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Roscoe came to us as part of a father/son pair after their owner passed away. Roscoe is the son of the pair. The adult children inherited the dogs, but found they could not deal with unneutered male dogs. They could not afford to neuter them, and did not want to keep them. After attempting to place the dogs for a couple months, they were taking them to the county shelter (a kill facility). We were contacted by a mutual acquaintance and agreed to take the dogs, rather than have them go to the shelter. Roscoe has been with his foster person in the Elko area getting some much-needed remedial socialization and training, to which he's responded very well.
Temperament and Behavior
Upon arrival in foster care it was immediately evident that Roscoe needed more socialization. He was very shy, insecure and hesitant about being touched. Initially, he wouldn't allow someone to touch him at all. Now (six months later) he approaches happily to be petted once he's gotten to know you. He even will roll onto his back to request a belly rub. He is still leery about being held by his collar, but now ducks his head or turns away, rather than protesting.
Now that he is gaining confidence, his personality is coming out. He has shown himself to be a typical happy, affectionate corgi, eager to please his human companion. Temperment wise, he's definitely on the submissive end of the dominance scale.
When meeting someone new, Roscoe will approach close enough to get a good sniff. If it's a female, he will come close enough to touch, dance back and forth initially, then you pet him. With men, the dancing continues and he is curious, but anxious and more hesitant to approach. Roscoe is crazy about one of his foster mom's friends, a teenage girl who visits every so often. Even when she hadn't seen Roscoe for more than a month, he greeted her enthusiastically, wanting to sit in her lap right away.
It is clear that he requires additional exposure to people, especially men, in a supportive situation with an owner who can give him the time and patience that he needs to build confidence. In his present foster situation he doesn't interact with men every day and that would make a big difference.
Cats and other Dogs
Dog-savvy cats are not a problem for Roscoe. , He will chase a cat that runs, but that ceases as soon as they stop and turn around. A cat can walk right up to him, wander past him, sleep on the sofa back, and he does not bother it. He shares his foster home with numerous other dogs and cats and gets along with them. He will not do well with an overly dominant dog that tries to bully him, but he never initiates anything.
Roscoe is calm in the house, and behaves well. Typically he gets some pets, and then will crash on the floor with a toy. Given his age, he's still got some puppy in him and he will de-stuff a toy and try to eat the stuffing. He chews bones appropriately. He's been taught to waits his turn for meals, which he does impatiently. He dances around, then sits to get his dinner. He has also been trained to eat in his crate and is good about getting in to wait for his food.
Many corgis are cloth lickers. Roscoe has been known to lick a patch of carpet, then try to eat it. No significant damage was done but we wouldn't trust leaving him alone for an extended period on carpet. Many times this is a stress behavior and it is likely to fade with maturity and increased confidence.
If left in the house, he will bark as he doesn't want to be left alone. In the yard, he does not bark at me when I am working in the parts he can't get to. If I'm in the house, he will bark to be let in.
We are working on the barking, since he is loud, persistent and can be demanding. First I tried verbal correction, then a squirt bottle (some success, but he likes water). Lately, when he is in his crate and begins barking at me, I cross my arms, look him in the eye, then turn my back and wait. It takes him a few seconds, but he has begun to understand that if he barks at me, I will not give him what he wants, and in fact, will actively ignore him while doing something else. When he quiets, I turn around and continue what we were working on, be it dinner, crate/dog exchange to go out, etc.
Roscoe knows basic household commands, but needs an owner who will continue to work with him and reinforce them. He would also benefit from an obedience training course. This would also go far in helping increase his bond with his new owner and his overall confidence. He is still learning to walk on a leash. He doesn't pull, but will tend to circle unless he has guidance from his handler.
Roscoe is house trained in his current environment. But most dogs require a refresher course when moved to a new home situation. This is easily accomplished by following the guidelines in Housetraining 101.
Ideal Home/Owner Situation
Roscue absolutely MUST have an experienced corgi owner who knows how to work with a shy dog. He would be best in a calm situation in which his primary caregiver was a woman and we do not recommend him for a home with children under the age of teen years.
He would do well with another corgi, preferably a medium dominant male or female, who could be a good role model. He could also be an only dog, but we wouldn't want to see him as park of a pack of more than two dogs.
An owner who can provide regular basic obedience training and plans to continue Roscoe's socialization process by taking him out for regular walks, car rides, visits to the park, etc. is essential. With continued socialization this sweet little dog can become the confident corgi he was meant to be.
Roscoe is completely healthy and has no special medical issues. When he first arrived we found that he had a broken tooth, one of the lower canines. He has been evaluated by a canine dentist and the recommendation was the leave the tooth alone, rather than extract it. It is a healthy tooth and poses no problem for him.
He is current on the standard vaccinations and rabies, is heartworm negative and we give a standard preventative for heartworm and fleas.
Transport to New Home
We are looking for a new owner within a day's drive of his present foster location in northeastern Nevada. We do not wish to fly this dog.
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