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Dexter – 18 month old male Cockapoo

Dexter is a 18 month old male Cockapoo. He seems to be following the typical trend of this beautiful cross breeding; he has been surrendered into rescue due to resource guarding behaviour and biting.
He is a complex lad who doesn’t fully understand why he’s doing what he does, but the behaviour has subsequently become ingrained after many months of repeatedly being enabled.

Dexter thrives on structure and routine; he does not do well with constant aspects of his day to day life changing, being exposed to excessively busy environments or multiple unknown people being introduced to him without sufficient caution being in place. His family tried for a long time to manage his behaviour but understandably found it very hard and asked us to take him under our care.
Dexter is a resource guarder and has nipped on a few occasions.

*For those who don’t know Resource guarding refers to a dog displaying behavior (growling, snapping, etc.) intended to convince other dogs or humans to stay away from a particular treasure or “resource.” The resource can be food, treats, toys, a place (a bed or favorite chair), or occasionally a person. In Dexter’s case his lead, the sofa and random objects were all guarded. He does also guard things that you drop on the floor IF he’s allowed to get it. However if you correct him with “leave it” before he gets the item he will leave it alone without problem. He is learning slowly that guarding things has the opposite affect of what he is trying to achieve. This training will need to be continued if Dexter is to succeed in his new home.

Dexter has had 2 homes prior to coming into rescue. His first home got him from a breeder at the age of 8 weeks. They were lovely people but did not understand the behaviour nor understand how they were repeatedly enabling it. They spoiled him quite badly and then were too scared to correct him when he challenged them. He started by getting hold of his lead and not allowing them to take it, when this was ignored he escalated it to stealing household objects and stuff he found on the ground and trying to get them to remove it from him so he could intimidate them. He then started taking over the sofas and growling and snarling when they came near and began escalating it to space when he held his human dad hostage on the stairs and made him leave the house via another exit.

Unfortunately they were too scared of him to address and manage this safely so the behaviour escalated. Dexter’s guarding cannot be ignored as if he doesn’t get a response from it he will push it further. It must however be dealt with effectively to insure it does not set him up to fail. Dexter can be incredibly scary when he guards something and 100% has the potential to bite if not managed correctly.

Dexter has been under the care of a behaviourist since he was 9 months old and has attended regular training sessions which has given him a fantastic level of obedience. He has wonderful recall off lead and knows copious amounts of commands. Since being under the care of Pupcakes, dexter has been extremely friendly and social with dogs and people alike but he may change on entering a home environment that he comes to recognise as his home.

Dexter gets on well with all of the dogs in residence here but does guard his bed against them. He previously lived with a dog but does guard food bows against them. It’s a shame because he plays beautifully and we think he would be like to share his home with another playful companion of similar energy level but alternatively could live happily as a solo dog. If he were to live with another dog he would need a home that is able to deal with him guarding his bed from them and deterring him from doing so.

Dexter is smart and trainable and would greatly benefit from attending future training classes with his new human to help him become a calm, balanced dog and also to help cement a good relationship between him and his person.

Dexter is house broken and non destructive in the home.

from Dogs for Adoption –