Obi is a 2-3 year old male Cockapoo. He seems to be following the typical trend of this beautiful cross breeding; he has been surrendered into rescue due to resource guarding behaviour and biting. He is a complex lad who doesn’t fully understand why he’s doing what he does, but the behaviour has subsequently become ingrained after many years of repeatedly being enabled. Obi thrives on structure and routine; he does not do well with constant aspects of his day to day life changing, being exposed to excessively busy environments or multiple unknown people being introduced to him without sufficient caution being in place. His family tried for a long time to manage his behaviour but understandably found it very hard and asked us to take him under our care. Obi is a resource guarder and has nipped on a few occasions.
For those who don’t know Resource guarding refers to a dog displaying behavior (growling, snapping, etc.) intended to convince other dogs or humans to stay away from a particular treasure or “resource.” The resource can be food, treats, toys, a place (a bed or favorite chair), or occasionally a person. In Obis case his bed and his person were both guarded. He does also guard things that you drop on the floor IF he’s allowed to get it. However if you correct him with “leave it” before he gets the item he will leave it alone without problem. He has not bitten over his bed but does lower his body and growl. He has nipped a few people coming close to his human but this can be redirected with careful monitoring of his body language and removing him from the situation. He is learning slowly that guarding his person has the opposite affect of what he is trying to achieve. This training will need to be continued if Obi is to succeed in his new home.
Obi is cautious of new people coming to stroke him too quickly and can nip. He has nipped on about 6 occasions. The first two were with children and the circumstances were unclear and the other times were relating to food. Obi was food aggressive and after much training is doing better. He is still quite greedy with his food and can gobble it; we have taught him to wait patiently until released but it is advised not to try and retrieve the empty bowl from him until he has finished and moved away from it.
Obi needs to be kept separate from visitors initially via a gate or barrier and then allowed to approach them on his terms slowly. Since being under the care of Pupcakes, Obi has been extremely friendly and social with dogs and people alike but he may change on entering a home environment that he comes to recognise as his home. Obi gets on well with all of the dogs in residence here but does guard his bed against them. He previously lived with 9 dogs but we have no way of obtaining history as to whether his guarding manifested there. It’s a shame because he plays beautifully and we think he would be like to share his home with another playful companion of similar energy level but alternatively could live happily as a solo dog. If he were to live with another dog he would need a home that is able to deal with him guarding his bed from them and deterring him from doing so.
Obi is quite unruly and although knows sit and paw he doesn’t have any basic manners, especially outside of the home environment where he jumps up at people and pulls on the lead towards people and other dogs; he whines to get to other dogs and pulls heavily on the lead. He also barges through doors. He generally checks in quite regularly offlead and has a fantastic recall when in controlled environments with no other distractions. Obi is smart and trainable and would greatly benefit from attending training classes with his new human to help him become a calm, balanced dog and also to help cement a good relationship between him and his person. Obi is house broken and non destructive in the home.
Obi needs a home that is experienced with resource guarding and happy to continue with the training the rescue has put in place here. Due to his fearfulness of being touched suddenly and the fact he has a bite history we cannot accept applications from homes with visiting or resident children under 13. He is a sweet boy who loves his people and having a belly rub, we are certain in the correct home he will really flourish. Obi will benefit from a home that is active; he loves to walk and when he’s regularly exercised his resource guarding behaviour improves dramatically. A tired dog is a happy dog we always say. He also would be a fantastic candidate for something like Cani cross or agility.
Obi is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Meets to see Obi are arranged on an APPOINTMENT ONLY basis AFTER a successful application and home check. Queries about our adoption process can be directed to ourselves through FB message. Unfortunately due to the volumes of messages and applications that we receive we may not be able to reply to everyone but please do give us 72hours to try to respond. Adoption fees apply.