Fran is a 3 year old female Cross-Breed. She is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. We originally rescued Fran on our trip to Bacau in Romania last year. She was living in an industrial area and had a litter of puppies in a large pipe. We brought her to the uk at the earliest opportunity and she was quite quickly adopted but she has now been returned through absolutely no fault of her own!
Fran is the sweetest girl and charms everyone she meets. She is extremely loving and affectionate with people of all ages and could live with children of four years plus.
Fran is currently living alongside other dogs in her foster home but can be a bit grouchy with them initially and it takes her a little time to bond. She would be fine to live as an only dog. Fran walks well on a lead and travels well in a car and is happy to be left home alone for reasonable periods of time with no issues.
She’s actually quite close to being perfect! 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. The Adopted dogs must be collected from the rescue and transported straight home in a crate.