Age: 2 years
Size/Weight: 48 lbs, but should be closer to 55 lbs
Color: White / Liver
Breed: English Setter
Socialization/training: Oliver has come a long way since he was sprung from jail. He is 90% housebroken, master of the doggie door, and is loving his new life as an indoor dog! He is a good learner and has quickly learned to go to his crate, sit for meals, and use the doggy door, which he had no clue about when he first arrived! Oliver does not appear to have any formal obedience training and was probably a kenneled, hunting dog.
Oliver is very food motivated and when treats are near he will sit upon request. He has a very soft mouth. When he is fed in his crate, he prefers a human to sit with him. He is not bothered by the other dogs getting near his crate while he eats.
Good with Children: At this point would be best around older teens and adults only.
Good with Dogs: Yes. Oliver gets along with our other dogs and is learning to play with them. He can sit by himself or butt-to-butt with another dog. He is learning to be part of the family! Small dogs are not recommended because so far, any interaction with smaller animals has him very focused on them.
Good with Cats: Unknown, but would not recommend because of his focus when around smaller animals.
House trained: Mostly. We have learned that Oliver needs to go outside on a routine, but we still have an occasional accident. He has improved tremendously and will be 100% in no time. In the meantime, we keep a bellyband on him when the doggy door is closed.
Crate trained: Yes. Oliver is not thrilled about it, but settles down after a few minutes. He initially was crated at night and while we were at work, but he now sleeps out of a crate in the bedroom overnight and is crated while we are out. He is fed in his crate.
Leash trained: Somewhat. Oliver doesn’t really pull, but could use additional training.
Activity Level: Medium - High. While outside, Oliver runs around the yard for as long as we let him. On the weekends that is most of the day. He will chase our dogs or go off on his own looking for whatever it is that strikes his fancy. He is similar in energy compared to our other young field setters.
Oliver does not need to be by your side every minute, but he will come over to say hi every so often. Oliver is learning to play with other dogs, but is fine sitting by himself or in the middle of the action.
Fence REQUIRED: A physical fence is required. Oliver has not challenged our 6’ privacy fence, but has scratched at it to ‘visit’ the neighbor’s three terriers. I would not recommend an invisible fence.
Behavior: Oliver is on his way to learning how to become part of a family and is steadily learning his manners. He likes to run and sniff around the yard and is also happy running along with his foster siblings chasing balls.
Medical History: Oliver came to us very underweight, but has gained 10 lbs since his arrival. He still needs to gain 5-10 lbs to be at an optimal weight. He is neutered, up to date on vaccines, microchipped and heartworm negative.
Foster Comments: Oliver is an active, young boy who will only get better with love, attention, and training. He knows his name and listens very well to his Foster Mom, but is not as responsive or receptive to his Foster Dad. He is crated during the workday and after a few minutes he settles down. Oliver was unmannered as we suspect he was an outside, kenneled, hunting dog but has come a very long way and is now mostly housebroken, is master of the doggie door, and is learning how to be an inside family dog. This is exhibited in the way he eats and drinks. He gulps water as if he were bobbing for apples and tends to be a little messy. He is not a speedy eater, but he grabs his food out of the bowl similar to how he drinks. I have tried a slow-eater bowl, but that just freaked him out. Oliver could still use some formal obedience training, but he has learned to sit for his meals and treats. He is not a licker, but will nuzzle you!
Oliver currently lives with four other dogs in his foster home and the youngest two have taught him how to play. It is a joy to see him grab a toy and trot around with it or play wrestle with another dog. He does not take offense to the young dogs playing around him and is ok with them in his space. He enjoys resting in the various dog beds spread throughout the home.
Oliver is hesitant around his Foster Dad and will give an occasional low warning growl when being asked for a toy or do something he doesn’t want to, especially in a confined area. Offering treats usually changes his mind, but he remains cautious. Any male adopter will need to focus on building that trust so Oliver learns that not all men are bad.
He is not yet a cuddler, but there is potential once he learns to totally trust his new humans. He enjoys playing fetch and trotting around with the ball in his mouth showing off that he found it. Getting it back from him is a challenge sometimes, but he’s learning. He easily destroys tennis balls, so a tough rubber ball is best. He shows signs of being a good tracking dog by the way he puts his head down as he searches the yard for the ball in the leaves.
The best thing about Oliver is that he roos! We don’t have a rooer in our pack, but Oliver likes to talk to you with his roos!
Adoption Fee: $300.00
Foster Location: North Augusta, SC
In most cases volunteer transport is available for your adopted dog to within 2 hours of your home.