Hank is a 3 year old male Jack Russell Terrier boy being fostered in Gloucestershire. This lovely boy has recently come into our care from a Dog Pound in Bristol – we have no history on him so have been assessing him in a family home so we can give people more feedback and also work out what will be the right home for him.
Hank is living in an all-female family foster home consisting of mum and two daughters one under 10 the other 12 and two dogs. What we know about Hank is he is very sweet natured, he does not seem to have a bad bone in him regarding the children, the other dogs, no guarding or food issues, if a dog tells him off, he will run the other way he is just a sweet little chap and could be easily bullied.
We believe he has not lived in a home before and was possibly from a traveler’s site, he is doing well with his house training but it’s still a bit hit and miss. He walks well on the lead and travels fine. He sleeps in a crate in the bedroom and settles well. He is social with other dogs and has met cats too and not fazed.
Hank we have found is very nervous of men and gets very worried by them so when the house has had a visiting man, he found this very worrying. He is very food driven and will steal food if he can, a pizza and few other things have been swiped where the kids were not quick enough. He has obviously never had a routine or any sort of training but his foster home reports he is a very bright little dog and eager to learn and responded well to clicker training.
Hank on his overall assessment is a very lovely natured dog so the main things are there regarding his temperament but he needs a lot of time spent on him to help him feel more confident and get used to home living, he is not a difficult case but he will need people with terrier experience or similar. We also think he would benefit from another dog – not only to play with but to help show him the ropes, a calmer older dog would be perfect for him.
Children he is obviously very safe around them but children take up time and he will need that time, although gentle when taking treats he also such a thief with food etc he could maybe without intending to he could snatch food from their hand and catch them by accident he has a few times snatched food and run off with it.
So basically, in a nutshell needs an experienced rescue home with terrier experience, a very very secure garden, another dog for him to play with and for him to learn from, no primary age children, no full time workers. A great dog for the right people with his wonderful nature. He is scared of men so needs a woman as his main carer and then if there are men in the house, he can slowly get used to them.
Hank has now been neutered, started his vaccinations, chipped, up to date with flea/wormed.