Suitable for which type of housing? (House, townhome, apartment?): Any home, preferably with a yard.
Is your dog good with other dogs? Rico is reactive and prefers a home without dogs. However, this handsome boy is super intelligent and a fast learner. Rico has quickly improved at his foster home with simple training tricks combined with treats.
Is your dog good with cats? No. Rico being a quick learner will be an affable boy if the adoptive family helps him a little with his social skills.
Is your dog good with kids? Untested because the foster home doesn’t have kids. However, Rico lets kids playing at the foster home’s society pet him. That said, Rico still doesn’t have a sense of age and may pull if walked by a kid or jump up out of excitement. Would be best with kids who are used to playful dogs or kids of university going age.
Is your dog-house trained? Yes, except for a few accidents initially at the foster home (believe it was due to anxiety of being in a new environment). After the initial week, Rico has gone about his job in the outdoors.
Is your dog crate trained? No. But he can be left in the house home or a room while you are out for say grocery. At the foster home Rico has been left alone for 2 hours and he was doing just fine. Rico sleeps on his dog-bed outside of a crate.
Does your dog have any special needs? No.
Does your dog have any or display any aggression? (Toys, food or people?): Rico is totally cool and silly when playing with toys that will make you smile. He loves fetch and will drop the ball into your hands for another round of fetch. He will share his toys with you after he trusts you. With food he is patient and will wait for your “Go” before digging in. He is not protective of his food and you can go about doing your job when he’s eating. He is friendly with people that approach him with confidence and a treat in hand is even better!
Is your dog playful? Very playful in the outdoors; he loves to fetch. In the indoors he is totally cool and calm. He’ll sit by you when you call him for some petting, and thereafter he’ll lay by your feet or lazy around somewhere near you. Caution :-) Rico is a stalker. He always wants to be somewhere near you.
Does your dog like to snuggle? He is not a big snuggler. But he will let you snuggle with him and while you do be prepared as Rico will slobber you with kisses. He also wants to be petted and hugged after you return from grocery because you left him alone.
Does your dog know basic commands? (Sit, stay...): He knows Sit, No, Wait, Move, Back, Heel, Go, and Yes.
Does your dog know any special tricks? No.
Does your dog like to go on walks? Yes.
Does your dog have any fears? Rico fears dogs but is getting better with every walk.
Does your dog have any unique traits that you have noticed whether in personality or physically? No.
What are the three first words that come to mind when you think of your dog? Big-Heart, intelligent, playful.
Rico is a gentle giant! He is affectionate and playful. He is highly intelligent and behaves to situations – he is quiet when you work, lays by the kitchen throwing occasional glances at you cooking, waits patiently for his food, while is also playful when you do laundry or take him out for walks. His favorite activities are playing fetch, exploring trails, window gazing, and just lazing by you. He would make for a great travel or hiking buddy for the adoptive family. Oh by the way Rico is curious like a little kid and nothing can get in or out of your house without him sniffing and giving the go ahead :- ) Rico is looking for his forever home, preferably and would be a wonderful addition to a family with older kids or kids who have been with playful dogs.