Oscar is a 2 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 arisen and now he needs a home with the experience to continue to work with it. Oscar has not shown any resource guarding aggression here whilst in Rescue but from his previous homes write up it would appear he was quite a prolific biter. This is typical of some cockapoos. Oscar does give off huge signals before biting but this isn’t always the case; some dogs growl, some show teeth, some lower their heads, some stiffen their posture and give it a decent period of time for you to get the message whilst others jump straight to the bite from the initial warn (which can be subtle.) Oscar likes to show a lot of teeth prior to biting but doesn’t overly growl or make noise. In his previous home it was alleged that he had bitten multiple times and drawn blood each time, however we are unsure of the circumstances surrounding it as we were never given any clarity. We assume it was whilst resource guarding as we haven’t seen any other noticeable triggers.
Oscar is not a bad resource guarder despite what has happened; he actually will give you something if you ask him to and happily swaps out things for a higher value treat. Oscar’s problem is his lack of time prior to a bite that his new owners will need to be aware of. He does escalate very quickly. His needs a very dog savvy home who can read body language. He needs strict firm boundaries. He must not be allowed on the beds or sofas or something level to you and if ever you need to remove something from him it must be swapped out with something higher value, trying to take it off of him may cause him to bite.
Oscar is actually a very good dog in so many ways. He is housebroken and non destructive in the home, travels well in the car, knows tricks and is trained well. He walks well on the lead and loves everyone he meets. He’s social with dogs outside on walks and enjoys playing with them. He’s an absolute clown and has us in stitches with his antics. He resource guards typical things like toys and also does guard them from other dogs also. He will guard his food bowl from both humans and dogs but has learned to step away from the bowl when asked to here so we can remove the bowl safely. He needs an incredibly experienced keen eye to spot the signs for this to stop the situation escalating into a bite.
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.
For obvious reasons Oscar will not be homed with visiting or resident children under 13 years. The only other aggression he has displayed has been around grooming. He will need to be muzzled when groomed or having his nails cut as he is visibly uncomfortable with people doing this. We think maybe he has had a bad experience with it previously. Since being under the care of Pupcakes, Oscar 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.
Oscar gets on well with all of the dogs in residence here however he was initially very reactive to the dogs at first. We have worked on this a lot and now he is not reactive at all and happy to accept new dogs into his space but new adopters will need to be aware this could manifest in a home environment again. He would be able to share his home with another playful female companion of similar energy level but alternatively could live happily as a solo dog. He isn’t as comfortable with male dogs however we haven’t seen any problems with them. He does guard toys from other dogs so toys will need to be removed when not supervised. He is happy to share his space and beds with other dogs though.
Oscar 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 the fact that 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 people and having a belly rub, he is really having a blast here in rescue and has come on leaps and bounds. When he arrived he was incredibly anxious and stressed but now is much more confident and loves running round the fields and swimming in the lake. Oscar 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.
Oscar is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped and will be subject to a home check and adoption donation.
Pupcakes offer all adopters 4 weeks free insurance with Petplan and a complimentary voucher for a box of free food from “Nutriment Raw.”