Age Range: 5 Years
Location: Alameda, CA
My husband and I have come to the heartbreaking decision that we need to re-home our dog, Roscoe. We’ve gone through multiple behavioral training methods and have worked with a trainer, but he just can’t adjust to life since we had our baby (now 15 months old). We’re looking to find the right fit for him, and hope there might be someone out there who would love Roscoe! He’s a great dog, but doesn’t like kids.
We adopted Roscoe when he was about 6 months old while we lived in Chicago. He had been found as a stray in Chicago’s south side. Our best guess is that he’s a German Shorthaired Pointer and Lab mix. He’s now 5.5 years old, and weighs around 50 lbs. He’s been a fantastic dog, with a few weird quirks. We don’t know his history before he was found as a stray, so there could have been abuse in his past.
Roscoe is very sweet and loving, and adores attention. He’s super loyal to his people and loves nothing more than the evening time (after we put our son to bed) when he gets to sit with and have undivided attention from my husband and I. He would love nothing more than to go back to life without babies, but unfortunately that’s not an option, as our kiddo is here to stay.
Roscoe is very smart, and knows basic as well as some complex commands. He loves training and working for treats- we think this is the working-dog German Shorthaired Pointer in him. He’s active and loves walks, hikes, running/jogging, swimming, and running alongside a bicycle. He’s also fine to chill though, and is great alone in the house. He is very food motivated, which is good and bad, as he has been known to steal food off of the counter if we forget to put everything away before leaving the house. He is great on a leash, loves the car, and is crate-trained, but fine left out as well. He has been trained not to get up on furniture, and only will do so if allowed.
Roscoe has a clean bill of health, is neutered, and is up-to-date with all check-ups and vaccinations, including rabies, and is micro-chipped. He does have seasonal allergies, so we give him Claritin, which works great. We also give him monthly heartworm medication and a monthly oral flea and tick medication.
His biggest issue is children. He shows signs of fear, and growls around all kids, including our own son. He bit our nephew last year over food (didn’t injure him or draw blood, but bit him in the arm). We muzzle-trained him to keep our son safe, and he is completely fine wearing the muzzle. He growls any time our son even looks his direction, and has learned to move to another room most of the time, but sometimes holds his ground. We highly highly doubt he would seriously injure our son, or any other child, but we’re uncomfortable living with the stress of not knowing, especially as we bring additional children into our family. We also feel that it’s not fair for him to live with the constant stress he feels for whatever reason, having to be on high alert at all times around our son.
With the stressors at home, Roscoe has become less friendly around other dogs. He is fine with passive dogs (loves my parent’s older lab), but consistently has issues with any sort of aggressive dog. We’re hoping that this new behavior is a result of the stress he shows around our son, and hopefully will fade in a new home without children. He was great with dogs before we brought our son home, but does have a strong personality.
Roscoe is just a joy and a love-bug in so many ways, and could make a great addition to the right family. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, interest, or need for additional information.
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