We are looking for a new home for our 3 or 4-year-old 12 lb Miniature Pinscher mix named Otis.
He is a very loving, sweet little guy who is ready for long walks and will always appreciate as many pets and scritchies you can offer. He wants to be with his people at all times and is a great home-office companion when it’s quiet. He’s a big cuddler.
He currently lives with two kids, 6 and 9, and two older dogs. He also lived with a young cat for about 6 months, and they played safely. He is great with our calm, dog-savvy kids. His relationship with the other dogs is more of a nervous co-existence, unfortunately.
He, like most of his breed, is high-strung and reactive, and will bark in fear at at other dogs while out on a walk. We got him as a rescue, and we believe he had a very hard first seven months, leading to some problems living in a house with multiple dogs. He’s very insecure about his place in the pack, and he marks (pees) indoors on furniture to claim the territory from the other dogs. We have a set of belly bands to keep our furniture clean, and he wears them without complaint, but a trainer and vet have told us that his marking could go away if he was by himself.
We love him dearly and would keep him, but he really needs to be in a home with no other dogs. He is nervous enough about our older dogs that just hearing them walk by can get him growling in fear. He is still young and wants to play but the older dogs always shut him down. When he is by himself (in my office during the day, or when the other dogs are on a walk), he is noticeably calmer and happier. We want to find him a home where he is loved as much as he is now, but also has the space and quiet to relax and be himself. His ideal home would also be with older kids, or no kids.
We’ve taken him to reactive dog training classes and agility classes, and done psychomotor therapy. He has improved as he ages. Daily walks really help keep him calm, and he responds to treats if you are prepared to get his attention before he gets ramped up.
If you think you could give him the calm and loving home he deserves, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org