, but this has improved considerably. He may need work with this again when he adjusts to a new home.
Riley has the well-developed Havanese trait of paper shredding. Nothing is safe if it's within reach, so it's good that Riley is a very small Havanese, weighing just 8 pounds.
Riley is doing a nice job with his potty training but his new family will need to continue working on this with him. He goes out when offered the chance and signals his need to go out by circling around the door.
You can see videos of Riley playing with his foster brother and sisters at these links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdGfjUAgJCM Riley on a typical day outside his first month in foster care.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL7R81Xq4sI Riley plays with his foster sister, Rosie.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtT3hyfeTFk Here you can see Riley practice some doggie acrobatics
Riley is being fostered in WI
This dog is in our "Foster To Adopt" program, which means he's being fostered by his eventual adopters. Information on the program may be found here. Participation in this program may increase your chances of adopting a Havanese.