Meet Oskar! This handsome boy is very sweet and very smart. He immediately got along with his foster family’s 8-year old GSD, and while he hasn’t interacted with smaller dogs, his tail wags happily anytime he sees another dog of any size during his morning and evening walks. As for cats, he was very curious about the two cats in his foster home at first (the one cat who loves dogs went right up to him), but Oskar ultimately decided to stay away from them. When he sees one of them coming, he either looks away or retreats to his crate.
Oskar is crate trained and seems to find safety in his crate. If something startles him, he will retreat to his crate. This could have to do with his life before being rescued. Oskar was seized from a breeding situation in Galveston. We can only imagine the deplorable conditions he may have been living in, so while he is adapting well to his foster home, he will need a home that will have patience with him. It may be better that he be in a home with older children. He has seen several younger children during his walks and, after proper introductions, was happy to let them pet him. However, given his sensitive nature, his foster family feels as though he would be more comfortable in a home with older children.
Oskar has been working on basic skills such as how to walk nicely on a leash and how to “sit” and take a treat. He has been doing exceptionally well with these tasks, and it doesn’t take him long to catch on, but he does need consistency. He understands what “no” means and is very intuitive when it comes to tone of voice. He’s not quite sure how to play with toys yet, but his interest seems to grow each day – we will often find him sneaking the other GSD’s toys into his crate to play with them. In the short time he has been in his foster home, he has really begun to come out of his shell and is learning how to be affectionate and receive affection.
While in the house, Oskar is rather laid back and sleeps in his crate or in his “spot” by the back door. Since he is younger, he would love a home that can provide him with ample activity time, such as daily walks and playing outside.
Oskar will be a very loyal companion, and his foster family would love to tell you more about him and have you meet him, to see if he is the GSD for you!