Rachel is a 4 year old female Retriever Cross. She is fostered in South Shields. She was found as a stray on the streets of Braila in Romania, she was actually saved because of her friendship with a small dog called Pansy who has recently been rehomed by us. They lived in an area known for dog fighters prowling the streets to find small dogs to use as bait to train their fighting dogs, Pansy was tiny, so leaving her wasn’t an option, but Rachel was so loyal to Pansy that they took her as well.
She is a delight to have around, she’s curious and excitable and can’t believe her luck at this interesting new life and is throughly enjoying herself! She still has basic manners to learn, but she’s a clever girl and will be fun to train. She lives well with the other dogs, she’s playful and kind and she’s learning the concept of personal space. She’s equally interested in human company so could live very happily as an only dog. She could live with dog savvy children over 8 and she hasn’t been cat tested.
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 it situations where unexpected triggers might happen (e.g. around bonfire night). Nervous dogs may always need to wear a slip-lead as a back-up 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.