Kai is a 4-5 year old female Chihuahua Cross. This lovely boy has come into rescue due to having some issues that have been made worse by being passed on and returned repeatedly. His original home that had him since a puppy had a baby who Kai developed quite a fascination with. He was not aggressive with her but spent a lot of time wanting to be close to her. The owners originally tried shutting him out of her room but he would push in and hide under her cot when they went to put her down for bed and became snappy and problematic when they tried to remove him from there.
Unfortunately they rectified this behavior by confining him to one room and not allowing him access to the baby (or any other member of the family.) Kai spent a great deal of time locked away and as a result has developed some confinement anxiety. He doesn’t bark or get destructive but when doors are closed on him he spends a great deal of time pacing backwards and forwards anxiously.
It’s a similar behaviour to weaving in horses when they are stabled for too long with little stimulation. He generally worries about where you are going if you walk towards a door and tries to barge past you first in panic that you are going to lock him away. He also panics about coming back into the house when you let him in to the garden as the only time he was allowed to go out of the room was when he went for toilet breaks and he worries that he’s going to get locked back in there.
Eventually the family recognized that the situation was not right for Kai and handed him over to a large scale rescue organization to find a home. They placed Kai with 2 homes in 3 months and he showed a lot of resource guarding behavior as well as the anxiety about being shut away. He is particularly worried about men now (possibly as a result of something that happened in the second home) and unfortunately was mishandled in the 3rd home causing him to bite. When he was returned to the organization they placed him on a euth list due to this and began looking for a rescue space for him with a non destruct rescue and that’s how he came into our care. He is a complex little lad who has had a lot of change in a short amount of time and is struggling to comprehend all this.
We are working on his confinement anxiety and pacing behavior with regular exercise and redirection, Surprisingly he doesn’t mind going in a crate so he is crates over night or when we go out. Kai is in foster with multiple dogs who he doesn’t really interact with or bother with, he isn’t a problem with them to be honest but he can be quite reactive when he sees them out on walks. He hasn’t been an issue with our cats. We haven’t seen any aggression from Kai other than showing us his teeth, sometimes he gets worried about things and doesn’t want anyone to touch him. If you try and handle him in this mindset he is defensive, we think he overthinks things and gets a bit freaked out over nothing.
However this hasn’t happened a lot and he is generally very sweet and affectionate. Kai is incredibly smart and knows an array of tricks, he picks new things up so quickly and would excel at trick training or something that allowed him to use his little noggin. Kai is housebroken, crate trained, non destructive in the home and ok to be left for small durations of time. He will take a patient understanding owner but will be a rewarding boy with the right home. The rescue are happy to offer continued support and advice with his issues. Due to his bite history we won’t be accepting applications with children.
Kai is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped and will be subject to a home check and adoption donation. He will also come with 4 weeks free insurance and a voucher for a box of free food.