Leo is a 2 year Labrador being fostered in Tavistock in a family home with 5 dogs, a teenager and visiting young grandchildren. This lovely boy has a sad story, he was brought from a Pet Shop in Spain as a puppy but interest was soon lost in him due to work commitments and family life, so Leo spent his life in the corner of their garden in a kennel with a run.
We were told about Leo’s plight on a recent trip to Spain and we were asked if we could possibly help, we took him out for a morning to assess his temperament, it was pretty clear cut he had a lovely temperament, very friendly with everyone he met and other dogs, was pretty obvious also he had had no training, had not been out for months and was just craving attention.
We knew he would be a bit of a project but with his lovely temperament, one of our experienced foster homes agreed to give Leo the chance he so needed to adapt to home living and have some training which in turn will help him find the right forever home. We have done lots of videos of Leo in different situations so you can get a feel for him.
So Mr Leo – WELL – when he arrived he was a bit of a nightmare – he was all over the place having never lived properly as a family or in a house, happy and worried at the same time, his house training was non existent, even walking on the lead was a nightmare. He has amazing foster carers who have worked so hard with him to help him adjust and guide him. He has now mastered house training which he did very quickly, his walking on the lead has improved so much now he is wearing a figure of 8 lead and walks really well on it.
He is confident around the town and travel well in the car. People hes has no malice in him, very friendly and a real loving dog. The dogs also he is very good with no problems although he can be a bit bouncy, there is a little Poodle boy who lives there who has told Leo off a few times and Leo is frightened of him and does what Bill saids when he saids enough lol . He soon backs of when told off by the other dogs but does love to play too. He sleeps well at night in his crate. Loves relaxing in the evening with the familiy.
So there are all the positives to Leo, next not going to call them negatives, lets call them the certain points where there is room for improvement. What you have to remember is this boy is a fully grown lab but acts at times like a 10 week old puppy as he has never been shown or had the time spent on him to know any better. So his recall well to be honest its none existent at the moment, he has been let off as usually Labs naturally have a good recall but not Leo he just runs in one direction!
This has been tried a couple of times hoping with the distractions of the other dogs but he really does not have a clue and its too risky to be chasing him over the moors with all the livestock around now, but his foster carers are going to carry on working on this and trying to find a secure field to practice in.
Grandchildren, they visit every fortnight they are very young one 3 and the other nearly 2. Leo adores them, these children are very dog savvy and think its funny when he kisses them and knocks them flying, he did improve as the days when on as they stay over 2 nights so will update next time they visit. So again no malice at all, he has such love to give them but does not realise his size.
So there is our lovely boy, a bit of a project, he has a wonderful temperament which is the main thing in any dog and with the right home with the right guidance you will have a wonderful dog but he needs all that basic training he has missed out on in his earlier life, the recall needs a lot of work and you will need access to some sort of field or large garden for him to let off stream, children, it has to be teenagers, if you have visiting grandchildren in the end he will be fine as you will teach him but just not safe to put him with little ones while he needs this training. He could, of course, living with other dogs but another young one I think would be a nightmare with them playing all the time, an older one as long as they would tell him off when he was ott would work.
He needs an experienced, confident owner willing to put a lot of time and effort into him. He loves nothing better in the evenings than to cuddle up with you, he loves being part of a family he just needs guidance on this.
Leo is neutered, vaccinated and has his own Pet Passport. If you feel you could be the right home for Leo you need to email us for our questionnaire in the first instance.