- Status: Available
- Breed: Shiba Inu mix
- Age: 1 years, 8 months
- Gender: Male
- Spay/Neuter: Yes
- Size: Medium
- Weight: 13 kg (28 lbs)
- Location: Vancouver
- Note: Currently, Tani is in foster care in Surrey.
Last winter Tani was rescued from a man who raised dogs for meat. After he was rescued, he lived at our partner boarding house with other dogs until he left Korea and flew to Canada to find his forever home. He is currently with a foster family in the Greater Vancouver Area.
Tani’s foster reports he is a very happy boy with a very optimistic and “happy-go-lucky” personality. Things that make him happiest are getting belly rubs, pets, giving kisses, and time with his humans. His foster mom currently works from home, and he is never far away napping nearby, looking out the window, or entertaining himself with his toys. His favorite toys are stuffed toys that squeak. While he is very good at keeping himself occupied with toys, he would gladly receive human attention! He is social and doesn’t mind house guests and is a gracious host, but will still prefer to stick by his humans. We have been told Tani can try to protect his humans from guests inside the home, but his current foster has not had issues with this.
He generally loves to follow his fosters around the house to be where ever they are. He has no fears of household items (brooms, vacuums, appliances) but is somehow confused and a bit scared of guitar playing (perhaps he is more of a classical boy?). He is potty trained and exclusively relieves himself outdoors. And when coming back in he will patiently wait for you to wipe his feet clean.
While he is a medium-high energy dog, Tani is also very in tuned and balanced with his environment. If his fosters have wind down and not energetic, he remains calm until it is appropriate walk or play time.
Speaking of walks, Tani loves walks! He has no issue putting on his harness or taking it off. He does well with at the dog park and loves playing with other dogs, where he is polite and respectful. Every few minutes, he goes and checks back in with his humans at the dog park. He is getting used to car rides.
However, while Tani does well at of leash dog parks, he gets excitable while on leash (and only on leash) when he sees other dogs (he is fine with humans). He will bark and pull towards them, but never tries to bite. For the most part, he is easily redirected when breaking his focus and asking him to sit for treats. This is an area Tani is improving, but still working on.
During bath time, Tani is a very patient and good boy despite not loving the water. He doesn’t mind the shampoo or towel, he just doesn’t love being wet. The same is true for the beach – he enjoys the nature but has no interest in the water.
Tani is very food motivated and loves all food – he does not discriminate! He has learned that counter surfing is a no-no, and his foster family is able to leave food on counters and tables without worrying about him jumping up to steal food. When humans are eating, he hovers for a bit but does not beg or jump. Eventually, he will settle in to doing his own thing. He does not show any signs of guarding or possessiveness over his food or toys.
His food motivation helps greatly with training, as well as his innate intelligence. Tani is very smart and it doesn’t take him long to learn new concepts quickly. He only needs to be told a few times not to do something before he understands and obeys. He is quite easy to please.
He is such a good boy and we are so proud and impressed with him despite his background. This handsome boy’s ideal home is with someone experienced with dogs who has the time to spend with him during the day. Even if they are having a busy work from home day, Tani would be happy just to have his human present by his side. He would also enjoy a family an active family who enjoys going for walks and other outdoor activities in which he can be included. Whoever adopts this handsome boy will be every lucky!
DHPPL, Canine Influenza, Kennel Cough, Rabies, Corona, Heartworm test, Giardia test, Flea & tick & heartworm prevention are all done.
Disclaimer: Free Korean Dogs cannot guarantee the temperament of our animals, as temperament is often an effect of environment and circumstance.