Dusty Springfield is a 2-3 year old female Old English Sheepdog Cross. She was adopted from us when she was just 6 months old. Unfortunately due to a relationship breakdown she is once again looking for a home. Dusty’s family were incredibly heartbroken to be surrendering her. She has been very loved. Dusty has always been timid in nature and weary of strangers from an early age. Whilst her family have done their best to combat this she has not overly been pushed out of her comfort Zones so has not come on a lot with meeting new people. She developed a new behavior of guarding her space and human mum from strangers (mainly men) as a result of the breakup however has not bitten and the behavior manifests in vocal outbursts rather than volatile aggression.
We do believe this is coming from a place of fear in an unstable environment where she was struggling to cope with losing everything familiar to her rather than an ingrained behavior. Whilst it displays characteristics of resource guarding I am hesitant to label it as such. We feel it’s more fear reactivity and Dusty struggling to cope without the routine she is familiar with coupled with her fear of strangers. She will need training with people and a positive association will need to be built with new people entering her space. We can advise on this further with a training plan we have set out for her.
Dusty is a typical OES cross, a complete live wire and incredibly sweet lady when she knows you. She is incredibly nervous with strangers and does bark but this is really improving with gentle encouragement and positive reinforcement. Dusty has so much character. She enjoys being fussed and loves companionship. If you sit down she jumps onto your lap and begs you to stroke her.
Dusty shares her suite with another dog and gets on well with them. She has previously lived with one also. She is unphased by dogs and doesn’t have any issues with food, beds or toys. She mingles with lots of different characters without problems.
Dusty Springfield needs a home that is experienced with resource guarding and fear reactivity. Adopters need to stand their ground and deal with the situation quickly and calmly in order to not exacerbate her outburst further and deter her 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 Dusty Springfield is set up to succeed in her new home.
Dusty Springfield is incredibly scared at first meets, she can be vocal and problematic, she also lunges in an attempt to get people to leave her alone and doesn’t allow people to touch her. Once she knows you she is all over you. She is a typical under socialised puppy who needs an experienced home to combat this. Her behavior has come on leaps and bounds in rescue with other confident social dogs and positive reinforcement. She cannot go to a home with young resident and visiting children due to the fact that she is exceptionally fearful and we don’t feel at this stage they will be beneficial to her development. She will take time and patience but we are confident in the right home she will flourish into a wonderful social little lady. Dusty Springfield will benefit from a home that is active; she loves to walk and has a fantastic recall. When she’s regularly exercised her outbursts improve dramatically. A tired dog is a happy dog we always say.
Dusty Springfield is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Meets to see Dusty 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 72 hours to try to respond. Adoption fees apply.