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Mixed Breed (Small), Shih Tzu, Unknown Dog Breed


0-1 Year




Small (< 20 lbs.)

Can Live With

  • Birds
  • Cats
  • Chickens
  • Dogs
  • Guinea Pigs, Rats, Or Hamsters
  • Horses
  • Large Livestock (cows
  • Livestock
  • Older Children (12+)
  • Rabbits



Current on Vaccines


Specialized Care

  • Behavior Concerns


Simi valley, CA


Melon is a sweet boy who has experienced too many tumultuous events in his very short life. If his previous owner is to be believed, he turned 6 months on 01/24/2024. My brother was supposed to adopt Melon, but recently started to understand Melon is a heavy resource guarder. I’ve been working with Melon but his issues may take months, years, or even just be a lifelong hurdle he will always have challenges with.

Melon growls/snaps/shows warnings when upset if anyone nears his food/treats. I have worked on bite inhibition training with him and he has done well with being less defensive/scared when it comes to cleaning his face/eyes/front paws/behind. He now allows the washing of his paws and face with little issues; though his front right paw can still be a sensitive area. He does not like his ears washed and has been muzzled at home when I’ve had to clean him. The vet was able to clean him and apply medicine without one.

Melon needs an experienced adopter and is a high-maintenance breed (in terms of daily care).

He also does not enjoy nail grinding but has let groomers trim him. I had more difficulty working on him at home (when his nails were very overgrown). He has 9 white and 1 black nail.

Melon is very playful, wants to make friends and meet new people, is easily redirectable on the leash, takes treats and food well when offered by a flat hand (only gets guardy when food has been put in his bowl or given to him), and has a very mild and calm personality if you don’t count his puppy energy. Due to his breed, he can be a loud barker when strangers pass by at home. He is very good with other dogs, currently more submissive with them than people (even when it comes to resource guarding) and has temporarily lived with a few different cats in different households with no issues on his end.

He is good in cars, often deciding to rest or look around calmly. He is trained on a pee pad and house trained but should be re-introduced to whatever new setting he will be in. He does not bark or lunge at other dogs on or off a leash. He can cuddle but will also whine or move away when he’s had enough. He enjoys slow, sniff walks but can play fetch or tug for hours. If weather doesn’t allow him to go out, he will be plenty thrilled to play at home. If you don’t have much time to walk him, as long as he gets to stretch his legs to sniff, he will be happy to burn off energy with reciprocal play/training at home. He is not overly vocal but is vocal enough to get his feelings across and has a cute little yawn that sometimes comes out.

Sadly, Melon was neglected for the first 3 months of his life and the last month of his life before I began to work on him on 01/13/2024. I will provide as much information as possible to anyone serious about adopting and working on him.

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