Woody is a 6 year old Springer cross Collie who came into foster for no fault of his own. He is a very gentle, loyal dog who seeks reassurance from the adults in his foster care. He is nervous, which we think is due to him being attacked as a young dog. He was taken to the vets after the attack and had two puncture wounds to his neck. He is still nervous of other dogs, particularly on lead and can be quite vocal towards them with some teeth baring. However, if he is off lead and they ignore him he is happy to run past them. He doesn’t seek out other dogs to play.
Whilst in foster care he has been introduced to other dogs slowly and is trusting them more and more. He is happy to sniff other dogs through a fence or chase a ball next to them. It is felt that currently he wouldn’t tolerate another dog in his house though so needs to be an only dog. He may in the future if introduced correctly be okay with a calm, gentle dog like him. Woody’s favourite activity is playing with his ball. He loves walks where he is off lead and able to chase a ball. Woody doesn’t have a nose though, so human enrichment activities are also included in a walk with Woody, as time is spent finding the ball for him when he loses it. In the house, Woody has his snake toy which he loves to play with. He understands “leave it” and this can end the session without too much fuss.
Woody’s recall is good and he will stop and look for you on a walk. He runs ahead and checks back in all the time ensuring that you are with him. He is able to follow basic instructions such as “wait,” “leave it” (near muddy puddles) and “come.” Outdoors though “sit” seems to be too challenging for him, unlike indoors when he will “sit” happily. Even with lots of training on this in foster care he still isn’t managing it, although he will wait at the side of the road to cross. Woody does pull on lead even with a harness. He is starting to understand some heel work but this will need a good deal more training by his new owner.
Woody has been introduced to chickens, small furries, sheep, cows and deer. In all cases, he whimpers and looks for reassurance from his humans. He ignores cats. He loves to chase the trains up and down the garden and it’s comical to watch the chickens watching him doing this.
Woody sleeps downstairs. He was encouraged to sleep in the kitchen, however managed to jump the stairgate to find his way to the sofa in the middle of the night. Woody isn’t crate trained and doesn’t seek out a bed to sleep on. He is happy sleeping on the floor close to the humans. Woody has been in foster care with an 11 year old child. He is calm and gentle with him and listens to him when he is training him. Woody likes his pack to be together and often says “hello” (in Scooby style) in the morning as each member of the family comes downstairs. Woody would make a lovely family dog who are able to give him all the reassurance he needs, as he is such a human orientated dog. He will be loyal and loving and give as much back as the humans give to him.. Woody is neutered, chipped, vaccinated, wormed and flead and he is in foster in East Sussex.
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