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 that was disclosed was that she was last sold 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.
She loves her fuss and attention so much to the point that she has even been a bit jealous of other dogs being close while she is getting attention. So possibly happiest as an only dog though we are not ruling out a home with another dog at this stage. Anna loves her walks and seems to like children but has only been assessed with that aged seven plus. Anna is unlikely to be okay with cats and small furry animals and we will not be testing her with them.
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.