Badger is a 5-7 year old male Labrador Cross. He is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. He was a dog we met on our trip to Bacau,Romania last November. He was living on the streets in a pack but was very low in the pecking order and had been bitten many times.
He is an absolutely gorgeous boy. He is super friendly and cuddly and, in typical Labrador fashion, will lap up any love and cuddles that come his way. Badger came over to the UK earlier this year and was adopted but has recently been returned.
Badger lives well with other dogs despite being bullied in the past. He could live with respectful children over the age of twelve but does jump up at the moment and this would need to be trained out of him. He does pull on the lead at the moment and would need proper basic training in his next home.
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 it situations where unexpected triggers might happen (e.g. around bonfire night). Nervous dogs may always need to wear a slip-lead as a back-up 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.