Yogi is a 3 year old male Pomeranian. He is fostered in Middlesbrough. He’s quite big for a Pom, 11.5 Kg, so not a lap/handbag dog. So far in foster Yogi has proven to be very friendly and has shown no edge with people or dogs, even the Vet!
He jumps up for attention currently but this is being discouraged to promote good manners in his foster home. Yogi is an affectionate boy and will come and snuggle up next to you on the sofa.
Yogi will need further basic training in his forever home. As well as a basic lack of good manners, when out on walks he pulls towards and barks at other dogs, not aggressively though.
Yogi could live with or without another dog in the home and likes to play. Yogi could live with sensible children aged 7/8 plus.
He was initially a bit excitable with the cat in his foster home but is getting better and would be ok with a confident cat that stood its ground. He’s fine being left and is very happy in a crate.
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 a 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.