Otis is looking for his forever home

Age 4 years 

Sex Male 

Location Halifax  

Otis is just a little bundle of loveliness!

Otis is a joy, he is a gorgeous petite basset but his personality is huge. Otis loves people and other dogs, he wants lots of cuddles and is very affectionate.

Otis is a sensitive boy who relies heavily on his humans for comfort and company as he has separation anxiety. Otis needs someone who can commit to not leaving him alone. He does however share his love with people so if someone is familiar to him, he'll happily cuddle them. Otis shows promise in his training as he settles well in the house and doesn't follow you around unless he thinks he is missing something in the kitchen or sees you go upstairs. 

Photo curtesy of Dear Ernest Photography 

Otis lived as an only dog but is happier with a companion, he gains confidence and reassurance from another dog. We feel a confident basset or a smaller breed of dog who loves to play, cuddle up and who can lead a good example would be the best companion for him. He is playful but when our basset gets a bit too giddy or boisterous Otis tells him to calm down.Otis needs a home with no cats.

Otis is in great shape and the vet gave him a clean bill of health. He required a couple of visits for the vet to earn his trust but soon enough he was pulling me in wagging his tail and greeting all the staff.

Otis needs a calm, quiet home with no young children as he struggled with a busy household with lots of coming and going. Otis has shown a dislike to being bothered by our other dog or moved when settled, especially at bedtime he is reluctant to leave the sofa for last toilet, treats and plenty of encouragement do the trick. Similarly, if eating something he shouldn't have and he hasn't dropped it on command, he needs a positive trade up to avoid conflict. He has air snapped in these situations when nervous, but this can be avoided with the correct hands-off approach.

 Otis loves his food and all manner of treats, at meal times he has lovely manners. When food is being put in his bowl, he sits in the place he eats, waiting patiently for it. However, Otis doesn't give up high value toys and treats well, this can be overcome with distraction or trading up for something else. Otis is destructive with soft toys but he loves puzzle toys and tough rope toys. He also likes to counter surf, dip his nose into handbags and shopping bags given the chance!

Otis loves being out exploring he greets other dogs with a wagging tail and a sniff and then happy to walk on. Otis is happy to be walked on loud main roads and likes to say hello to the lambs at the field gate. He greets those we greet with a wagging tail and seeks cuddles out from people known to us or strangers who interact appropriately with him. Otis loves walks, he pulls on the lead therefore this requires further consistent training, he is a fast learner and food focused. Otis struggles to settle out of the home but when he has visited a place a few times with treats and reassurance he gets more confident and relaxes more each time.

 Otis sleeps on the sofa on his blanket at night with our dog, he settles straight after bedtime toilet and treat and sleeps through the night. In the morning he is usually awake around 6/7am and can worry if he wakes up without us there. Otis is very excited to see us in the morning and gives us the most wonderful greeting as he knows it means it's breakfast time as soon as we go into the kitchen! Otis hasn't been upstairs in our house, as our dog doesn't go up either. This is difficult for Otis if he sees us pop upstairs, he will need further desensitising to it gradually, should his new owners wish to continue this. When settled we can however pop up quietly and we often return to find he hasn't moved.

Otis is toilet trained and has had no accidents with us. He very rarely asks to go out but very occasionally goes to the door. Otis communicates vocally and he tells you his needs and feelings vocally by whining. 

 Otis travels very well in the car, he puts his paws up to be lifted into the boot with our other dog and lies down without a peep from him through the journey. Otis has travelled fine without our other dog and was also happy to walk alone.

 Otis is a fantastic loving dog who wins the hearts of all those he comes across. He has shown us what a brave boy he is, with time, love and patience we are sure he will continue to gain confidence and flourish.

 Otis needs someone who is at home more often than not and prepared to put in the time to help him settle and learn further

  • Someone who is prepared to work with on going training using only positive reinforcement methods. BRNGB will be able to assist with this. We do not agree with any negative training methods.
  • Someone who is willing to work with Otis and his separation anxiety and be patient whilst he gets to know you and his new home
  • A home with a patient, playful, confident resident dog who is willing to play and teach boundaries
  • Otis loves a walk, and needs physical and mental stimulation.
  • Patience and time to spend with Otis in the crucial first few weeks as he adapts
  • No small furies, birds, cats......
  • We do not adopt to households with children under the age of 5 however, we would recommend Otis is not in a home with children under secondary school age as he find small people confusing
  • Applications close on the 6th June 2022.

Taking on a rescue dog is not the easy option. You need to be prepared to help a confused and troubled hound find their place in your family. They have been through a massive upheaval and will need time to settle into a new way of life, so please consider this BEFORE you fill in an application.


Otis is subject to an adoption fee and a successful home check. If your home check is successful, your family, including any resident dog will need to be able to travel to his foster home to meet him and his foster family.

You will also have a telephone call with a member of the team, plus Otis' foster family, so that all of his history can be shared with you in person, and that we can be assured that you can fill all of his needs and requirements.

Otis comes with 5 weeks free insurance via our rehoming partner, Agria.

Otis as with all of our hounds will have full rescue back up for life.

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