Update: April 18
Marcus is really coming out of his shell these days, playing with toys and asking for pets & cuddles. He did amazing playing & interacting with a 3-month-old puppy. In fact, Marcus now has the run of the home interacting with dogs 2 to 9 years old. He loves to be in the mix and is asking for attention.

We couldn’t be more proud of him and all his hard work is paying off for him.

Marcus would be a wonderful family member with children and other dogs. His confidence is growing to match his sheer intelligence when it comes to problem-solving. Marcus has mastered opening the child gates in the home. He will keep you on your toes. Marcus has begun to learn the basics of the sport Canine Nose Work and really enjoys it and excels at it.

Update March 29th:

Marcus has now been in his foster home for a month and he has proven to be a very intelligent dog. He loves playing with other dogs and his confidence continues to build.

Marcus is afraid of toys, a simple rolling ball feeder causes him to cower, he ran from the room when a Kong wobbler was placed on the floor. New items need to be introduced to him slowly and with lots of praise and rewards.

Marcus has been seen by a Behavior Consultant and evaluated to be a “shy dog” who didn’t get enough “socialization and environmental stimulus” during his developmental months 4 to 8.

Marcus attended his first meet at a store since returning to the rescue and was a huge hit with shoppers. His stunning good looks and gentle eyes win people over, still, no fosters or adopters.

Marcus comes when called, knows sit, down, stay and runs to his kennel upon hearing “kennel up”. Marcus goes to the back door when he needs to take a potty break. He sleeps through the night in his crate.

Marcus is looking for a family with patience. In testing him during the evaluation we tried various things to find a trigger for him rolling over and urinating on himself.

Finally after banging pans, slamming doors, running the vacuum, dropping objects onto the table, floor, loud music, ect, ect. we discovered that raising your voice and yelling at him will cause the submissive urinating on himself. Or if two people raise their voices in yelling in an argument, he will cower, rollover and urinate. His foster family avoids yelling and chastising him leaving him a happy go lucky dog.


Original Post:
Marcus Aurelius came to the rescue at 2 days old with his Mom and 9 littermates. He is now 9 months old and looking for a new home as he is returning to the rescue.

Marcus has developed issues. He is now submissive urinating and has developed into a fearful dog.

Marcus will be going into an experienced foster home with one of his littermates who is an adoptee. Our goal for Marcus over the next month is to rebuild his confidence through being in the home with his brother, plus another confident dog in addition to private training sessions.

We are waiting to retake custody of Marcus to post updated photographs.

Marcus will be looking for a new family who is willing to work with him to continue his development into a happy dog. He would like a home where his people are home a great deal of the time, so he doesn’t become lonely and unsure.

If you feel you are that special person/family who can commit to being there for Marcus through thick and thin forever, please consider applying today and together we can help Marcus rediscover his true self.

Name: Marcus Aurelius
Age: 11 months
Gender: Male
Breed: Carolina/Lab Mix
Weight: 50 lbs
Build: Medium
Altered: Yes
Up to date on Core Vaccinations: Yes
Crate Trained: Yes
House Trained: Yes
Dogs: Yes
Children: Yes
Cats: Unknown

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