Oliver is available to adopt, along with a ton of other amazing pets at Hopalong Animal Rescue who deserve a great forever home!
Oliver is a young chihuahua who was living in a homeless encampment and given up by his owner and brought to Hopalong to rehome. He is probably between 6 months and a year old, healthy, social and very sweet. He is a very independent little guy who loves to mountain-goat to the top of the furniture and survey the scene, but also loves warm blankets and cuddles with his foster mom or dad. He has been very good with his foster dog brother who is about the same size but grumpy - Oliver reads social cues well.
Oliver loves toys - to chew or fetch or play keep-away when his foster brother is in the mood. He's not a nervous chihuahua and doesn't pee when scared - sometimes when you go to pick him up he will crouch but never pees (like many chis will do). He's good in the car, but can be nervous when being carried out in public. Lots of experiences are obviously new to Oliver.
Oliver had a marking problem at first that has gotten much better. He has good bladder control but due to his time on the street he is used to marking his territory, inside or outside the house. With oversight and immediate correction he has learned that he shouldn't do this. He's eager to please and doesn't like to be in trouble so it's easy to correct him.
Olvier is resistant to having things put around his neck or body (collar, harness) but is fine once it's on. I have a feeling he was restrained around his neck in the past and is afraid. If you are confident and put his collar on quickly he is fine. He has been very whiny in the crate but we are also working on crate conditioning him with short spurts and lots of treats.
Oliver is a quirky little guy that is still getting used to having a traditional home life, but will be a great addition to the right household.
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