Handsome Charlie is an agile, sturdy 20-lb. Rat Terrier—a typical 1-year-old youngster who loves to play, run, jump, and tussle. Also very smart,
Charlie likes to learn new things and please his humans. He is house-trained and currently working hard to remember to sit instead of bouncing about when he is
excited (like at dinnertime). Since he is still learning to walk politely on leash and his youthful enthusiasm is sometimes too much to be contained, he needs a securely
fenced yard where he can frolic to his heart's content. (For Charlie, "secure" means at least 6 ft. high and not chain-link, which he can climb with ease!)
He's so athletic and intelligent that he would make an amazing agility, flyball, or other performance dog. Charlie is sweet, affectionate, and snuggly most of the time.
He can, however, be very protective of his food, space, and possessions, and this defensive behavior may lead him to bite people or dogs who invade his eating space
or encroach when he is protecting a favored toy or resting spot. Charlie's foster parents are working with him through consistent and positive training to help him
learn better ways to express himself. But he nevertheless should not go to a home with young children, who might not be aware of the food that they are holding
or of what Charlie is protecting. Fortunately his defensive behavior does not happen often, and since his trigger situations can be managed, he usually gets along
well with the other dogs and the dog-savvy cat in his foster home. An experienced and patient adopter who knows how to use positive training methods will be
able to help young Charlie continue to learn better ways to communicate while he grows in trust. Charlie hopes that you live no more than a few hours' drive from his
foster home so that he can visit to demonstrate his fun, athletic side as well as showing you firsthand the kinds of situations that can trigger his occasional behavioral
issues. To see more of this truly amazing though slightly challenging dog, visit his online photo album by
. And apply to adopt by clicking HERE
RAT TERRIER JAMBOREE
Come one, come all! Ratties and their humans are invited to the 13th Annual Rat Terrier Jamboree in Sweetwater, Tennessee, April 20 and 21! Visit our Jamboree
page for details.
NEW RATTITUDE T-SHIRTS
Now in the New Rattitude Retail Shop - 2018 T-shirts
! Has a rat terrier stolen your heart? Beautiful high quality T-shirts in sizes S through 5XL, featuring a custom New Rattitude design and available in your choice of four colors. Visit the ReTail Shop
today to place your order.
2017 ANNUAL REPORT
New Rattitude proudly presents our 2017 Annual Report. Click here
to view online!
GIVE THE GIFT OF RESCUE
Make a donation to New Rattitude in another's name and honor them in a special way! Visit our Donations page for more information.
WONDERING ABOUT FOSTERING?
Have you ever considered fostering a Rat Terrier? Wonder how New Rattitude supports our foster homes and makes it easy? CLICK HERE
to learn how easy it can be and get your questions answered.