Lauren is a 3 year old female Cross-Breed. She is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. We met Lauren on a recent trip to the Botosani public shelter in Romania.
Just a tiny little waif amongst over 800 dogs. Unfortunately, two of the dogs in her pen were savage little beasties that wanted to eat me so I was unable to enter her pen to get to know her, from a distance I could see that she was nothing like her somewhat feral companions.
Lauren is now safely away from the filth, squalor and chaos of the shelter and in a UK foster home. She is a sweet and submissive girl who does just want a quiet life.
Lauren is initially cautious of strangers but once she gets to know you she’s an affectionate and friendly lap dog.
Lauren mixes well with calm dogs but would be very happy to be an only dog. She is looking for a calm and quiet home with no children under the age of ten.
Lauren seems to be fine with cats and even passed her rabbit test. They were bigger than her cute little self! 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 in situations where unexpected triggers might happen (e.g. around bonfire night).
Nervous dogs may always need to wear a slip-lead as a backup 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.