Amy is a 3 year old female Cross-Breed. She is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. She has come to us recently from another UK rescue who is, unfortunately, being forced to move their dogs, she was originally from a shelter in Romania. Amy is a quiet and reserved girl who takes a little while to warm up to new people. Once you have gained her trust she is a sweet and affectionate girl.
Amy is a bit old before her time and acts like a much more mature dog than she is. We have no idea what breeds are in her make up she’s quite woolly coated and spaniel sized but your guess is as good as ours! Amy is looking for a quiet home. She can live with other dogs but boisterous dogs get on her nerves so they would need to match a similar calmness to her own.
Amy travels well in a car and is gaining experience out on walks and enjoying experiencing the world. When you adopt a Safe Rescue dog, you MUST use a slip lead. This will keep your dog safe: your new dog will be nervous and will not trust you, and you will not know which situations might upset your dog.
If your dog panics, then a slip lead is the only way to prevent your dog from escaping (many dogs can escape from a collar and/or harness). It will take AT LEAST 3-6 months for your dog to settle in and for you to know your dog fully (longer for nervous dogs). The slip lead must ALWAYS be used during this settling-in period.
Even after your dog is settled, it is safest to use the slip lead in situations where your dog may become scared (e.g. visiting new places, around unfamiliar people, at the vet), and in situations where unexpected triggers might happen (e.g. around bonfire night). Nervous dogs may always need to wear a slip-lead as a backup safety measure.
The slip lead is a safety device and must NEVER be used as a training tool. Using the lead to apply pressure to the dog’s neck is damaging. If your dog pulls on the lead, then we can advise you on training methods that avoid harm. Once your dog is settled, you may want to consider using a harness (together with the slip lead) if your dog is comfortable with being handled when it is fitted.
Most harnesses are not escape-proof, but harnesses with a strap behind the ribcage (e.g. Ruffwear Webmaster or Perfect Fit Harnesses) are safer. Retractable/extendable leads must never be used on our dogs. Adopted dogs must be collected from the rescue and transported straight home in a crate.