Portia is a 2 year old, female English Springer Spaniel. Portia came into us in a terrible state, both physically and mentally but has come so far in the months she has been in our care. When she first arrived, Portia was fearfully aggressive towards everything and so we had to build her trust and confidence up from scratch. We quickly discovered that she loves tennis balls and so used them as a tool to help socialise her and make her less fearful. Portia still struggles with people she doesn’t know and takes a while to fully trust and relax and so needs a patient, experienced owner. Once she has done so she is very affectionate, loyal and is very responsive to training.
Portia has come on leaps and bounds since being with us and can now enjoy going on walks without being scared of everything but she still struggles around other dogs and has a fearful aggressive response towards them. She is on a training plan to help her with this which she is responding well to and is now happy to walk with other dogs being around her at a distance but her training will need to be continued in her new home.
Portia is incredibly intelligent and loves using her nose! We keep her mentally stimulated here with several different activities, one of her favourites is tracking work! She will need a family who will continue to provide her with mental stimulation as well as physical exercise to keep her happy and to prevent her from becoming bored. Portia cannot live with other animals but can live with experienced children 14 years and over.