born ~ February 2016
~ 55 lbs.
learning crate training
Meet Otis! Otis is a cuddly and soft goofball who already knows how to sit, stay, and settle when told! Now that he is about a year and a half, he won’t get any larger than he already is ~ 55lbs. This pretty pitty is such a fun boy to hang out with!
All the difficult stuff is out of the way – Otis is fully housebroken and crate trained! He signals by barking if he needs to go out and he typically sleeps through the night; so long as he gets an opportunity to go potty before bed time, he’s good to go. But if he has the urge, he’ll let you know! Even though he doesn’t spend all his free time moseying in and out of his crate, he goes in when told and eats his meals in there as well. When Foster Dad says, “Go Home,” Otis knows exactly what to do!
There are no cats in Otis’ current foster home, but he’s been known to chase them if they don’t stand their ground. At adoption events, Otis is happy to accept any attention he gets, whether it be adults or children. But sometimes he gets excited and barks, which tends to scare the little ones. When other dogs come around, Otis is a silly boy – he gets overly excited and just wants to play! But that’s not always received well by the other pup. Roughhousing is Otis’ idea of a GREAT time and he doesn’t understand why all dogs don’t agree with him! But if he meets a pup with the same mentality, man oh man will they have a blast. When he goes on walks, sometimes he doesn’t care about a dog on the other side of the street and other times he gets super excited! So he’s still working on his manners.
Because Otis is so enthusiastic, structured introductions are always a good idea. While he has been to the dog park and done fine, it’s important that his new family is aware of the other dogs that are there – if there’s an unaltered male, it’s time to go. When there are a million people surrounding this dog, he couldn’t be happier. So if you’re a party-thrower, Otis will gleefully join in on the fun. Receiving lots of pets and snuggles from strangers is certainly welcomed, but he does not demand attention from them by any means.
Ever seen a dog who didn’t recognize themselves? Yep. That’s Otis. For the most part, nothing scares him (vacuums, lawnmowers, people knocking on the door, etc) but for some reason, his reflection is something he just can’t get his mind around. Or bodies of water… not a fan of those either (and yes… that includes baths…). Then again, frolicking through the creeks is something he enjoys – so as long as he can reach the bottom, he’s good to go! With bursts of energy here and there, that’s about as much enthusiasm you’ll get out of this lug. Cuddling and snuggling is higher on his priority list, so he’s down for a good Netflix binge day. Regular exercise is never a bad idea, so running around at the dog park or going on walks will help to keep him stimulated, focusing his energy on appropriate behaviors. For the most part, Otis prefers to be in the same room as you and thinks he is a lap dog… laying on top of Foster Dad is definitely his favorite spot. Sure, he can be a little needy, but all he wants is to show you how much he loves you!
So, all in all, Otis is a goofy guy, eager to please his humans. With a little more effort on the jumping when getting excited and barking at other puppy dogs, he’ll be spot on in no time!
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