Sara is a 6 year old female Podenco Cross. She is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. For some unknown reason her previous family owners in Spain took her to the vets to be put to sleep, fortunately a Spanish rescue stepped in and rescued her. Despite this Sara is a incredibly friendly and loving girl with such a bright outlook on life and with a happiness which is really infectious.
She loves being around people and other dogs, she would be happiest in a home with another dog, however she would be OK as an only dog so long as there was someone at home for company the majority of the time.
She would be fine with children over 12 however as she is very friendly and has a tendency to jump up when meeting new people smaller children would be a no. She would need some basic manners training for jumping up greeting people and scanning for unguarded food on kitchen tops however we have started on this and already she is beginning to figure out what is allowed and what is not.
She is housetrained and lovely on a lead. 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.