Rusty is a 4-6 year old male Chihuahua Cross. He is fostered in Hingham, Norfolk. He has had a vet check and dental and his age is judged by dental. Rusty can be a little nervous when first meeting new people but after a few barks he will be in your lap wanting to be stroked. He will then follow you everywhere. He adores human company.
Rusty can be reactive out on walks on the lead to other dogs this is being worked on. He needs a home with a person/s who is compassionate, patient, and willing to work with him, to encourage and love him unconditionally! Rusty gets on with other dogs after slow introductions in the foster home he has no aggression at all just fear and he loves to play with them. He is not cat-tested and would be better placed in an adult home, he is fine being left a small part of the day.
This little man has had an awful start to his life – can someone who has time, experience, and compassion open their world to him. 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.