rio

QUICK FACTS: ✔️ Good with kids and other dogs! ✔️ Crate trained! ✔️ Great running buddy! ✔️ Good for beginner dog owner!

hound Mix|male|6 months old|44 lbs|Adoption Fee $375


Updates from Foster Home: 

Pupdate 1: A typical day with Rio starts with letting him out of his crate for a quick potty break, breakfast, and a morning walk. He roams the house freely while we get organized for the day, and then goes back into his crate while the humans are at work. After work, another potty break is followed by dinner and a longer walk around the neighborhood. Rio's still got energy at this point, so he plays with his toys (sometimes with humans, sometimes by himself) until he's tired out. He then takes a nap in his living room doggy bed during the evening, occasionally walking around the house to look out various windows. At bedtime, we go outside one more time and then back into the crate until morning. Rio is a sweet puppy and loves meeting new people - he loves to get belly rubs and to lick the hands that pet him. His tail wags like no tomorrow when he interacts with humans. He is mostly curious about children and approaches them more cautiously, but is gentle and still loves the same attention. We've had a party at the house with over a dozen people, food on tables, lots of people moving around - and Rio has done great; he is very calm in crowds. He does not jump on people, he sits down and waits for their affection. We've taken him to the Memorial Union terrace and he was extremely well-behaved and enjoyed relaxing in the grassy areas watching the world go by.

For a puppy, Rio isn't as typically energetic as other dogs may be, but still has that puppy vitality. On a leash, Rio seems to never run out of steam and will walk as long as you want to. He also will run and keep up with you if you start running on a walk. After a 20 or 30 minute walk, he'll be worn out enough to take a long nap in the living room. Two walks a day seem to keep him from getting too fidgety, but we try to do 3 on the weekends. With other dogs, Rio is calm and submissive. Sometimes he is not confident and may try to retreat. He is not aggressive toward other dogs, he likes to sniff them. We have not seen how Rio behaves around cats. Rio has some anxiety about being left alone - if outside of his crate, he paces, whines, and sometimes jumps on doors. He is better behaved in a crate, but will whine for a little while at first if being left alone. He does voluntarily go into his crate at night (some nights faster than others), but wishes the next morning would come more quickly so he can see his humans again. Rio uses a nightlight near his crate to help him sleep so he can see around in the dark. For breakfast and dinner, we feed Rio 1.25 cups of Purina Puppy Chow. He is very motivated by peanut butter, and prefers solid treats to soft ones. Rio knows "sit" (and knows it much more quickly if there is a treat at stake). We've been using "find a spot" as his outside potty words, and "want to go outside?" as a prompt if he's standing by the backdoor.