3 years old
3 year old black and rust boy Cole came all the way to us from Florida via another breed rescue who sought assistance with his placement. Before coming here Cole had two minor incidents when he was startled while sleeping. Just like some people, some dogs don’t do well with a sudden “wake up call” and require a couple of minutes of orientation after opening their eyes before engaging normally. In Cole’s case, this kind of behavior should diminish as he gets more confident in himself and learns to accept human leadership. However, we’ll still remind the adopters of -any- of our Dobes that the old adage about “letting sleeping dogs lie” is a good rule of thumb to begin with. Cole is a somewhat shy boy who warms up after a few minutes with a new friend and loves to get attention once he does so. His demeanor is most likely inherited and not proof of any wrongdoing by humans in his past, so it will be important for Cole’s next family to avoid feeling sorry for him and to instead encourage his affectionate and playful side. According to the rescue that placed him with us, Cole did well with a female Dobe in his Florida foster home and is generally submissive around dogs in general. Since we’ve seen some typical reactivity from him here, we will keep learning about Cole by exposing him to other friendly dogs as we can so that we can decide if he’ll be better off on his own or with a suitable canine sister. He was also crate trained in his former home so we’ll encourage his new owners to continue that practice as well. We have yet to show Cole cats, please keep checking back for that. So far Cole has been thoroughly unimpressed with New England weather but is tolerant of wearing a coat, although he’s also clearly perplexed by it. Sorry Cole, Yankee Dobers wear clothes sometimes! Cole has recently been enrolled in DRU U for more focused training and has been enjoying the praise and treats he earns as he learns. We think whoever adds this Southern gentleman to their family should continue with training to help Cole feel good about himself while giving him the language he needs to succeed in his forever home.