River is a 4 year old female Cross-Breed. She is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. She was brought to the UK independently from us around a year ago. Unfortunately her adopter didn’t have the experience needed to rehabilitate River and we were asked to take her in. Despite being reluctant to be touched by humans River has never been snappy at all but just avoided us at all costs.
She has done extremely well in the last few months, lead training was a challenge but she’s cracked it now and really enjoys her walks. She is now tentatively approaching us for a chin tickle and enjoys being groomed.
She has a little work to still get done to fully relax into a “normal” cuddly dog but in the right home with a little love and patience she will one day be a wonderful pet and companion. River needs a home with at least one other dog in residence, a larger pack would be even better. If you do not have a dog living with you already full time please do not apply. River travels well in a car.
River will take a good two or three weeks to settle in her new home and will need constant supervision during this time. She needs someone experienced with nervous/flight risk dogs and is not suitable for a first time owner or anyone elderly.
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.