Riley is a 1-2 year old male Cross-Breed. He is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. He was brought to the UK from a shelter in Romania. He is a friendly and loving boy but still very young and therefore will need continued training. Riley has lived with children aged three years plus and has always been very good with them. Riley needs a good level of exercise.
Riley mixes well with other dogs generally but has just been returned for bullying the submissive collies in an adoptive home so any dogs he lives with the need to be confident to play with him and stand up to him. He could also be an only dog but would need adequate stimulation. Riley cannot live with cats as he chases them. Riley is still just a pup so needs someone to be home for the most part of every day.
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.