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Halo Pomeranian Naperville, IL
- Yellow / Tan / Blond / Fawn
- Slow to bond, Suspicious, Fearful, Anxious, Affectionate once bonded, Playful once bonded, Has triggers that scare him, Hates grooming, Aggressive with cats, Gets aggressive when scared,
- Coat length
- Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered, special needs. Halo has Canine PTSD; his behavior can be very unpredictable.
- Good in a home with
- Other dogs.
- Prefers a home without
- Cats, children.
Meet Halo! Halo is a 2 year old male Pomeranian. He has had a very tough beginning being moved from home to home to shelter, and then adopted to another to home, then back to a shelter again.... This leads to a dog being very hesitant to trust, and who could blame him, right, as well as most often not housebroken, which is the case with Halo. Halo will bark at people he does not know; he will also run and spin in circles with new people, and at times he will go after ankles or feet and try to bite. If he is approached too fast by a stranger, someone he just met, or even his person/family members, especially during the bonding and adjustment period, he will growl, snap, and will bite if that person gets too close. Once Halo starts to trust, which takes a lot of time and patience, he becomes quite affectionate and playful, but his people still have to be careful not to trigger his defensive behaviors or accidentally scare him, this brings on aggression. Once comfortable, Halo loves to play fetch with a soft toy or small ball. Without knowing exactly what Halo went through in his previous life, it is difficult to know what sets him off. We have found some areas of sensitivity for Halo, "triggers" which we are working on with hopes to eventually avoid a negative reaction from him. For example, he is very sensitive around his head and neck; we have been practicing wearing a collar with an ID tag, as well as being leashed; he came to us afraid, not wanting to wear a collar & use a leash....trying to get it off as soon as it was put on......doing better now with practice, but only his most trusted person can leash him. Small dogs generally do better wearing a harness, but in order to reduce his neck reactiveness we are practicing leashing & unleashing his collar, putting on bandanas, scratching him around his neck, etc. Next we will start practicing with a harness and taking walks; 9/15/17 UPDATE: we have started training with harness/leash and taking walks, BUT the harness remains to be a trigger and is difficult to put on and take off, Halo will growl, try to get away, and wants to snap in the process. We are also, practicing picking him up, placing him back down, petting his head and as mentioned before petting and scratching his neck and shoulders to show him that this is a sign of affection and not to be feared. Halo is also suspicious of people wearing heavy or winter boots, sadly we are showing him that boots will not hurt him. He can also be suspicious of heavy dark glasses and hats or hoods that cover part of one's face. Halo is very anxious in a dog crate, but he does very well in a doggie playpen so to have a safe space of his own. 10/15/17 UPDATE: We have been practicing with Halo in and out of a crate so he knows that this is not something to fear, for the just incase he ever has to be transported in a crate to the vet or needs to be kenneled/boarded while his future people are out of town. Halo will potty both outside and inside on a potty pad, but he is not near 100% housebroken, still working on this, so in the process, he wears a belly band. He sleeps soundly through the night and is a good eater. Once Halo becomes familiar and comfortable in an environment and with a person he is showing trust in, he has a tendency to try to guard that person he is with, by growling at others who approach, especially when this person is his favorite person. We are working on this guarding behavior and this will need continued work once he is adopted. This behavior can be part of why some Poms are referred to as having a "snarky" attitude! With a lot of time and patience, and more time and patience, we are hopeful that Halo will be a wonderful companion for that Pomeranian experienced and rescue dog experienced person who loves to be home most often, as opposed to being out and on the go constantly. Halo is a homebody, remember new situations are scary for him! At this point, we do NOT recommend a plan of dropping off at doggie daycare while working, etc. Requirements: NO children, NO cats, ONLY Pomeranian and rescue dog experienced people should apply. Halo is neutered, up-to-date with vaccines, heartworm negative, on Heartgard Plus (heartworm disease preventative) and Nexgard (flea & tick protection), and he is microchipped. If you are interested in Halo, PLEASE send an email for an adoption application and questions. Halo is in a foster home in the Chicagoland area. NO facility to drop in and visit! Thank you.