|DOGS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION
Ref No: 10001139
Location: Strathclyde: Lanarkshire
Breed: Springer/Cocker Cross
Age: 5 Years, 2 Months ESTIMATE
Gender: Neutered Male
Good with Children: No
Good with Dogs: Yes
Good with Cats: No
Good with Livestock: Yes
|Alfie's CV: We are looking for a very special home for Alfie.
Alfie was rehomed by us in 2017 but sadly returned to the rescue last year. Alfie has spent some time in a boarding kennel where he has undergone extensive assessment and he has adapted to this life very well, he also spends time in the home but can find the busy household stressful and likes to take himself off to a quiet place.
When he sees a river, he is first in and last (reluctantly) out. He has no issues with being dried after being in water, and is now enjoying the attention that grooming brings, gentle and consistent grooming must be continued in his new home to allow this to keep improving. He does not like having ticks or burrs removed from his body / coat.
He has adapted to kennel life well, and would do well in a kennel environment where he has regular exercise and some canine company, or in a home where he will have his own space to go off to and be left alone.
Very keen to bring you a present on meeting you, loves to carry his tennis ball, or offer up a toy for a game of fetch, he must be the one to instigate this.
While he will accept being petted when he first meets you - he is not the kind of dog who would or will ever be likely to welcome lots of petting unless he seeks it out on his terms. This may improve over time, but we can not say that with any certainty.
If Alfie isn't comfortable it will be shown in body language rather than a growl or grumble, it is essential he has a home where he will be allowed to be a dog, rather than a typical family pet - he shows behaviour indicating that he has been physically manipulated in the past, he can be unsure and stare if he can't predict what your next move will be, his new home will have to really understand and appreciate this and make sure they see the signs and do not push him into a confrontation. Alfie does have a bite history - but this has always been predictable and preventable.
Alfie is very much an own-dog, he does not need, nor like a lot of human contact. We would welcome enquiries from quiet households looking for a walking or hiking companion who also have a home with a space for him to be able to take himself off to and relax and sleep in peace and quiet. Or perhaps a kennel where Alfie could go to have his own space.
If you are interested in adopting Alfie, please email the address below. Alfie will require a minimum of two visits before adoption, he is in foster in South Lanarkshire, and ongoing behavioural support will be provided by the rescue.
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Ref No: 8001366
Location: Borders: Berwickshire
Breed: English Springer Spaniel
Age: 7 Years, 0 Months ESTIMATE
Gender: Neutered Male
Good with Children: Older
Good with Dogs: Yes
Good with Cats: No
Good with Livestock: No
|Dexter's CV: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
Dexter is a very special Springer Spaniel who is looking for a quiet home. One without young children, but older teenagers would be ok.
He could live alone or with an older dog but not a young dog who wants to play and be boisterous.
Dexter has Hip Dysplasia and because of this he also has arthritis in his hips, he is on lifelong meds and yumove for this. (Will be supported by SRS if required)
He does not need long walks but gentle exercise to help keep his weight down.
Due to his arthritis Dexter will need to be lifted in and out of the car or he will need a ramp. He travels well in the car but when he knows he’s going for a walk he will cry till you get there.
When he goes somewhere new for a walk he gets very excited and just wants to run, this makes his back legs sore so you need to work on quieting him down. I would advise you to walk him in the same place for a while when you first get him to keep him calmer.
You have to be quite firm with him when you are out walking as he does pull on the lead although this is getting better. You will need to continue to work on this, I have found that he’s best on a collar not a harness.
His recall is not great as he switches off when he is excited or has his nose to the ground. Again this will need worked on in his new home.
Dexter loves water and will pull you into water if you’re not careful! he loves to swim, but he also loves a muddy puddle to wallow in, he’s never clean!
He is not live stock proof and will chase, if you pass live stock he will bark, again I’m working on this.
He loves to eat nettles no idea why but they don’t affect him in any way but if he’s unable to find them he will eat any plants so you need to watch him as not all plants are dog friendly. He does sometimes bark at other walkers when out and he really doesn’t like people walking with a stick, but he also, at times, thinks every one should be his friend.
He will bark at you when out if he wants do something that you don’t want him to do, I just ignore him and he’s slowly getting the message getting mad gets him nowhere.
He loves to pull sticks and kelp apart, he has been a stone chewer but I think I’ve got this stopped. He loves being in the garden and loves being in a sunny spot.
Dexter is a fabulous boy, who once he gets to know you will make you a fabulous pet. He needs someone who is willing to take things very slowly with him and let him settle into a new home at his own pace, he cannot be rushed.
In the house he loves the sofa and my bed!
Once he gets to know you, he will be happy to be in another room from you but it will take him time and he will follow you about at first. He can be left on his own in the house.
Dexter may growl at you until he gets to know your not going to hurt him, if he growls the best thing to do is walk away and leave him.
He does like a cuddle but on his terms. It will take time for him to build up trust in you.
He’s not very keen on being towel dried. I use a drying mitt and he’s ok with it but again he can growl. I then use a drying coat.
He’s not happy being brushed especially his ears but I’m working on that, he usually takes the brush off me when he’s had enough!!
He barks if someone knocks on the door but stops when you open the door.
Dexter likes to meet people but he can nip fingers if you don’t watch him, distracting him with a ball helps to stop this.
Dexter is good with other dogs and will back away if another dog has a go at him.
Dexter is a special boy, he may have a few problems which still need some work, but once you build up a bond with him you will have a fabulous companion.
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