Bella is a 9 year old female Cross-Breed. She is fostered in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. She loves attention and cuddles. Bella was rehomed last year from Safe Rescue, but due to the adopters ill health, she has been returned to us. She is therefore used to living in a home, and walks beautifully on the lead.
Bella can be a little nervous around new people so she would prefer a quiet home with no children. Bella would prefer to be the only dog in the home so she can hog the sofa and all the attention. Bella is considerably plumper than when she was adopted a year ago, and she is currently on a strict diet and exercise regime.
The weight that she has gained has had a detrimental effect on her joints, and she can currently only manage short walks. Potential adopters will need to be firm enough to keep Bella on a strict diet until she loses the weight. It is not known if her joint pain will ease with the weight loss, but it is expected to help.
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.