* Reach this dog's foster contact at [email protected] or text / leave a message at 573-512-2102 .* Chico is a boxer & australian shepherd or cattle dog mix, 55 lbs, who loves to be a lap dog, spoken to, played with, and most of all loves playing with other dogs. Don't know about cats. He takes a bit to build trust and has a hard time with inconsistent schedules. He is crate and potty trained and very familiar with commands. Chico is a very smart, loving dog who loves to be loyal to the people he trusts and is looking for an adult-only home. He's good with children that he is familiar with, but now that his kids are growing up and having more friends over, Chico seems to be having a harder time feeling comfortable around the kids' friends. He shows fear of them by his barking, which intimidates people and kids. He went to a trainer for 6 weeks that had helped the family guide him with his sensitivity towards unfamiliar people. They have been doing what they learned from training, such as putting him on a leash on his outdoor bed until he feels comfortable and then release him. Once he starts acting protective, they would have him in stay position, which he responds well with and walk over to him to assure him he's safe. He seemed responsive until recently when he snipped at a nephew's ankle when the boy was putting his foot out toward Chico. His family is sick about the thought of giving him up, but they know it is necessary to find a less active, loving home that has at least one other dog as he loves being around dogs. Contact this animals foster home at [email protected] or text or leave a message at 573-512-2102 to request an application. The adoption donation of $175.00 covers spay / neuter, vaccinations, microchip with lifetime registration, deworming, negative heartworm test, and current monthly heartworm and flea and tick prevention.