Maria is a 2 year old female Terrier Cross. She is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. She was abandoned at the gates of the Crivatu shelter in Romania with two small puppies. It took a while to gain their trust and get them through the gate but eventually, they were safe.
Marias’ pups are now all grown up and she is here in the UK looking for her forever home. She has a very whippet temperament in that she is timid of new people and situations, but when she loves you she loves you.
Maria can live with other dogs that wouldn’t be too dominant but could also live happily as an only dog. She needs a calm home environment with no children under the age of twelve.
Maria is beginning to learn to walk on a lead (nobody walks dogs on leads in Romania) but will need to gain confidence out and about in the weeks ahead. This sweet, loving, but insecure little girl deserves all the love in the world and will give it back tenfold. Passed her cat testing.
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 in situations where unexpected triggers might happen (e.g. around bonfire night).
Nervous dogs may always need to wear a slip-lead as a backup 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.