Dappy is a 4 year old male Cross-Breed. He is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. He came into our care over a year ago from the Botosani public shelter in Romania. He was a fireball who knew only to fear humans and fight any attempts of friendship from them. It’s been a long road but he now trusts his carers and is ready to find an understanding home.
Dappy is still nervous of strangers and it’s very important that anyone applying reads this write up carefully…. We know he’s cute but there’s more too him than his teddy bear appearance would have you believe ?. First and foremost Dappy must live with at least one or more other dog(s) so please do not apply if you don’t already have an existing dog or aren’t prepared to adopt one of his friends along with him. Dappy will need an adult home and adopters will need a good level of dog experience.
It won’t take his adopters as long to earn his trust as it did us as there’s a completely different “starting point” now and he’s learnt an awful lot, but it needs to be understood that he doesn’t want strangers touching him and applicants will be strangers to him for a while and our advise needs to be followed to the letter to make it work. With us Dappy is now a cheeky chap who is relaxed and plays beautifully with the other dogs in his foster home.
He loves his walks but is still quite worried about having his lead put on (psychological damage from brutal dog catchers in Romania). He is happy for us to groom and bath him and gets very excited when we come home. Dappy is a born scruff bag, we spend time and energy grooming him and he does one shake after and is back looking scruffy again but that’s definitely part of his charm. Though not the most straight forward dog, Dappy has huge potential to be a loving and affectionate member of the family given the love and understanding he needs.
He’s quirky, comical and he’s worth every bit of effort put in! 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.