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Tiny Craftybox

Age Sex Breed Weight
~2 Year Old Male Terrier Mix 20 lbs

Need to know…
He needs an experienced dog owner to continue with his training. He will be an escape artist in his new home. He can be quite noisy and needs a quiet rural home with limited distractions. He has been known to lunge and bark at other dogs and people on walks which is why it’s important for a quiet area so he does not get over stimulated. He is Mandatory Training to ensure you both get off on the right foot.

Vet Details
  Neutered
  Microchipped
  Vaccinated

     
No Cats Gets along well but takes time to warm up. Prefers females over males. No Children under 16 Years Old please
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It’s a gorgeous Friday, and a great day for my debut! My name is Tiny Craftybox, but my foster family calls me “Tiny” for short. It suits me! I’m a male husky/terrier mix, and I only weigh 20 lbs! See, I do live up to my name! I am about 2 years old, and full of life. I am also ALL terrier, so I will tell you about myself.
You see, I am tenacious, noisy, and busy like a terrier. I love to bark at almost everything (and I do mean everything), and have a high screeching bark like a terrier. If I am unsure of something, or introduced for the first time, I tend to bark. The first time I saw my foster mom use a hair dryer I had to warn her about it by barking! My foster family has really helped me understand that I don’t need to bark at everything. At first I used to bark at everything outside the window, but now I just stand and watch the world go by. My foster family took their time, built trust, and gave me direction on what behaviour is acceptable and what is not acceptable. It has taken a few months for me to build trust in my foster family, so please do not think that this will happen in one day in a new environment. At one point, I decided I would bark at the squirrels outside of the yard, but my foster mom just says “Tiny Come!” and I run to the house as fast as I can. I’m very fast!
I need an experienced owner to continue with my training. I have the potential to be such an amazing dog, and my foster family has brought out so much of that potential! But please understand, just because I act a certain way in my foster home, if you are not consistent in my training, I will not act the same for you. I also need time to adjust and settle in. If you are a first time dog owner, I am not the dog for you. If you have only had family pets growing up, I am not the dog for you. If you have any fear of dogs, I am not the dog for you.
I will be an escape artist in a new environment. Therefore, I will need to be on leash for at least 30 days in my new home. Please treat me as a dog, so in order to learn how to read my body language and teach me yours, minimal touching and talking will help me adjust to my new home in a healthy way and help us build a solid relationship. I may be little, but I really am a northern dog at heart.
The biggest challenge I have is seeing things when out walking or on the street. By things I mean mostly dogs, sometimes people. If I were honest, I did come from up north and lived in Toronto for a while, but I did not do well there. There was too much activity and I spent my time barking and lunging at everything then turned to try to bite my owner. I can easily get overexcited and overstimulated in new and exciting areas. My foster mom has worked very hard with me to help and I have not redirected in a long time, but my new family has to continue the work as well. I need to have a home in a more quiet area – if you live in a busy urban or suburban area, or live in a condo or apartment then I am not the dog for you. I used to pull and not know how to walk on a leash, but I’m a pro now! We are still practicing in busy environments as sometimes it’s ok, sometimes I do bark so that just shows I need more practice. In my new home, we will need to do lots of leash training first before you can just take me on neighbourhood walks, otherwise my bad habits will come back very quickly. My foster family takes me on hikes and I love them!
I am also not great meeting or even seeing new dogs – I bark, whine, lunge and try to take control with my teeth. Once I have met them, they aren’t so bad the next time I see them. My foster mom can tell me to leave it and I do, but my new home has to do the training so I understand them too. There are 4 dogs in my foster family, and it took a couple days but now I am just one of the crew. I am better with female dogs than male and love to play with my foster sisters. I need someone who understands dog language to help me meet new dogs, once I know the dog then I’m ok. But if my human is nervous or unsure, then I will be too. My foster mom calls me little Napoleon – my attitude makes up for my size!
I love to play tug and fetch, and my foster mom has used play with me to teach me lots of things! Like to let go if I grab something (I used to pick things up when I first got to my foster home, but I don’t now!). I also used my teeth a lot playing tug, but I’ve learned to keep my teeth on the toy. I also love to dig, so hopefully you have some space that I can stretch my legs and see what’s under the earth.
I have not met cats, but have high prey drive so there cannot be cats in my new home.
I have lunged at strangers (only once or twice in my foster home) and do NOT like kids. Please, no matter how cute I am, absolutely no kids under 16.
I am crate trained and house trained. My foster mom just leads me into my crate with the leash. I do prefer my crate covered with a light sheet. I love riding in the car, but if you aren’t on top of it, I do sometimes like to bark at things out the car window.
Don’t let all of these things scare you. I am a fun little dog with a lot of personality. I am super smart – and if I toot my own horn, I can probably outsmart my foster parents! I am a fun little dog to train, I am responsive and eager to learn, but you must be clear in dog language as to what you’re asking. This does not mean more words, but less! But I am not a typical little dog. I am not the dog that can sit on your lap or be coddled. I need my new home to treat me more like a big dog and ensure that my exercise needs and mental needs are fulfilled. No, this does not mean puzzles, but outlets for my terrier needs – sniffing, running, digging, tugging and learning how to listen and work with my new family. My foster mom also works a lot of stays with me so my brain learns how to slow down and not be running all the time.
I have been neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. I do not love being handled and was very squirmy and mouthy at the vet. My foster mom has worked on handling so I have learned to be calm when she cuts my nails and I get heavily rewarded for being so good. However, this will need to be worked on in my new home as well.
In order to adopt me, you must commit to mandatory training so that you can learn to understand me, and I can thrive in my new environment. I have spent my time in foster care with a trainer, so it is critical that this is continued so that I can succeed.

MANDATORY TRAINING

Don’t be afraid of these words! Here are a couple of reasons we require mandatory training for some of our awesome dogs:

 The dog doesn’t get along with ALL dogs.
That’s fine if you want to stay a hermit but we know the dog has potential to be ok with all dogs. Also, just like people, not all dogs like all dogs. You don’t like every person you meet but it’s expected we are cordial and that is the expectation of dogs as well.

 The dog is super nervous.
Many people have a tendency to allow their dog to stay in this state of mind their whole life but that is not healthy for the dog. We want a dog that trusts and is balanced as well as happy. Meeting with a professional trainer is exactly what these dogs need and you as the adopter needs to work hard at building that trust!

 The dog has zero manners.
Many of our returned dogs have come back to us this way and we want to decrease the chance that they will be returned again for the exact behaviour they showed before. All dogs require rules and boundaries. Love is not enough.

“I once owned a dog that was aggressive towards some dogs. I thought I was just going to have to avoid other dogs throughout his whole life and I became ok with that. Then I met an amazing trainer who has since helped me and we’ve walked and hiked with so many different dogs now! Throughout all the hard work I’ve met so many people and learned so much about myself.”

Don’t be afraid to adopt the dog that requires the mandatory training! It is an amazing opportunity to build a relationship with an awesome dog, meet new people and learn so much! For those of you with dogs that have issues, don’t avoid the issue. Get out and get training and work your butt off so your dog can be happy and so can you!

IMPORTANT

It is the recommendation of FTH that every newly adopted dog remain on leash, both inside and out, for a minimum of 30 days. As most of our dogs are outdoor dogs and strays, this will help prevent dogs running away as they are adjusting to their new home. At the same time it will help start building the bond between you and the dog. Thank you!

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