Hooch is a 9 year old male German Short-Haired Pointer who is in a foster home in Christchurch, Dorset, waiting for a someone to offer him a permanent home. It took Hooch about two weeks to settle at his foster home. He was hyper for the first few days, and during the first week he was quite unsettled and fretted if he was not within touching distance of one his carers. He is now more relaxed and happy to settle down for a nap, but preferably in the same room as his people.
Hooch needs a home where he won’t be left for long periods on his own and he will need to be given time to gradually get used to being left. His foster carers have only left him alone in the house for around an hour so far. He does get quite stressed when left and whines and yaps for a while at least. They are gradually increasing the time left at home now he is more settled. Hooch is friendly with other dogs and shows no aggression. However when walking on a lead he does pull sharply towards dogs in an effort to meet and greet them. His foster carers are having frequent sessions in an enclosed dog-dedicated area to encourage close association with other dogs. Seems to ignore cats: There are no cats in or around his foster home, but when Hooch has come across cats while out walking on the lead he has virtually ignored them even at relatively close range.
Hooch lived with children in his previous home and should be fine to live with children again. As he is quite a large dog and can be boisterous so we think children aged 8+ would be best. Hooch needs plenty of exercise. He will play almost endlessly with a tennis ball, especially if it squeaks. He punctures them quite quickly but still likes to play. His foster carers are using ball play to encourage recall and he will now, mostly though not always, sit and wait after the ball is thrown until being told to fetch and then come back. He might even drop the ball but no promises!
Hooch needs people who are at home a lot of the time and he certainly isn’t suitable for full-time workers. His new owners need to be happy and willing to put in time training him. He thrives on company and tends to fret for a while if either of his fosterers leave the house. He needs direct access to a secure garden. He’s very good with other dogs and might benefit from living with a calm and gentle dog to help him settle into his new home, provided initial introductions went well.
Hooch is due his second vaccination on 21st October and he will be neutered approximately two weeks after that. He has been wormed and flea treated. Hooch is in very good health overall. He has a small cyst on the lower lid of his left eye which appears to be growing slowly. If the vet feels this should be removed, it will be done when Hooch is neutered.