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Hazel D160484

Chihuahua / Rat Terrier / Mixed (short coat) / Female / Adult

Details about Hazel D160484

  • ID D160484
  • Available for Adoption
  • Dog
  • White with Black
  • Coatlength: Short
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Good with Cats: Yes
  • Good with Adults: All
  • Reaction to New People: Cautious

More about Hazel D160484

  • Energy Level: Moderate
  • Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor Only

Name: Hazel
Age: DOB 2/27/2016
Gender: Female
Breed: Chihuahua / Rat Terrier
Weight: 15 lbs
Dog friendly: Dog selective
Cat friendly: Yes
Kid friendly: No
House trained: Yes
Crate trained: No
Energy level: Moderate
History: Owner surrender
Adoption Fee: $400

Loving rattie/chi seeks quiet household. 

Some things you will love about Hazel:

  1. Hazel has SASS! She’s rat terrier and chihuahua and somehow she’s extra of each! Anything and everything below that may seem challenging are classic breed characteristics but since Hazel is a little extra, previous rat terrier and/ or chihuahua experience is required to set everyone up for success. 
  2. She loves walks! Other than treats, walks are Hazel’s favorite thing!
  3. Hazel walks very nicely on leash. She either walks next to you or in front of you, but doesn’t pull at the leash.
  4. Hazel loves to snuggle with you. (When she feels like it! I mean, she is a rattie, so she's super independent) Her preferred sleeping spot is under the covers with you! She’s also a perfect date to Netflix & chill with.
  5. Hazel is very food motivated - this makes training so much easier!
  6. Hazel is a great guard dog! She takes her duty to protect the house and her family very seriously. Strangers beware!
  7. Hazel loves toys and will play by herself or with a friend! Hazel loves other dogs, but only the dogs in her family. She currently lives with large and small dogs.  She would love a live-in dog buddy to play with but does not tolerate canine visitors who are seen as a threat that she must protect her family from. Needless to say, occasional play dates and dog parks are out of the question. She is also fine as an only dog.
  8. She doesn’t need a crate! In fact, Hazel has some history with crating and while I’m a staunch supporter of crate training, it will not work for this dog. Fortunately, that’s no problem because she isn’t destructive when left out!

 

Some things to be aware of about Hazel

  1. Hazel is an anxious, fearful little girl. She’s on fluoxetine (doggie Prozac) which is helping a ton, but she’s never going to be a happy-go-lucky kind of gal. She was not well socialized. She is especially afraid of men and kids. Hazel is not a family dog. She would do best with a single person or couple in a quiet household with infrequent visitors. She needs time. and patience. and love. When she knows she’s done well, she gets SO proud of herself and prances and wags her WHOLE body. It will make your entire day.
  2. It takes Hazel a long time to give you her trust. This is a product of her fear and her anxious temperament. Gaining her trust will be an evolution over months, not days or weeks. In the meantime, she needs a safe place to go when needed and someone who will patiently and persistently pursue her love and trust. I’ve found that mostly she wants to feel safe and protected. If you have the patience and are willing to put in the time, winning the trust of a fearful dog will melt. your. heart. Guaranteed.
  3. Hazel is fully housetrained. But. She is a nervous peer and no signal if she needs to go, so you have to pay attention or take her out on a schedule. Her previous owner left pads out as a just-in-case and Hazel was using them. When it rains, Hazel has held it a surprisingly long time. She also poops in the house. It is what it is. 
  4. Hazel is a great guard dog! This is characteristic of her breeds and she takes it very seriously, whether you actually feel threatened or not. She needs a confident handler, experienced with either chihuahuas or rat terriers. Hazel would not fit in a busy household with people/dogs coming and going. Obviously, we all have visitors occasionally and I can help you with how to manage her during these visits.
  5. She hates being left alone and will bark continuously until someone returns. For this reason Hazel cannot live in an apartment or any home with shared walls. Only exception would be retired or working from home post- COVID. Another dog counts as company!

So, admittedly, Hazel is a bit of a challenge at first. But I promise she’s SO worth it. And she deserves a someone who will love and cherish her for every plus and every minus and love her forever.

Ideal would be a person or couple who is home a lot, doesn’t have tons of visitors, may have another dog, and would love to invest in a best friend.

 

Through the course of my veterinary care at Secondhand Hounds it was discovered that I have a systolic click, which can be an early indicator of cardiac disease. After consulting with a cardiologist, it was determined that my heart size and shape is normal, therefore no medication or further treatment is needed at this time. Future adopters should establish a relationship with their primary veterinarian to continue to monitor, and chest x-rays are recommended every 6 months.