#10195 Calcutta

Adoption Pending
Medium-size, Male, Adult Shepherd,

Hi! My name is Calcutta, but my foster parents call me Bubs! I came to OPH 12/13/20 from a rural shelter in North Carolina, where my future didn't look too good because I was scared and shutdown (see last picture). My foster Mom & Dad stepped in and saved my life! I’m guessed to be a Shepherd mix, estimated to be about 1.5-2 years old, and I currently weigh about 50 lbs. Click here to see me playing!

I didn't have a great start to life and for this reason I can be a shy guy. My foster parents are working with me to show me how to be a dog. I've come so far in the time they've had me, they say every day I am making progress and really starting to act like a doggo!

I haven't had any accidents inside, I love to eat my breakfast/dinner, foster parents call me the bucking bronco when I'm in the yard because I do little jumps and runs, I love to sleep and roll on my back, I make the cutest little squeaks when I yawn, and when I'm done eating I become a bit sassy and bring the empty bowl to the middle of the family room! I love going on walks and besides some crazy sniffing I do really well on leash! My day normally involves a lot of sleeping (I love couches and my dog bed), play time with my foster fur sister, and a few snuggles!

I still have some anxieties one of those being when humans walk towards me... I don't like this and will dart away. This can make simple tasks such as being hooked on the leash difficult.
Also I am VERY SCARED of the crate and I try everything in my power to get out. I don't mind going in it to sleep, but the door must remain open or I start to panic. My adopter(s) should expect to work with me on this as well as basic obedience, right now I'm still getting the hang of other things so I don't know any commands yet, except foster parents are working on the command "sit" and I am sort of getting the hang of it!
Because I am not fully crate trained, I need an adopter that can be home all or most of the day when I am first adopted, because I can’t fully be trusted when left alone. Foster parents have tested leaving me alone and although I do well most of the times, other times I have been a bit mischievous. It's a work in progress and foster parents do think I'd be able to be left out for longer period of times if the potential adopter(s) dog proof!
I also struggle with coming inside once potty and play time are done. Foster parents have been working really hard on this and I recently started to come inside on my own, but not every time. I just love the outdoors soooo much I don't want to go in! Foster parents are able to hook a leash to me in the yard if I don't come inside, but potential adopter(s) could also let a leash drag while I do my business and play.

I am currently going to a trainer who is helping to teach foster parents and myself! My new family should plan on continuing to work with a trainer so that I can continue to gain confidence! I have not met any children or cats in my foster home. I do have some prey drive so cats may not work out, but children who understand boundaries might be ok!
I need to be in either a single family home or townhome in a relatively quiet area, a second dog in the home is a must (bonus if they are very playful), and someone who understands that I need some extra time to grow and guidance to learn how to trust!

My foster parents say that if someone can give me a chance at being a part of a family, one day I am going to be the best dog! I need a few meet and greets before being adopted, because I am still hesitant with strangers and you probably won't get to see my sweet side the first time you meet me. Foster parents also say they are very willing to answers any and all questions you may have!

I’m in search of my furever family. Is that with you? If so, apply today!

Calcutta is up-to-date on his vaccinations and has been neutered. He is not suitable in an apartment, condo or other urban setting. Calcutta is currently being fostered in Timonium, MD.

This dog's bio is based off the experiences of the foster and/or volunteers of OPH as well as any information that we received from the shelter or previous owner. This is very important because it means that while they may act one way in the foster’s home, you may experience something different in your home.