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COCOA Terrier & Labrador Retriever Mix Manhattan, NY

  • Puppy
  • Female
  • Medium

About

House-trained
Yes
Health
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
Good in a home with
Other dogs, cats, children.

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Meet COCOA

COCOA - 16 weeks & 12lbs (as of 3/26/24), Terrier/Lab, Female - Expected to be about 40lbs full-grown

This puppy is eligible to join our foster-to-adopt program. Please email fostertoadopt@socialteesnyc.org with the animal's name in the subject line if you are interested! Want to straight-up adopt? Submit an adoption application at socialteesnyc.org.

Their Foster Parent Says: "This little lady is a love bug. She's a charmer who loves cuddles, human interaction, and playing. We go for walks four times a day, although brief walks whilst she becomes accustomed to city life. Cocoa is one smart puppy who is very treat-motivated. She learns fast and is pee pad trained - we're currently working on her walking, going potty outside, and crate training. Cocoa is good with other dogs and cats too."

Level of dog ownership experience needed:
INTERMEDIATE: As an adult, this dog will need significant structure and plenty of daily exercise, training, and mental stimulation 90 consecutive minutes of movement in the morning plus potty break walks and brain games throughout the day. The adopter must have relevant primary care experience with a similar breed, temperament, and/or energy level. (Primary care experience includes ownership, fostering, or dog sitting as an adult, not a dog you grew up with.) Relevant puppy care experience is a huge plus, but bare minimum the adopter must have TONS of time and patience. Raising a puppy can be a lot of fun, but it's also tremendous work. Puppies' personalities and exercise/stimulation requirements change dramatically between now and when they're a year old as their bodies and brains develop, so an active lifestyle and the ability to adapt to a pup's evolving needs are a must. We strongly urge professional dog training with a rewards-based trainer from the get-go. Adults only or kids ages 8 and up all puppies go through a mouthy, rambunctious phase and often accidentally hurt children when playing. PLEASE DO YOUR OWN BREED RESEARCH to make sure you have a better understanding of the kind of temperament and exercise requirements this dog may have as an adult.

Energy level

MEDIUM: Very young puppies sleep and nap a lot, but their energy level skyrockets when they become teens (4 months to around a year). As an adult, this dog will need significant structure and plenty of daily exercise, training, and mental stimulation 90 consecutive minutes of movement in the morning plus potty break walks and brain games throughout the day at a minimum. (This is regardless of dog size many small breeds were designed for lots of activity and will exhibit unwanted behavior when they're understimulated.)

Cuddle bug level:

High - super into cuddle time!

Potty trained?
Working on this skill. Nailing the pee pads. Working on going outside.

Crate trained?
Working on this skill - the foster parent is implementing crate training into the daily schedule

Comfy with strangers?

Yes, but it takes a minute to warm up to new people.

Social with dogs?

Yes. Some puppies are shy, others are bold, but all have the potential to be taught healthy socializing skills. It's a huge part of raising a puppy and must be done carefully. How they interact with other dogs depends largely on how their humans help them learn to. Currently in a home with another dog :)

Social with children? (ALWAYS requires adult supervision)
Yes but most puppies are not a great match for a home with kids under age 8 because they go through intense mouthy play and rambunctious phases and often accidentally hurt young kids while playing. Children must always be monitored and taught to interact with dogs of any age respectfully.

Social with cats?
Yes. Almost all puppies have the potential to be friends with a cat. It's on the adopter to know their cat's temperament and preferences and to teach their puppy respectful manners. Currently in a foster home with 2 cats.

Mouthy play:
High! All puppies go through phases where they chew your stuff and grab your hands, arms, and feet puppies naturally explore the world, play, and test boundaries with their mouths. (It also happens when they're teething.) Their teeth are super sharp though, so it can be a very painful phase for humans and other animals in the home. Proper training, outlets, and socialization are key.

Leash manners:
Working on it. Doing pretty well with the leash.

Okay in the city?

Yes - doing okay with the city. Getting more confident every day.

Jumping to say hi?

Does it to people she knows. Good about not doing it to strangers.

Separation anxiety?
MEDIUM: Most puppies have some level of separation anxiety as they learn to self-soothe. Often they cry the first 10+ minutes when they are left home alone or in a crate. Consistent training and alone time are crucial.

Crate Trained?

Working on it - Foster is using a crate. Puppy is learning this skill.

Medical status:

Up to date on their DHPP and Bordetella vaccines (for dogs under 4 months old, adopters will need to finish the DHPP vaccine series and administer the Rabies vaccine at 16 weeks of age). We provide spay and neuter for all of the dogs in our care!

How this dog ended up with Social Tees:
Most of our dogs come via partner groups who help us save them from shelters where they are at risk of euthanasia in Tennessee or St. Thomas. There are very few spay/neuter resources there and many more animals in those areas than there are people to adopt them. Rescue groups like ours bring them to the northeast where the desire for pets like these allows us to save their lives.

PLEASE NOTE: We cannot guarantee any breed mix, exact age, or full-grown size (if the dog is under a year old). We do our best with very educated guesses though!

This animal is not at the Social Tees office, all are in foster homes.

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  • Puppy
  • Female