Tilly is a 1 year old female Dachshund Cross. She is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. She originated from a hoarder’s house in Romania, she was brought to the attention of rescuers at a spay and neuter campaign.
Tilly is a timid girl due to her previous owner shooing all the dogs around with a broom. Tilly is submissive and jumpy but is also super sweet and affectionate once she gets to know you. Due to her nervous nature, she will need a quiet home with no young children as loud noises and commotion scare her.
Tilly mixes well with other dogs and small animals but could also be an only dog. She doesn’t like dogs that are too big and in her face as she finds them intimidating. If you have the quiet environment this youngster requires please get in touch.
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.