Animal ID: 247367
Volunteer: Libby L.
Dobie G was transferred to us from another shelter back in June of 2017 for medical reasons. Now that he is feeling better we’ve been able to really see & enjoy this guy’s magnetic personality!
Dobie G will need a special home committed to continuing his positive reinforcement training, and we just know that in return he will make a positively wonderful companion! One of his many admirers, Libby, a Canine Companion volunteer who has worked closed with him, shares a bit more about this handsome Doberman she’s chosen as her volunteer pick…
What do you like best about his personality?
“His ebullience & sweet nature!”
What first drew you to your pick?
“His response to fresh toys – each time I cleaned his kennel, I gave him some fresh toys but also left some of his ‘old’ toys, and each time when he was let back in he quickly and excitedly zeroed in on the fresh toys, ignoring his ‘old’ toys, and went into a play bow. Also, over time, he got to know me, which is always rewarding!”
Is there something special about the way your pick looks?
“He seems always eager to play, but playing is not always necessary. During one walk we went on, I slowed the pace way down and in a few minutes got him to heal on a loose leash while we walked in tight circles using clicker training (after I conditioned him to the clicker, which happened super fast!). So, he’s fine in contexts other than playing, too 🙂 ”
What is his coolest/silliest/most unique trait?
“One manifestation of his ebullience – galloping around (sometimes a bit erratically) when first let out to play!”
Anything else you’d like to add?
“Dobie seems eager to learn and will learn fast, despite his quirkiness. Dobie G has one concerning behavioral trait – he is mouthy with human limbs. He has mouthed my arms & legs, but never with force or aggression. So, at least until he becomes less mouthy, through more positive reinforcement training it’s important to (a) let him romp alone for a few minutes before joining him to play, and (b) always have at least one toy when with him during play to put in his mouth as he approaches – this redirection has worked for me every time since I started it. After expending his pent-up energy, he comes to me and lays his toy in my lap. Such a sweet guy.”
So come on over to our Oceanside Campus today and meet the wonderful Dobie G! (We’ve determined the ‘G’ stands for “great,” “grand,” “glorious,” “good-natured,” “good-looking” and “good-hearted” – though we might have forgotten a few!)