Bono is a 12-14 year old male Cross-Breed. He is fostered in Gorleston Norfolk. He came into our care from Romania eight years ago and found a lovely home with a sweet man who has taken very good care of him all these years. Sadly his adopter has just passed away leaving Bono alone and quite depressed. Bono is now back in foster and is doing okay but would really like a calm and peaceful home environment similar to that which he’s just tragically lost.
Bono is a sweet old man who is a little tired on his old legs nowadays as one would expect with old age. He is getting on ok with the dogs in his foster home but wouldn’t want to live with any that would be too boisterous or in his face. Bono would really suit an older person again where he can potter around the garden and be loved for the rest of his days. 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 it situations where unexpected triggers might happen (e.g. around bonfire night). Nervous dogs may always need to wear a slip-lead as a back-up 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.