Billy is a 2 year old male Cockapoo. He has come into rescue due to resource guarding his human against people. Billy is actually a very good dog in so many ways. He is housebroken and non destructive in the home, travels well in the car, knows tricks and is trained well. He walks well on the lead and loves everyone he meets. He’s social with dogs outside on walks and enjoys playing with them. He doesn’t actually resource guard typical things like toys and his bed and also does not guard them from other dogs either. He actually only guards what he believes as his person from others. For those who don’t know Resource guarding refers to a dog displaying behavior (growling, snapping, etc.) intended to convince other dogs or humans to stay away from a particular treasure or “resource.” The resource can be food, treats, toys, a place (a bed or favorite chair), or occasionally a person.
Billy is basically a very bolshy teenager who has got his own way for a very long time now without correction. Unfortunately this has manifested in him being very volatile when told he feels his human is in imaginary danger. This is essentially a learned behavior and the further he pushes things the more he gets away with stuff which validates this behavior more for him. Unfortunately the more he guards his human the more people leave them alone therefore it works for him. He has nipped the husband and grandchildren in his last home whilst guarding the lady of the house from them. He doesn’t jump straight to nipping though and gives a fair bit of warning however it is definitely not out of the question for him.
Billy’s behaviour is manageable and has improved drastically since coming into rescue. He is much less confrontational and can be redirected out of this behavior a lot easier. He is a lot more social with new people now also. The key with him is to be incredibly firm. He needs a very dog savvy home who can read body language. He needs strict firm boundaries. He must not be allowed on the beds or sofas or something level to you and if ever you need to remove something from him it must be swapped out with something higher value. He must not be pandered to and in the event that he starts his growling, teeth showing etc a slip lead must be quickly placed on him and he must be removed from the situation and placed outside or in a separate room to calm down.
Billy is really good with dogs and is friendly and social with everyone he meets. He has also lived with cats happily also. Billy is actually perfect 90% of the time. He’s very sweet, animated and an affectionate little chap. He enjoys attention and loves a belly rub. He knows basic commands, is housebroken, crate trained, non destructive in the home and happy to be left for reasonable durations of time. He is really lovely when he is managed correctly and knows he can’t push boundaries. He is currently incredibly overweight though and will need an adopted committed to helping him shed the pounds.
Billy needs a home that is experienced with resource guarding, reactive outbursts and will not be bullied by him. Adopters need to stand their ground and deal with the situation quickly and calmly in order to not exacerbate his outburst further and deter him from thinking that this behavior gets a reaction. Adopters will also need to continue with the training the rescue has put in place here so that Billy is set up to succeed in his new home. Due to his temper tantrums and the fact he has a bite history we cannot accept applications from homes with visiting or resident children under 13. Billy will benefit from a home that is active; he loves to walk and when he’s regularly exercised his outbursts improve dramatically. A tired dog is a happy dog we always say.
Billy is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Meets to see Billy are arranged on an APPOINTMENT ONLY basis AFTER a successful application and home check. Queries about our adoption process can be directed to ourselves through FB message. Unfortunately due to the volumes of messages and applications that we receive we may not be able to reply to everyone but please do give us 72hours to try to respond. Adoption fees apply.