ODIE is a tender-hearted, mild-mannered boy. Very sweet and affectionate, approximately 4-year-old, 40 pound Odie wants to be with his people. He takes a few minutes to warm up to people he doesn’t know, but he does warm up. He loves to go on hikes along hills and adventures to the lake with the dog pals he’s made in his foster home. He prefers an open, peaceful setting, one where he can walk and explore, take quiet nature hikes, and sniff all the wonderful smells along his path without the disruptions of lots of cars, unfamiliar people, dogs he doesn’t know, and loud city noises. ODIE would prefer a quiet rural setting to a busy, noisy urban / suburban setting.
ODIE has a nice desire to please. He wants to do the right thing and to be a good boy. He likes treats, so they can be used to reinforce behaviors in his training and to help grow his confidence in new situations. And he is building more confidence in novel situations every day. For instance, when he first came into rescue, he was afraid to get into the car, but now he jumps in and out of the car on his own. While he hasn’t had much formal training, he is housebroken, is adapted to and sleeps in his crate, and walks nicely on a leash. And he learned to sit today!
ODIE thrives best on routine and a consistent schedule. He is curious about toys and really enjoys a chew bone at the end of the day. He will benefit from a quiet (less busy) home with patient people, who are looking for a devoted companion and who have interest and experience in providing support for a dog like Odie to grow his confidence.
While ODIE probably wouldn’t enjoy dog sports like agility or flyball because of all the noise, excitement, numbers of people and dogs he wouldn’t know, etc., he might like learning things like tricks, canine nosework, or Frisbee, things that would help him “have a job” and that would give him joy and a sense of focus. He would do best in a home where he could be the solo dog or one with a friendly, confident dog he could pal around with. He is respectful of cats, but might chase a cat, if the cat ran. He will bark out of worry when he encounters people and dogs he doesn’t know, so he will benefit from slow, patient exposure. That said, Odie does not have a mean bone in his body. He simply needs to feel safe.
ODIE is micro-
ODIE is fostering in Citrus Heights in Sacramento County, CA.
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