Barkley is a 10 year old male Cross-Breed. He is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. He spent several years in the Botosani public shelter in Romania and came to us a few months ago to start a new life. He has been in his UK foster home for a while now and is slowly growing in confidence. When he initially arrived he was afraid of anyone touching him and would snap in fear.
He’s not scared of people now but he still doesn’t really understand why we want to touch him ?. He will let us touch him if we insist on it but it wouldn’t occur to him to approach for a fuss yet. Barkley does love his food however, and this is definitely the best route to his heart! He is one of the cutest and most unusual dogs I’ve ever seen, he reminds me of a wombat. I have no idea what breeds make up his ingredients, but I’m pretty sure there’s no other dog that looks quite like him.
He is in a multi dog foster home and is confident in a large pack but he needs a more one to one environment to develop proper connections with humans. He will need one other dog in his new home and one or two more would be ok too. He’s not massively interactive with other dogs but just finds it comforting that they are there. Barkley is ok with cats.
This dear old boy has lived his whole life before coming to us being shown only the dark side of humans so it is perfectly understandable that he makes us work a bit for his love and trust. He really needs someone who can offer him a short walk or two every day and give him the time (and the food bribery) he needs to become a more sociable member of the family. Any children need to be of an age to understand his character and how to behave accordingly so no under tens please.
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.