Toby is a 2 year old male Terrier Cross. He is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. He was brought over from Spain via another rescue and placed straight into a home that turned out to not be at all suitable. Despite trying to make it work for several months the family had to eventually admit defeat and we were asked to take him in and find him somewhere suitable for his needs.
Toby is a Terrier lover’s dream dog. He is always busy, always cheerful, and always ready to play. Toby is an absolute nightmare on a lead and pulls like a good.
He will need training in this area and we would possibly train to use a figure of eight lead in addition to the harness perhaps, to begin with. He’s a bit rough around the edges but he’s a trier and always eager to please! Toby needs a Terrier-experienced adopter. He’s still very young and mouldable but has high energy levels and will need an active home. Toby loves to play with other dogs but could live as an only dog.
He cannot live with cats or children, unfortunately. 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.