Yoshi is a 2 year old male Cross-Breed. He is fostered in Swindon. We have recently inherited Yoshi from a rescue that’s closing after he’d been in their care for months without a single inquiry. This is incredulous to us as he’s such a good boy!
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He is described as the perfect dog by his fosterer gentle and extremely loving with people, good with children of all ages, clean, silent at home, and good with dogs and cats. What more could you ask for? Yoshi had to go through a lot of pain and misery in Spain, where he was dumped in the streets and eventually taken to the local pound.
He had a jaw malformation or injury which meant a piece of his inferior jaw is missing. The pound had to remove some teeth and did what it could. Yoshi’s jaw issue doesn’t seem to cause him any trouble now, he eats normally and is pain-free. It just makes him that extra special! Yoshi is desperate to find a forever home where he can share all the love he has. He is a lovable fool and anyone who goes to meet him will fall in love.
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.