Anna is a 3 year old female Greyhound cross Lurcher. She is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. She was handed into the pound as a stray.
She has a microchip but all the information disclosed was that she was last sold in at a horse fair. She shows all the signs of being used for coursing and then either being dumped or getting lost during coursing with nobody bothering to search for her.
Anna was initially very scared in the pound and reluctant to let anyone get close but has since had a change of heart.
Since coming into our care she has found her feet and her confidence very quickly, she is a cheeky and very smart girl around the house, in a day she has figured things out that other dogs take months and some never figure out.
Anna loves her walks and seems to like children but has only been assessed with those aged seven pluses. Anna is unlikely to be okay with cats and small furry animals and we will not be testing her with them.
So dear little Anna is finding her true character since settling into our foster home. She still loves her fuss and attention but has learnt that there is plenty to go around all the dogs and is happy to share her fusses with the others.
So she would happily be rehomed in a house with other dogs. She is still eating like a horse and is putting on weight nicely. She is such an affectionate and inquisitive girl and she follows me about the house and garden like a little lamb.
As she is so enthusiastic to get going on her walks she tends to be quite a pully on a lead, this is our next project to work on and as she is such a sweet and willing-to-please girl I am sure we will show results in no time.
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.