Breed: Male Poodle cross
Otto walks well on lead and is happy passing dogs on his walks, with an occasional butt sniff. When in the group company of other dogs, Otto tends to be aloof, but will play a little when he feels at ease. He isn’t comfortable with dogs who are in his face and prefers the space to do his own thing. Otto has previously cohabited with a confident cat.
Otto has good recall and is house trained. He is used to being inside and, apart from stealing the odd sock and dissecting discarded toilet rolls, he is not destructive around the house.
Like many pandemic puppies, Otto suffers from fairly serious separation anxiety and becomes vocal and distressed when left alone for any period of time. His original family have sought help for this in the past and have tried both medication and doggy daycare, both of which have had benefits and drawbacks.
Otto’s ideal home will have dog-experienced people around a lot, and will be adult only or a household with dog-respectful teens. He could potentially live with a confident independent dog who is respectful of Otto’s space. Having previously shared with a cat, he could possibly live with one again with gradual introductions.
Otto’s new family will need to work with him to build his confidence and ability to be separated from his people. Our trainer thinks Otto would benefit from crate training to improve his sense of security and give him a safe space when left for short periods. Solid routines and continued training and problem-solving games to help Otto build his confidence will also help. However, it is likely that he will continue to experience some anxiety and will not do well left alone for extended periods.
Otto is a lovely boy who needs understanding and patience to allow him to grow and have the confidence to relax and enjoy life. Does Otto sound like the companion you have been searching for? What are you waiting for? Otto can’t wait for you to take him home!
Microchip Number: 956000010921537
Source Number: RE120211
All our dogs are desexed, C5 vaccinated with intranasal, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. All necessary vet work such as dentals, surgery, eye treatment is also carried out. We are no longer heartworm testing as we have not had one positive test since we began in 2006. If a dog comes to us on heartworm treatment this is continued.