Zora is a 2 year old female Cross-Breed. She is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. She looks very much like she could be a Scandinavian Wolf dog but is only Spaniel sized.
Zora came to us in January last year, she was extremely afraid and shut down and it’s taken us this long to get her to a point where she is ready for adoption. Even now she still needs a very experienced home to continue to build her confidence.
In her foster home, Zora is a playful and confident member of a large pack. She’s very popular with the other dogs and will need at least one dog in her new home. Anyone coming to see Zora adopt her must crucially expect that she will be afraid of them initially.
Zora is extremely wary outside the confines of her foster home and may always be. She is a creature of habit and anything out of her normal routine instantly puts her on high alert. She’s not snappy or aggressive in situations that scare her but she will try to get away from them and become panicked.
Zora now enjoys her walks in local woods where we don’t encounter many people, she will need to be rehomed quite rurally where time and patience can be offered to get her used to a wider range of experiences.
Zora will never be a city dog and cannot go anywhere too busy. It will take zero time to settle once adopted and her new family will need to follow the advice given by her foster.
This is a striking-looking dog that will attract attention from wolf fans, so much work has gone into getting her to a point where she enjoys fussing and cuddles from her foster family, she will even retrieve toys which are quite rare in a dog that was once so feral.
Zora may look like a wolf but she’s certainly not as brave as one, only love and patience can win her around and anyone interested in adopting her will need that in abundance.
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.