• Est. birth date: 07/01/2011
  • Male, neutered
  • 26 lbs
  • Microchipped
  • Heartworm negative
  • Current on vaccinations
  • Adoption Fees

Dozer is currently being fostered near Peoria, Illinois.

Dozer is a very handsome, friendly, and athletic 6 ½ year old that was surrendered by his owners after a baby was born. It was reported that he didn’t like the baby and seemed stressed out by it.  Dozer’s first foster family gave him up because their puppy apparently stressed him out, too (but he played well with the 3 ½ year old foster fur sister).  However, we have found him to be a very fun, friendly and adorable dog.  

In Dozer’s original home, he had a happy relationship with a canine companion and we believe that he truly misses her, since he will sometimes bark or cry when he hears another dog outside barking.  Unfortunately, Dozer’s current foster fur-sister has not been very welcoming.  Dozer has tolerated her reasonably well, but has occasionally grouched back at her when she has been particularly unfriendly.  We believe that he is fine with other respectful dogs and would love to have a new, friendly companion - well one that isn’t a puppy.

This boy is very energetic!  We have made sure he gets a good walk once or twice daily.  He loves to be outside - REALLY loves to be outside - so a securely fenced-in yard is an absolute must.  We’ve discovered that he really likes to play Frisbee and chase a tennis ball.  He also likes to just run around the yard with his foster family.  Dozer is quite the snuggler, he loves neck scratches and will rest his head on the couch and gaze at you until you get scratching.

Dozer is house trained and has had no accidents in his foster home.  When we aren’t at home, he is well-behaved and makes himself comfortable on the couch, on a bed in our guest room, or in his doggy bed. He enjoys looking out the window from the guest-room bed.  He responds to some commands, when told to sit he sits and raises his paw - and he hides under a bed if you want to brush his teeth. 

Dozer needs a family that will be sure to give him the exercise he needs to keep anxiety away. Babies, or the change in routine that a baby caused, made him anxious, so, it’s probably best to avoid small children. 

If you are willing to open up your home to this sweet dog, email his foster mom & dad, Barb & John at to learn more!


Any one interested in adopting this dog must first complete an adoption application indicating the name of the dog(s) they are interested in learning more about.  Once the adoption application is received, our adoption coordinator will contact you.  You must respond to this email to set up your home visit and complete the approval process.  The entire adoption process is outlined on our web site.

NOTE: Due to the breed's independent and prey driven nature, Shibas should ALWAYS be leashed whenever they are outside of a securely fenced area.  In addition, many Shibas are door bolters and care should be taken around doors and other escape points.