Facts about OLIVER
- Breed: Cairn Terrier Mix
- Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn
- Age: Puppy
- Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
- Sex: Male
My name is OLIVER!
I am already neutered, housetrained, up to date with shots, good with kids, and good with dogs.
CONTACT: UHA Adoption Coordinator Meena at 626-841-9030 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cairn Terrier Mix
10 Months old
Here is what we wrote up describing our situation.
My girlfriend and I adopted Oliver from a mobile pet adoption site in Sherman Oaks in May 2012. We were told he was a stray, so they had no history on his past. From the outset, he was not interested in people much and was indifferent to us petting him. He was more interested in socializing with all the other dogs around him. We figured he had gone through a lot with animal services, unknown surroundings, and two procedures (neutering and chipping), so his shyness/reluctance was not out of the ordinary.
Oliver was skittish when we brought him home and did not like going through any doorways, he warmed up after a couple of days but Oliver’s anxiety remains. Specifically, he has intense separation anxiety and does not like to be alone for any amount of time. Inside the house he always wants to be held, petted or and played with and has been unable to learn to play with toys when we are not paying attention to him. It seems that Oliver has replaced his shyness/indifference with us when he first came home with a deep need for constant attention. Recently, he has become a compulsive licker and we worry that he may cause himself sores. If he does not receive attention immediately he either repeatedly jumps on us, takes out his frustration on toys and plays aggressively, or retreats to his crate and licks himself. When have tried to acclimate him to his crate, he cries and barks incessantly until we’re in sight again. If we leave for any time longer than 2 or 3 hours he is taken to Petsmart puppy day camp as we don’t want him spending more than the recommended amount of time inside a crate.
We enrolled Oliver in the Petco puppy training program almost immediately, since we felt structure would be important for him to learn rules and create a routine for him. He has completed two levels of training over a period of 12 consecutive weeks. He is a very smart dog and learned quickly. However, training at home has been difficult because he quickly looses interest, he simply wants to receive treats without performing the command. He is also very susceptible to getting his feelings hurt when being disciplined. As was witnessed by our trainer when trying to correct his jumping on her, she sprayed him with a water bottle, and from that point he no longer wanted anything to do with her or training for the rest of that session. After that incident, it became harder for our trainer to work with him because he either wanted to play or became quickly reluctant to perform the exercises.
Feeding has been tough and continues to be even though we have tried our best to get him on a consistent eating schedule. Most of the time Oliver does not want to eat his dog food, we researched and asked around and have tried 3 or 4 different organic dog foods and settled on Solid Gold which he reluctantly eats. He is afraid of dog bowls and still is to this day. We switched out the bowls, tried putting food on the ground (on top of napkin), and he still approaches the dog/water bowl cautiously. This behavior has led us to believe that he probably experienced some sort of trauma during feeding times. For the most part, he skips breakfast and picks up a lot of rocks, plants, sticks outside and tries to eat them whenever he is outside the house. We have tried to correct his behavior by telling him to “drop it” but his hunger/compulsion gets the best of him. We have plenty of chew toys although we can't really let him have too much time with them because he gnaws at one spot and tries to ingest the plastic/fabric which in turn makes him vomit.
Since Oliver is a high-energy dog, we exercise him twice a day 6 out 7 days a week. We try to take him to the park on walks/runs or the off-leash dog park so he expends his energy. Oliver's anxiety seems to disappear when we take him to the dog park. He is no happier than when he is running around, socializing, playing, wrestling with other dogs. He has no hesitation jumping up and licking a strangers face at the park though he still prefers his own kind. His fear of food/water bowls and apprehension of being petted by strangers is completely gone while at the park. He is in the moment at the park, a no finer example of a active, happy puppy. At home he is such a different dog, following us around worried we’re going to leave him alone. We believe he probably needs a large yard and another dog to keep him company but are unable to provide that due to space and resources.
Oliver is a good dog, but we are personally exhausted and can no longer care for him. Despite all our efforts, Oliver has been unable to adjust and only seems to develop more behavioral issues which we are unable to deal with. We strongly believe he needs other dogs to be happy and perhaps be rehabilitated by a professional. We want the best for Oliver and hope that you can help us place him in a loving home where he can thrive and be happy.
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For more information, contact Meena at 626-840-9030 or at email@example.com