Teddy is a 3 year old male Spaniel cross Poodle. He is being fostered in Gloucestershire in adult home with 3 other dogs. Teddy came into our care with another dog Buddy because their family were not coping with both the boys after a lot of personal pressures. A well-known charity had deemed both dogs bite risks and refused to take them and the owners felt they had no choice but to have them put down. Our Vets advised them to contact us before any decision was made.
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After meeting the family who were really honest with us about the past 12 months and spending time with both dogs, we were happy about taking them. We decided it was best for both dogs to be split up as both needed time and one to one. Both dogs had always got on and never fallen out.
Teddy’s story. He did belong to the mother who unfortunately became terminally ill she loved Teddy and he was her constant companion unfortunately her illness made her have a personality change at times and Teddy was pushed away a lot. There was also an accident where she tripped over Teddy and was badly hurt which was really unsettling for him and confusing.
Unfortunately, the lady passed away and Teddy stayed with the family it’s been a tough time for them all and Teddy started to have behaviour changes. He would growl when asked to go in his crate, he showed signs of resource guarding and became very uncomfortable around the two young children. Teddy has only been with us a week; he has got on with the other 3 dogs with no issues at all.
There has been a number of occasions when he has guarded a crisp packet, a toy and his food. We don’t challenge the growl that’s he way of letting us know he is uncomfortable. We are hoping as he settles and fills more secure this will subside. His fosters said he is an easy dog really out of a 24 hour period maybe 5 mins of him being guardy over something as long as you are experienced it should not be an issue as such.