Arthur is a 1-2 year old male Shepherd Cross. He is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. He was born in Spain and was adopted to a home in the UK via private adoption. Unfortunately, the adopters did not get him neutered or train him sufficiently and have recently been unable to cope with a large adolescent dog in a small space so we were asked to take him.
He will now be neutered and we have started the task of teaching him better manners as he is way too big to be allowed to jump up and way to strong to pull on a lead! Arthur is a lovely character who mixes well with other dogs and has been friendly with everyone he’s met since being in our care.
Arthur needs someone with large breed experience who will teach him what he needs to know to be a manageable dog in the future. He needs space to run around and a family who will stand by him for the rest of his life. Arthur is playful and affectionate and a pleasure to foster.
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.